Mars Volunteer Program (MVP) - Careers | Mars, Incorporated



From lending a helping hand at community schools to volunteering at animal shelters and nature preserves, Mars Associates volunteer thousands of hours of their time through the Mars Volunteer Program (MVP).


MVP is a powerful example of how we — as a company and as individuals — put our Principles into Action in the communities that are at the heart of our business, our sourcing and operating communities. This worldwide initiative unleashes the positive power of our greatest assets: our Associates. They give their time and talents to organize, lead and recruit other volunteers to join them in making a difference through fundraising, education and hands-on activities.


Last year, more than 23,000 Associates from 282 sites volunteered more than 100,000 hours. Some 130,000 people and more than 100,000 pets globally were positively impacted. The result was that 97% of all MVP activities recorded in 2017 were on strategy.

Below are some great examples of how the Mars Volunteer Program is making a difference:

  • Food Australia hosted the largest one-day MVP event in its history. Contributing a mind-boggling 1,000 hours, they organized a shopping challenge to demonstrate the pressures and costs for at-need families, donated all the food to local shelters, then split up to pick fruit, plant gardens, install sports equipment and help with cooking at farms, schools, and rehab and respite centers. 
  • Food North America hosted an event with Culinary Care in Chicago to provide healthy meals to cancer patients and their families during treatments. They hosted (and won) a cook-off using a low-sodium recipe.
  • Food Olen cooked a feast on a budget for people in need at the Centrum voor Algemeen Welzijn (Centre for General Wellbeing).
  • Food South Africa volunteered at a soup kitchen and made a generous donation to a local pet shelter.
  • 100 percent of Food sites participate in MVP activities.
  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery Egypt, for the third year running (and during a holiday fast), packed 1,200 food boxes at the Egyptian Food Bank.
  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery Gainesville, gathered 18 Associates for a Habitat for Humanity build.
  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery Cincinnati adopted a class at Newport Primary school. They have student pen pals, visit monthly, and are hosting students at the site for Halloween.
  • 60 Associates from Mars Japan and Royal Canin® Japan took turns over a month travelling 800km to clean, walk dogs and provide needed maintenance at “Peace Wanko” (Peace Dogs) rescue shelter. The P&O Team from Petcare Europe and Waltham Associates from Petcare UK enjoyed similar work days at local shelters.
  • To prove Melton Mowbray is the UK’s number one pet friendly town, Petcare UK Associates teach pet responsibility programs at local schools, installed a dog agility course at the local park and encourage Associates to become pet therapy volunteers.
  • Petcare Australia recently came together to upgrade a local dog park near the Wodonga site to make it safer for off-leash dogs.
  • Mars Symbioscience has offered a variety of projects to match the interests and time-constraints of a wide-range of Associates; everything from office food prep for the needy to stream cleaning projects and trail clean-ups for the outdoorsy. An MSS team just ran the Baltimore Race for the Cure to honor an Associate with cancer.  Around 60 percent of MSS Associates participate in their MVP events.
  • A multi-segment Associate group built the community dog park—installing 51,000 square feet of fencing—at Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana.
  • One Mars Finland hosted a day of workshops: a school playground and dog education meet-and-greet with Royal Canin® care dogs and a class team-cooking Uncle Ben’s® blackberry-rice curd dessert.

MVP is a powerful demonstration of how we – as a company and as individuals – can deliver growth we are proud of. It’s lots of fun, paid time off and great for engagement. What do you have to lose?

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