Mars’ Principles in Action Report Shares Far-Reaching Health & Sustainability Commitments
At Mars, our bold commitments to sustainable practices across the world are a priority. We believe that the only way to create a better future for generations to come is through sustainable operations and healthier products. Mars’ annual Principles is Action Summary report is our opportunity to share and track our progress, while holding ourselves accountable for the work yet to be done.
“We have made significant progress toward making our operations truly sustainable over the last five years,” said Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer for Mars, Incorporated. “Our Associates are engaged in the work we are doing, and we’re proud that, as of the end of 2015, we achieved a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and generated zero waste to landfill from all of our factories around the world. But we also missed the target in some critical areas—such as sustainable packaging improvements—so there’s plenty more to be done. Over the next five years—and beyond—we will continue to bring our Five Principles to life across our entire supply chain, from farm to consumer.”
The report outlines progress made in 2015 related to sustainability, health and wellbeing, food safety, responsible marketing and workplace engagement across our diverse business segments, including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. Below are some highlights from Mars’ 2015 Principles in Action Summary:
- Life at Mars – For the fifth year in a row, Mars made Great Place to Work’s “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” top 25 list, in addition to other workplace accolades across markets—from being named the best workplace in Europe to one of the best multinational workplaces in Asia. Through Mars University, our global development curriculum, Associates had access to 478,193 hours of training to broaden their experience, skills and leadership competencies.
- Health & Wellbeing – Last year, over 99 percent of Mars chocolate and confectionary products were below 250 kcal. Additionally, Mars took a leadership position in supporting leading health authorities’ advice that people should limit their intake of added sugars to no more than 10 percent of total calories. We also delivered on our commitment to provide GDA labeling on 99 percent of all chocolate, confectionary and food products, and launched the Food Nutrition Criteria to guide our Food segment in making its products healthier.
- Food Safety – To foster pre-competitive research and training, Mars opened a Global Food Safety Center in China in 2015. Further, Mars is pioneering global research in food safety by partnering with others in the food industry, academia, non-governmental organizations and government agencies.
- Sustainability – Mars reduced greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 25 percent from a 2007 baseline and sent zero waste to landfill at all 126 of our manufacturing sites globally. Additionally, Mars’ Mesquite Creek wind farm in Texas began generating the equivalent of 100 percent of the electricity required to power Mars’ U.S. operations in 2015. In terms of raw materials, Mars obtained 100 percent of our palm oil, black tea and coffee; 40 percent of our cocoa; and 35 percent of our fish and seafood from certified sources.
“While we celebrate our progress and the efforts of Mars Associates all over the world, we’re also keenly aware that big challenges remain,” said Grant F. Reid, CEO and Office of the President for Mars, Incorporated. “I’m confident that we are making a positive impact and creating growth that we can be proud of by delivering on our Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Efficiency, Mutuality and Freedom. I’m also certain that if business, government, non-governmental organizations and society work together, we can secure a great future for generations to come.”
To view and download the Mars Principles in Action 2015 Summary, click here.