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  • Overall approach
    4/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Palm oil
      "Together with its suppliers, Barilla supports “Zero Deforestation” and undertakes not to purchase palm oil from producers who are responsible for forest fires and deforestation."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      2/2
      Signatory
      Yes
      2/2
      Consumer Goods Forum
      "Barilla believes in the importance of its active participation in many national and international initiatives, many of which have been an on-going tradition for years [including the Consumer Goods Forum]."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      2/2
      Awareness
      Yes
      2/2
      Barilla shows an awareness of the importance of protecting forest ecosystems through this quote:"Palm oil for example, is characterized by an environmental impact due to deforestation in many parts of Malaysia and Indonesia, where it is produced, resulting in a loss of biodiversity".
  • Commodity score
    39/86
    • Palm oil
      63/86
      • Commitment Strength
        37/40
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/16
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            More Details: RSPO
            Details: Zero deforestation, Certification
            Barilla supports “Zero Deforestation” and undertakes not to purchase palm oil from producers who are responsible for forest fires and deforestation." "Barilla is working to ensure that palm oil comes from plantations that belong to suppliers committed to protect forests and peat bogs, as well as human rights and communities." As well as this, "Barilla is committed to ensure that its suppliers:...Do not destroy High Carbon Stock Forests (HCS)... Do not plant on peat soils of any depth...…[and] Maintain High Conservation Value areas (HCV)."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Barilla's commitment applies to all sourcing regions, operations and suppliers.
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            100% since 2015.
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          12/12
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Details: HCS, Peat
            "Barilla is committed to ensure that its suppliers:...Do not destroy High Carbon Stock Forests (HCS)... Do not plant on peat soils of any depth...…[and] Maintain High Conservation Value areas (HCV)."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Barilla's commitment applies to all sourcing regions, operations and suppliers.
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            100% since 2015.
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/12
          • Commitment details
            Back to mill/crushing facility/slaughterhouse
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Back to mill/crushing facility/slaughterhouse
            4/4
            More Details: Checks compliance
            Details: Downstream
            "Barilla is committed to ensure that its suppliers:…Acquire palm oil fully traceable till [[sic] to the mill, including small producers."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.3
            Barilla's commitment extends back to the mill, including small producers.
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            Barilla's commitment has applied to all suppliers since 2015.
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            100% since 2015.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Certification
            100% of palm oil used by Barilla continued to be RSPO certified In 2017.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Yes
          4/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Yes
          4/4
          "The suppliers are already engaged to ensure the achievement of this commitment within the end of 2015. Barilla supports them and monitors the results."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engages non-compliant suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engages non-compliant suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "The suppliers are already engaged to ensure the achievement of this commitment within the end of 2015. Barilla supports them and monitors the results."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Barilla are a member of the "UN Global Compact Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (Core Advisory Group)" and particpate in annual meetings.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          154 tonnes
          Barilla reported that 154 tonnes of palm oil used was 100% compliant in 2017.
      • Social Considerations
        10/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "According to this context, Barilla is committed to ensure that its suppliers...Recognize, respect and strengthen workers' rights, including the right to free, prior and informed consent of indigenous and local communities."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          ILO, UN Declaration for HR
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          ILO, UN Declaration for HR
          4/4
          "Barilla reaffirms its commitments to operate within the framework of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions and Recommendations of the ILO (International Labor Organization), the Earth Charter published by the Earth Council and the United Nations Global Compact proposal." This is stated within their Code of Ethics which also applies to suppliers.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Labour rights
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Labour rights
          2/4
          Barilla disallow discrimination based on gender, with this applying to suppliers.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/86
      • Commitment Strength
        14/40
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/16
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            More Details: FSC, PEFC
            Details: Certification
            Barilla commit to "ensure that 100% of packaging is responsibly purchased, in line with the Barilla Global Packaging policy" by 2020. As well as this, "Barilla’s approach to responsible management of its paper and cardboard packaging is to utilise virgin fibre materials from supply chains managed in line with the FSC or PEFC standards."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Barilla's commitment applies to all sourcing regions, operations and suppliers.
          • Target date
            2020
            1/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, ensure that 100% of packaging is responsibly purchased."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            99% of paper and cardboard used for packaging was certified to FSC, PEFC and SFI standards in 2017.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Certification
            99% of paper and cardboard used for packaging was certified to FSC, PEFC and SFI standards in 2017.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No
          0/4
          Barilla verifies compliance of suppliers on critical social issues but not environmental issues.
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Barilla are a member of the "UN Global Compact Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (Core Advisory Group)" and particpate in annual meetings.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          1
          Barilla reported using 25,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard for packaging, of which 100% was certified by PEFC, FSC and SFI in 2016.
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          ILO
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          ILO
          4/4
          "Barilla reaffirms its commitments to operate within the framework of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions and Recommendations of the ILO (International Labor Organization), the Earth Charter published by the Earth Council and the United Nations Global Compact proposal." This is stated within their Code of Ethics which also applies to suppliers.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Labour rights
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Labour rights
          2/4
          Barilla disallow discrimination based on gender, with this applying to suppliers.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      23/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/40
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          15/23
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            5.3/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            5.3/10.7
            Details: Sustainability commitment
            More Details: Other (specify in notes)
            "In Italy, Barilla also uses soybean oil in its recipes, which it procures entirely from producers who meet the requirements of CSQA standard DTP 112."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            2/2
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            2/2
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            2/2
            Barilla's commitment applies to its operations in Italy.
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes (put details in notes)
            2/2
            Barilla's commitment is currently being implemented and applies to all soy purchased in Italy.
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No
          0/4
          Barilla verifies compliance of suppliers on critical social issues but not environmental issues.
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          UN Global Compact Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (Core Advisory Group)
          Barilla are a member of the "UN Global Compact Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (Core Advisory Group)" and particpate in annual meetings.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          ILO, UN Declaration for HR
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          ILO, UN Declaration for HR
          4/4
          "Barilla reaffirms its commitments to operate within the framework of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions and Recommendations of the ILO (International Labor Organization), the Earth Charter published by the Earth Council and the United Nations Global Compact proposal." This is stated within their Code of Ethics which also applies to suppliers.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Labour rights
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Labour rights
          2/4
          Barilla disallow discrimination based on gender, with this applying to suppliers.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    22/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Barilla is an Italian food company active in 100 countries around the world. Its products include pasta, sauces, breads and bakery products. The company is a major player in the global baked goods and rice, pasta and noodles markets. It is also one of the top players in the US and Western Europe. Palm oil is an important ingredient in many products. In 2015, for example, Barilla used about 35,000 metric tons of palm oil and derivatives in its products.

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Packaged food
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Italy
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Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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