The Piera, Pietro and Giovanni Ferrero Foundation was set up in 1983 as the “Ferrero Social Initiative”; since 1991, it has been recognised by the Ministry of the Interior as a Foundation and falls into the category of socially useful non-profit organisations (ONLUS). Presided over by Maria Franca Ferrero, the Foundation embodies the idea of Pietro's son Cavaliere del Lavoro Michele Ferrero who, in 1946, worked together with his brother Giovanni to found the confectionery company that has become a multinational corporation.
The “family” style of the Ferrero company is still a fundamental characteristic easily seen in its production operations. This approach includes a sense of social responsibility at both a global level and in individual employment relations, despite the considerable size that the company has reached. From the very beginning, this sense of "family" has been a widespread sentiment amongst the workers who, with their dedication and in a climate of mutual trust, have contributed to the success of the Ferrero brand. In over sixty years, several generations of people have worked for Ferrero, which can boast experience of long-term employment like few other companies.
Alongside Michele Ferrero were people who contributed towards the growth of the company, generously giving material and intellectual resources and demonstrating a support and a team spirit that went well beyond formal working relationships. Michele was keen to ensure these people that when they reached pension age, they would have the opportunity to remain active, valuable and astute regarding their own lives and those of others, in an environmental and emotional framework of security and solidarity.
In 1972, the Ferrero family handed out the first company long-service awards to all employees who had worked for the company for 25 consecutive years - the first 25 years of the Ferrero story. They were the first “Ferrero Seniors”, a community of individuals who now find their most useful, gratifying and fulfilling purpose in the Piera, Pietro and Giovanni Ferrero Foundation.
For over thirty years, Work, Create, Donate has been the Foundation's motto. It is the philosophy that inspired my husband's whole life, which he transmitted to me, to his family and to all the Company employees.Maria Franca Ferrero
Work, Create, Donate