illy named one of the world’s most ethical companies

illycaffè has been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2019, and has also launched its first line of Nespresso pods.

illycaffè has been recognised for the past seven years, is one of only three honorees in the food, beverage & agriculture industry, and the only company from Italy to receive the distinction. Ethics are a core value for illy, which focuses on creating and sharing superior stakeholder value over time through its commitment to improvement, transparency, sustainability, and people development.

In 2019, 128 honorees were recognised spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The list illustrates how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.

“Ethics are essential to the long-term sustainability of any organisation, which is not built overnight, but as a core value that is aligned with measurable commitments and actions”, said Andrea Illy, chairman of illycaffè.

“The role of the private sector is key to creating a sustainable society, of which companies represent the building blocks. If we want a better society for the next generations, we need to start from better companies. We are proud to be recognised by The Ethisphere Institute and thank them for their continued role in recognising ethics leadership and building a community that advances ethical business practices.”

Ethisphere’s CEO, Timothy Erblich said: “Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last. I congratulate everyone at illycaffè for earning this recognition.”


The accolade comes in the same week illy has lunched its first line of pods compatible with Nespresso machines.

Available in packs of 10, the pods come in three blends:

  • Classico, in espresso and lungo
  • Intenso, in espresso
  • Forte, in espresso

The new capsules will be available to the public from April 2019 in 9 countries (Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the United States), and can be purchased in the large-scale retail channel, from the illy e-shop, and in single-brand stores (illy Caffè and illy Shop).

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