Ferrero began its story in the town of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, in 1946. Today it is amongst the market leaders in the confectionery sector.
The Ferrero Group is present across 55 countries and it has 25 production plants around the world, of which 3 are social enterprises being part of the Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project in Africa and Asia. In addition, at the beginning of 2015, the Group set up the Ferrero Hazelnut Company (HCo) that includes 6 agricultural companies and 8 manufacturing plants.
Ferrero has social responsibility in its DNA, strongly promoting respect for human rights and adhering to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and to the United Nation Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights. For further information visit: www.ferrerocsr.com
Ferrero Australia started in 1974 and since that time has sold the famous Ferrero brands such as Tic Tac, NUTELLA®, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Surprise, Kinder Chocolate and Bueno. Consistent with Ferrero’s global objectives, the Ferrero factory in Lithgow, New South Wales, is certified to the international standards of Food Safety (ISO22000 + PAS 220), Quality Management (ISO 9001), Environmental Management (ISO14001) and Energy Management (ISO50001).
In Australia, Ferrero proudly follows its global principle of “work, create, donate” and applies its CSR principles locally. The company has partnerships with two organisations: Brainwave, which provides practical assistance and emotional support to children with brain related illnesses, and Foodbank, which supplies food to disadvantaged Australians.
In 2017, Ferrero’s global CSR program Kinder+Sport was introduced to Australia in the form of a partnership with Deakin University. Ferrero is supporting a four-year study to establish the Joy of Moving Australia research project, titled ‘Getting children moving: An evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Joy of Moving” program in Australian primary school aged children’. This partnership will allow Deakin University to conduct an evidence-based research program, which aims to be the preferred physical activity program that is available to all Australian primary school-aged children and endorsed by experts. For further information visit: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/news/articles/Australian-Joy-of-Moving-research
In 2011 Agri Australis, a subsidiary of the Ferrero Group, commenced near Narrandera, New South Wales, to foster the development of a hazelnut industry in Australia. This involves the planting of close to one million hazelnut trees on 2,000 hectares as a large-scale demonstration farm. In 2013 Agri Australis was recognised by the Federal Government with an award for its outstanding contribution to the integrity of Australian biosecurity.