It is easy to talk about company ethics but Caligari&Babbi, which specializes in fennel and is known for its Finò brand, has the facts to prove it.
The new company facility
"My partner Vittorio and I have always believed in honesty and fairness when it comes to the relationships with our employees, collaborators, producers, suppliers and clients. We believed in it when we were employees, and we are putting into practice now that we are the owners," explains Marco Babbi.
Vittorio Caligari and Marco Babbi
According to Caligari and Babbi, ethics is a nice word, but it only makes sense if it is followed by actions. "We would like everyone to feel at home. People need to be greeted with a smile, need a pat on the shoulder and need to be encouraged. In our new facility, we have set up a canteen, an infirmary, changing rooms with personalized lockers and bathrooms with showers. We provide working clothes on a regular basis. Feeling rewarded helps work better and, as sons of producers and workers, we are well aware of it."
Ethics also means respecting the work of producers. "Those who work with us know it well - even when times are bad, our objective is to never sell below production costs. We start from the field cost and never go back on it. We would like our clients in big retail chains and markets to understand that."
What is ethical? "Guaranteeing a fair remuneration along the entire chain. Not too little and not too much, but what is fair so that everyone can be pleased. Some promotions below cost are unethical, because they force you to lose money."
"Price is a component of the product, as are other factors such as quality, traceability and ethics. I dream of a world where the entire production chain is taken into consideration to establish a fair price for all."