About Mars Hellas

Mars Hellas is the Greek affiliate of the US multinational company Mars Incorporated. Based in Paiania, Attiki, the company currently employs over 140 associates and operates in 4 business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Food and Gum. Since 1983, Mars Hellas markets some of the most renowned brands in Greece: the Mars®, Snickers®, Twix®, Bounty®, M&M’s® and Maltesers® chocolates, the Uncle Bens® rice and sauce, the Dolmio® sauce, the Orbit® and 5® gum, and last but not least, the Pedigree®, Whiskas®, Sheba®, Cesar® and Nutro® petcare products. Mars Hellas associates are guided by the Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. By living up to these Five Principles we can make a difference for both people and the planet through our performance. For years Mars Hellas has been in the top ten companies in the ranking by the Great Place to Work Institute, which identifies the Best Workplaces in Greece.

Our history

Mars Hellas markets some of the most popular brands in four different business segments: Chocolate, Food, Gum & Petcare. Over the years it has empowered its presence in the Greek market.

How we operate

Mars Hellas’ brands its commitment to its Associates has further developed the firm in the Greek market. All our Associates are aware of the fact that a clear strategic vision, combined with motivation, training, in-house communication, commitment, and teamwork, is crucial to achieve top quality and build a great business.

Our Five Principles (Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom) are synonymous with the Mars culture and have been guiding Mars Associates throughout its history. Every day, we do our best to put our principles into action through our work and our relationships with our consumers, customers, business partners, communities and one another. We focus on meritocracy, health, life quality as well as on the regular job opportunities and professional development for everyone. By this way, all our employees feel part of a large family that operates efficiently and successfully.

Our philosophy, reinforces the firm’s teamwork and the process of engaging all Associates in the decision making process. The company shows respect towards its consumers, following the inviolable principle of high quality products, but also to the business unit by accepting and displaying on every occasion the moral values of entrepreneurship and social welfare. In that context, Mars Hellas has been certified for years on by EBENGR, according to the model SEE G (Social-Environmental - Ethical - Governance), which demonstrates its commitment to the principles of sustainability.

Mars Hellas aims at contributing in society through a series of social responsibility programs. Orbit®'s campaign "Chew for change" in collaboration with SOS Children Villages, Pedigree®’s campaign entitled "Pets for Kids" along with the Make a Wish NGO are only a few of the most recent examples of Mars Hellas’ CSR activity.

The Five Principles of Mars

The Five Principles of Mars - Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency, Freedom

The Mars Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom are the foundation of our culture and our approach to business. They unite us across geographies, languages, cultures and generations.

Our Five Principles are synonymous with Mars and have been guiding Mars Associates throughout most of our company’s history. Every day, we do our best to put our principles into action through our work and our relationships with our consumers, customers, business partners, communities and one another.

  • Quality
  • Responsibility
  • Mutuality
  • Efficiency
  • Freedom

Quality

The consumer is our boss, quality is our work and value for money is our goal.

Our company is dedicated to the highest quality in all the work we do. Quality is the uncompromising standard for our actions, and it flows from our passion and our pride in being part of the Mars community. Quality work, which results from our personal efforts, is the first ingredient of quality brands and the source of our reputation for high standards.

Responsibility

As individuals, we demand total responsibility from ourselves; as Associates, we support the responsibilities of others.

We choose to be different from those corporations where many levels of management dilute personal responsibility. All Associates are asked to take direct responsibility for results, to exercise initiative and judgment and to make decisions as required. By recruiting ethical people well suited to their jobs and trusting them, we ask Associates to be accountable for their own high standards.

Mutuality

A mutual benefit is a shared benefit; a shared benefit will endure.

We believe the standard by which our business relationships should be measured is the degree to which mutual benefits are created.

These benefits can take many different forms, and need not be strictly financial in nature. Likewise, while we must try to achieve the most competitive terms, the actions of Mars should never be at the expense, economic or otherwise, of others with whom we work.

Efficiency

We use resources to the full, waste nothing and do only what we can do best.

How is it possible to maintain our principles, offering superior value for money and sharing our success? Our strength lies in our efficiency, the ability to organize all our assets – physical, financial and human – for maximum productivity. In this way, our products and services are made and delivered with the highest quality, at the least possible cost, with the lowest consumption of resources; similarly, we seek to manage all our business operations with the most efficient processes for decision making.

Freedom

We need freedom to shape our future; we need profit to remain free.

Mars is one of the world’s largest family-owned corporations. This family ownership is a deliberate choice. Many companies began as Mars did, but as they grew larger and required new sources of funds, they sold stocks or incurred restrictive debt to fuel their business. To extend their growth, they exchanged a portion of their freedom. We believe growth and prosperity can be achieved another way.

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