We want to help farmers around the world produce more with less so we can all enjoy a greener world. As one of the world’s leading food manufacturers, we think it’s our duty to play a role in developing new ways to achieve higher yields, higher quality, and higher incomes for farmers — all while using less land, less water and less energy. We have committed to purchasing 100 percent of several key raw materials through independent certification programs that share these same goals, such as the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, Fairtrade International and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Certification is a good step in the right direction, but we need to go further. To make a dramatic difference in the lives of millions across rural areas in Africa, Asia and South America, we’re investing in innovative scientific research and other programs that also seek to improve farming and production methods, which will help these farmers increase both the quality and the volume of their output.
Sustainability changes in progress: as of 2014, Mars purchased 32% of its black tea from certified sources.