We recognize the important social and economic contributions that small businesses make in the communities where we operate, including companies owned by ethnic minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities and other groups underrepresented in business. These suppliers give us access to a wider range of backgrounds, experiences, and innovations, thereby increasing the products, services and flexibility available within our supply chain.
In North America, we partner with a wide range of suppliers and business communities to create mutual benefits for all parties. We seek out qualified, certified, diverse suppliers that can provide high-quality goods and services, increasing variety and flexibility within our supply chain. In return, we offer access to our large supply network and opportunities for business growth. Collectively, these efforts lead to economic vitality and higher employment.
We support the development of diverse suppliers by partnering with advocacy groups such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, whose Food & Beverage Industry group is co-chaired by a representative from Mars Chocolate North America (MCNA). Other groups we are involved with include the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (a MCNA Associate sits on its corporate Brain Trust Committee), the Women Business Enterprise National Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. These organizations provide diverse businesses with access to capital, markets, training and mentoring opportunities.
At a market level, we support regional organizations such as the Women’s Business Development Center and the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
We work with diverse suppliers at both tier-1 and tier-2 levels. Tier-1 suppliers are those that sell to Mars directly. Tier-2 suppliers are companies that sell to our main suppliers. Wrigley’s Diverse Business Strategies Council consists of a cross-functional team committed to increasing diversity across the segment’s supply chain.
Read our Supplier Diversity policy in full.