Our company and Associates have been guided by our Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom for generations.
Of course, most businesses consider quality, responsibility, and efficiency to be important. What distinguishes Mars is how we embed these Principles in our approach to business, and commit to doing business in ways that create mutual benefits for all those involved in our success. In addition, we believe that as a private, family-owned business, we have more freedom than others to make long-term investments in tackling the grand challenges facing our business and planet, such as climate change and food security. We support measures to address these challenges through our work on scientific research and discovery.
By working with others, including our customers, suppliers, governments, nongovernmental organizations, industry, academia and research centers, we can help create a successful future for all.
Mars in a Moment
Mars makes many great products. We provide quality pet foods, refreshing teas and coffees, nutritious family foods, as well as tasty gum and confections. We have 401 factories and offices in 73 countries. We have more than 70,000 Associates, thousands of suppliers and millions of consumers worldwide. Our annual global net sales total more than US$30 billion across our Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience businesses.
We are a global company that acts locally. Our business segments are decentralized, but our Five Principles unite us across geographies, cultures and generations and shape our decision making. Read more about our Business Segments, our Major Markets, and Where We Operate.
What Sustainability Means to Mars
We seek to create lasting mutual benefits for all those involved in our business success by amplifying our positive social impacts, minimizing our environmental footprint and helping to create economic prosperity. We recognize our obligation to help address the challenges facing society and our company, and that our business cannot endure for future generations without doing so.
We aim to lead by example by making a difference through our business performance. This begins with the impacts of our factories and offices (our “operations”), where we have direct control. Our ambitious Sustainable in a Generation program aims to eliminate fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 2040.
We are working to create sustainable prosperity in the communities where we source our ingredients. One example is our partnership with governments, industry and nongovernmental organizations to improve sustainability and livelihoods in the cocoa industry.
Our ambition is to use our iconic brands to educate, encourage and partner with consumers to champion good causes and promote the purchase of products that are better for people and planet.