Barilla periodically checks the relevance of the issues on which it has chosen to set its business model.
Starting from the involvement of the stakeholders, Barilla analyses each year the “materiality”, which is the relevance of the themes of its work and reporting. For this analysis specific aspects of the food industry and of groups similar to Barilla are evaluated with regards to governance and size. Barilla managers compare them to the strategic priorities set by the Group and with the needs expressed by the outside world. It is thus possible to identify the most interesting themes and the business’ most relevant areas.
Sources of the analysis have been:
- Results of he stakeholders’ engagement activities organized by Barilla during these last years.
- Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and sector specifics mentioned on the GRI’s “Sustainability Topics for Sectors” document.
- United Nations Global Compact.
- Topics considered by international institutions (OECD, European Directive for disclosure of non-financial information) and the “Sustainable Development Goals”.
- “National plan of action on corporate social responsibility 2012-2014″, Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, “Balanced and sustainable wellbeing in Italy”, ISTAT (June 2014).
- Media analysis.
- Topics considered by consumer associations and trade associations (Consumer Goods Forum, WBCSD, Caobisco, Italian Consumers Union, Adiconsum, Altroconsumo, AIDEPI, IPO, UNAFPA).
- Topics considered by the main sustainability rating agencies.