Our Global COVID-19 Response
Our approach to COVID-19 has been, and will continue to be, putting the safety and wellbeing of our Associates first, doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus.
We are also focused on getting the products that people and their pets rely on delivered to their homes and having our 2,500 veterinary hospitals continue to look after the health of millions of pets.
In the broader community, we’ve been focusing on making a difference through our collective donations of cash and products – which totaled $26 million – and through acts of generosity and kindness demonstrated by Associates. Our Five Principles continues to guide our actions today to set us up for the world we want tomorrow.
Prioritizing the health, safety and livelihoods of our Associates
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it brings, Mars is committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our 125,000 Associates. Preventing the spread of the virus is paramount. That’s why we have put additional protocols and safety measures in place for our Associates in essential facilities and those that are working at home. We’re also expanding our benefits and wellbeing resources to support them and their families at this particularly stressful time.Learn more
Supporting people, pets and communities most affected by COVID-19
Together with our local markets and company foundations, Mars made an initial cash and in-kind donation of $20M — and now totaling over $26M — to support the communities in which we operate and the most vulnerable in our supply chain.Read more
Economic Recovery Benefits
Throughout the COVID-19 global crisis, Mars has been guided by our Five Principles to focus our overall response plans on keeping our Associates and their families safe, and maintaining the continuity of our business. It’s impossible to assess the impact that this will have on each of us, the global economy and our business right now. But, we have confidence that we can manage what comes.
Many governments are considering emergency economic support packages for businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and their employees. At Mars, we do not believe that any of the industry categories in which we operate require broad category-specific bailouts. We encourage Governments to focus economic assistance packages to support general economic recovery and those businesses hardest hit by the crisis, that have been closed by government mandates and where employees' jobs have been negatively impacted.
News & Stories  • May 21st, 2020