June has been a busy sustainability month for Mars, with the company participating in both the Rio+20 Summit - the landmark event marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and the Responsible Business Summit in New York City.
On Friday 29 June, Andrew Hobday, Chief sustainability Officer at Mars, joined a panel on “How to build an ethically sourced and robust supply chain” at the Responsible Business Summit, in New York, setting out the sustainability journey that Mars has been on over the last 30 years. The Summit brought together 500 sustainability executives, NGO representatives and business leaders in New York and explored the themes of Collaboration, Cultural Change and Competitive Edge.
Andrew Hobday, also appeared on three different panels at the Rio+20 conference - a unique sustainability summit that brought together world leaders, governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups to shape policy on sustainable development. Andrew contributed to conversations around the business case for sustainability, sustainability standards and how collaboration between different groups can help to deliver commitments on natural capital.
Mars have recently announced that they are becoming a signatory of The Leadership Compact – a statement of intent, signed by global business leaders in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, - committing to value and maintain the Earth’s natural capital. The Leadership Compact, which was signed by Richard Ware on behalf of Mars, seeks to draw mutual agreement from business leaders, whilst simultaneously urging international government to align economic development with the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources.
Speaking about Mars’ participation in these industry-leading events, Andrew Hobday said “We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment through our supply chain, operations and brands and we have set ourselves bold and ambitious targets for the coming years. As a business, we have a responsibility to engage in these globally important discussions about challenges across climate change, food security and economic and social development and to work with others in addressing these issues.”