Simon Knott, a proud Mars Associate, decided to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Melton Mars Petcare factory in the U.K. in a special way. Gathering together over 600 children at a local primary school, he put on a fun and educational event demonstrating how the Melton factory and Mars Petcare business operate – connecting the people to our products, services and each other.
The day started with an assembly that covered Mars’ global environmental commitments, the impact of manufacturing and an interactive energy awareness quiz. Throughout the event, children visited four booths run by Associates from the Melton site, each with a theme of brand, teamwork, corporate responsibility or pet nutrition. We then asked teams of children to design and label a product, decide on ingredients and communicate their company values. The day ended with a fun competition in which teams got to create and pitch a petcare product.
The day was a great success and serves as a model for community engagement with local schools. Simon, who formerly worked in packaging at the Melton Mars factory, is now on a six-month assignment as a Make the Difference Ambassador, rolling out his project to other Mars sites.
SEQUENCING OF THE CACAO GENOME
We can solve any problem by working together. In 2010, Mars Associates Howard Yana Shapiro and Juan Carlos Motamayor Arias partnered with IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a two-year effort to sequence and annotate the cocoa genome. This groundbreaking work has helped increase the yields of cocoa farmers — improving their way of life and their future.
MEASURING FOR SUSTAINABILITY AT OUR BOLTON FOOD PLANT
Knowing how much you use is the first step to reducing — and doing better for the planet. That’s why Craig Heffernan and Peter Low installed a measurement system and a real-time website at the Bolton Food Plant in Canada to understand how much energy and water the site was using. Through their efforts, in 2010 they reduced energy and water use by 15 percent.
WRIGLEY SUPPORTS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN MEXICO
More than six million people in Mexico have a physical disability. In 2011 Wrigley’s People & Organization team led a project to encourage greater inclusion of people of all abilities at Wrigley’s operations in the country. The team hosted experiential learning sessions — such as learning sign language — to help Associates understand how people with disabilities live.
Now, our team is working with universities and non-governmental organizations to make Wrigley a more attractive and welcoming workplace for people of all abilities. For their efforts, Wrigley Mexico proudly received the Certification of Inclusive Company from Mexico’s Federal Government in 2012.