Our Approach to Business

An old picture of Forrest E. Mars, Sr.

The Story of Mars

In 1911, Frank C. Mars began making candies in his Tacoma, Washington, U.S., kitchen and established our first roots in the confectionery business.
Mars Associates having a meeting - Mars products on shelves in the background


Mars, Incorporated is a privately owned company governed by a Board of Directors who are members of the Mars family.
Two women walking dogs

Defining our Approach

We work hard to identify, understand and prioritize the many ways that our business impacts people and the planet, using science to define the challenge or opportunity and promote innovative thinking and solutions.
Mars Associate pets chocolate lab in park in Waltham

Mars and Science

Science plays a key role in tackling a wide range of social, economic and environmental challenges facing our business and society, from climate change to food security. Innovation is also at the core of developing sustainable, quality Mars products.
Mars Associate Howard Yana-Shapiro presents at 2012 TEDMED conference

Working with Others

Collaboration to create lasting mutual benefits is at the heart of the way we do business. Open dialogue and strategic partnerships help us establish effective business strategies and share what we learn for the benefit of society and the environment.
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