Charting a new Course
Barilla USA is a shinning example of how a company can chage its ways for the better By Tim Nedoba, Des Moines metro editor, September 2019
Barilla USA likes to say in their human resources brochure, “...we can’t travel alone.”
There is more meaning in this statement than may appear at first glance. In terms of the LGBTQ community, it once seemed that Barilla was not the most inclusive company. You probably know Barilla as the maker of the spaghetti you buy at your local grocery store or supermarket. You may also remember a boycott against Barilla by the LGBTQ community launched in 2013. If you’re like me, you had long ago forgotten this boycott. In an interview with Barilla vice president human resources Laura A. Birk talked about how the company did not forget this charge and instead took it upon itself to change course. She also talked about the steps taken to bring about this positive change in company culture. Barilla is an excellent example of a company that can publicly admit their errors and then work very hard to correct those errors. Barilla now has received a perfect score from HRC as a “Best Places to Work” for five consecutive years. Barilla America is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, and also operates a plant in Ames, IA, with 214 employees. The Ames Barilla plant is the “Volunteer Zone Sponsor” for Ames Pride 2019. Ames Pride released this statement to GoGuide Magazine: “Over the last several years, Barilla has made significant progress in our diversity and inclusion journey. We believe that diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do – it is also fundamental to our way of doing business. We value the opportunity to engage with the Ames community during Ames Pridefest..” The record speaks for itself. Barilla has changed course and is a worthy corporate sponsor.
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