9. Why has Barilla embarked on a Supplier Diversity and Inclusion initiative at this time?
Barilla’s mission is to create opportunities so that diverse firms can do business in the highly competitive food and consumer products industries, while continuing to grow and develop their expertise.
Barilla is already a corporate member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (“NMSDC”) and supports NMSDC’s focus on capacity-building for diverse firms. The natural next step for Barilla is to implement a formal Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program.