Note on Methodology

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The “Good for You, Good for the Planet” Report is the main tool for transparent reporting on the environmental and social performance of the Group. 

It provides a description of the strategies, the projects and the results achieved by Barilla G.e.R. Fratelli S.p.A in the perspective of creating value in the long term and attention towards stakeholders’ expectations.

The current Report, published annually since 2008, was created in accordance with the sustainability reporting guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), version G4, application level “Core Option”.

Data and information reported refer to the fiscal period 1 January - 31 December 2016, unless otherwise stated. The reporting scope corresponds to the Consolidated Financial Statements as of 31 December 2016; possible scope limitations have been indicated on the document. Data related to production refers to the Group’s Companies operating in Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Russia, USA and Mexico. Data relating to distribution and marketing of the products include, in addition to those countries indicated above, also Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates, Brazil, Canada, Australia, China, Japan and Singapore.

There are no significant events or changes in measurement methods that could decisively affect the comparability of the information contained in this Report against the details shown in the previous edition, unless clearly indicated in specific notes.

For additional details on targets, indicators and results achieved or for comments to this document you can send a request to: [email protected] 

This document has been written with the technical and methodological support of KPMG Advisory S.p.A..


STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT: Barilla is committed to identify and establish an open and transparent dialogue with those people who, in various capacities, bring their contribution to the company’ activities or are influenced by them. In this regard, the Report describes the Group’s main stakeholders, their requests and expectations towards Barilla, as well as listening and engagement platforms.

SUSTAINABILITY CONTEXT: Barilla measured and described its sustainability performance, taking into consideration the international context and the global debate on themes related to food and nutrition. It has indeed tried to identify the current and long term Groups’ contribution towards sustainable development both locally and globally, also detailing the contributions of Barilla’s mission “Good for You, Good for the Planet” towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

MATERIALITY: the Report indicates the social and environmental aspects relative to Barilla’s business which, based on stakeholders’ engagement and corporate management assessments, are more relevant for Barilla and for the local communities.

COMPLETENESS: details of the Report and relative qualitative and quantitative indicators, as well as the reporting scope, reflect the economic, environmental and social impacts significant for the whole Group in all the main geographical areas and contexts where the Group may significantly influence the stakeholders.

BALANCE BETWEEN POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS: the document describes the Barilla Group’s main performance indicators and shows the areas where the Group’s management is, as of now, already more structured, as well as the areas of improvement and future challenges.

COMPARABILITY: the Report presents, where possible, data relative to the last two periods ended on 31 December 2015 and 2016. It also provides information about Barilla Group’s quantitative and qualitative goals up to  2020 in line with the business strategy defined. Where it was considered relevant to provide more accurate analysis, the comparison with relative data from previous years is also shown.

ACCURACY: to ensure reliability of the information given, directly measurable quantities have been used, avoiding the use of estimates as much as possible. When necessary, they are based on best calculation methodologies available or sampling, and when used this is clearly indicated. IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, defined methods have been used to calculate data relative to consumption and emissions.

TIMELINESS: The Barilla Group's Reporting cycle is annual. As for the previous edition, the document was presented alongside the Consolidated Financial Statements as of 31 December 2016.

CLARITY: the description of the activities and the projects hold information as clear and useful as possible to any of the Group’s stakeholders, with an average in-depth reporting of technical and industry specific data.

RELIABILITY: Collecting and verifying data engages multiple corporate functions and individuals from various countries within the scope of the report, and the use of information technology system for data collection. This is followed by a consolidation and verification process performed by the representatives of the various work groups, each for the respective area of responsibility. The document is not subjected to third party verification. Responsibility for the data and the information presented on the report, therefore, rests entirely with Barilla's managers.