Providing affordable and nutritious food for a growing global population is one of the great challenges of our time. Society must find ways of producing food more sustainably, so that future generations are also provided for.
As one of the world’s leading food manufacturers, Mars has a role to play in helping our agricultural suppliers to produce more with less. Higher yields, higher quality, higher incomes for farmers and improved livelihoods; less land, less water, less energy and greenhouse gas emissions. We have committed to purchasing 100 percent of several key raw materials through independent certification programs that share these goals, such as the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, Fairtrade International and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Certification is a good step in the right direction. We are taking further steps by investing in innovative scientific research and other programs that seek to improve farming and production methods, which will help suppliers to increase both the quality and the volume of their output. As a result, Mars will secure safe, reliable, sustainable supplies of high-quality raw materials, and suppliers will boost their incomes through increased yields and quality. As some of our supply chains begin with many small farmers in rural parts of Africa, Asia and South America, this work has the potential to make a dramatic difference to the livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people, for generations to come.