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Here at Mars, there’s always a story to tell. From our pet hospitals to farmers in our supply chain, new tales are unfolding every day. Dig into our stories and discover why so many of us are proud to be part of the Mars family!

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MARS STORIES

  • Dec 07, 2018

    Celebrate International Human Rights Day 2018

    As we commemorate 70 years since the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document establishing the equal dignity and worth of every person, we’re furthering our commitment to #StandUpForHumanRights. We believe the global economy – and global businesses like ours - need to do much more to ensure that work empowers people.

    The Thriving People pillar of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan describes our work to advance respect for human rights across our supply chains – including work in our own operations, with our direct suppliers and across extended supply chains. We’re active across a number of raw materials, such as cocoa, palm oil and fish.

    Together with our global human rights partner, Verité, we’re taking action in supply chains and working to drive change with business, government and civil society. For example, in Cote D’Ivoire, we’re working with farming families to increase productivity, improve income and ensure farmers have the tools to make cocoa a sustainable crop for generations to come. In Thailand, we have been activating our Thai Fish Human Rights Action Plan since 2016, and we’re looking forward to sharing more about what we’re learning and our next steps in the new year. And in palm oil, we’ve recently supported new research to understand the risks of forced labor in the sector, together with the Consumer Goods Forum.

    Learn more about our efforts to work with suppliers and to deepen the dialogue about business action against forced labor. And join us as we continue to #StandUp4HumanRights.

    Celebrate International Human Rights Day 2018

  • Nov 30, 2018

    3 CHEERS FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS!

    We’re super supporters of volunteerism. So in honor of UN’s International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018, “Building Resilient Communities,” we’re celebrating!

    Working with non-profit partners around the world in communities that are at the heart of our business—our sourcing and operating communities—we unleash the positive power of our greatest assets: our Associates. In her #IVD2018 blog, our Lara McCauley, Senior Director, Global Internal Communications & Community Engagement, together with Annette Jennings, our Senior Manager, Global Community Engagement, about the top 4 reasons Mars makes it our business to volunteer.

    Through our Mars Volunteer Program, Associates take paid time off to join volunteer events we organize in their local communities. Examples:

    • In Ukraine, our Mars football team joined a charity cup to raise funds to provide educational and social support to 1,000 children with special needs.
    • In Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia, Royal Canin gave back to local shelters caring for stray dogs.
    • In Austria, Associates volunteered in a children´s village called SOS Kinderdorf, helping repair and update the buildings and grounds.
    • In Australia, Associates volunteered to deliver and work extra shifts to supply food for working dogs on drought-stricken farms.
    • In the U.S., for the second year in a row, Mars Food participated in the Culinary Care Cook Off to raise money for patients undergoing cancer treatment, giving them one less thing to worry about and a chance to spend time eating with their families. PS – we won best dish again!

    We also take volunteering a giant step further through our Mars Ambassador Program, where Associates apply for one- to six-week assignments, volunteering their time and talents around the world. Visit and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to meet some of our 2018 MAP ambassadors.

    • Off the coast of Indonesia, our Ambassadors explored—and helped save—the fragile coral ecosystem.
    • In hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, our volunteers stepped in where few have been since the storm: caring for abandoned pets at overcrowded animal shelters.
    • In Rwanda, our ambassadors experience life as a tea farmer, gaining a deeper understanding of what it takes to grow the crop and improve its sustainability.

    Are you passionate about making a difference in the world? Want to put it to work? Join us! #MarsVolunteers #IVD2018 #ResilientCommunities #proudlyMars

    3 CHEERS FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS!

  • Nov 29, 2018

    FARMER INCOME LAB: FINDING SOLUTIONS FOR INCREASING FARMER INCOMES

    Standing behind every successful food business—including ours—are successful farmers. Problem is, hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers worldwide face overwhelming challenges, from climate change to water scarcity to poverty. They’re unable to support their families, educate their children or improve their communities.

    That’s why we created the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do” tank, aimed at asking the right questions, creating solutions and inspiring action. Ultimately, we’re working to build global supply chains that benefit both farmers and business.

    Over the last few months, the Farmer Income Lab team, along with advisors and partners from Dalberg, Oxfam and the University of Wageningen, has reviewed evidence from hundreds of efforts to find out which actions increased smallholder farmer incomes. In the first of two new reports, the team discovered that while some initiatives did increase incomes, even the most successful efforts weren’t enough to help farmers thrive.

    In other words, it was time to look beyond traditional approaches.

    To uncover more meaningful solutions, the Lab assembled a group of experts to review the report and outline next steps. They presented their recommendations in a companion report, detailing the most effective actions food buyers can take to enable smallholder farmers to meaningfully increase their incomes:

    1. Focus on income as a whole, not just a part of the problem.
    2. Target root causes since a farmer’s income is defined by multiple barriers, not a single issue.
    3. Define roles and responsibilities, no one person can solve the issues. An organized supply chain means better solutions.
    4. Align on targets that help tackle multiple issues with a single solution.
    5. Enable success by supporting initiatives proven to help farmers thrive.

    This is all part of our plan to become Sustainable in a Generation and ensure farmers are thriving for generations to come. For example, Cocoa for Generations is our ten-year investment to tackle challenges facing smallholder cocoa farmers.

    So what’s next? We’ll continue to work with our partners to turn our recent insights to actions, working as a true ‘think-do’ tank.

    ‘Thinking’ means asking provocative, new questions that will deliver breakthrough insights. ‘Doing’ means putting those insights to work in our own supply chains and sharing solutions so others can also take action. For a closer look at how we’re making global supply chains work for farmers, check out this LinkedIn blog by Marika McCauley-Sine, our Vice President for Global Human Rights.

    You can stay up to date online and sign up for the Farmer Income Lab newsletter or join the conversation via email. And if you’re interested in working for a company dedicated to fostering sustainability around the globe, join us!

    FARMER INCOME LAB: FINDING SOLUTIONS FOR INCREASING FARMER INCOMES

  • Nov 21, 2018

    KYLE BUSCH TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AND HIS 50TH CAREER WIN

    M&M’S® NASCAR driver Kyle Busch captured his seventh win of the season at Richmond Raceway in late September to bring his career total to a Hall-of-Fame-worthy 50 victories.

    After coming from the back of the pack to join a pitched battle against Brad Keselowski that lasted 21 laps, Kyle made a gutsy pass for the lead on Lap 364 of 400 at the track.

    That win clinched Kyle a tie with NASCAR Hall-of-Famers Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 11th most victories in NASCAR history.

    “The guys did a great job coming back from a dismal qualifying effort and preparing a really, really good race car for us tonight,” said Kyle. “We started dead last, came up through the field and won this thing… that's right Rowdy Nation. All for you, baby!

    "I just wanted to win this thing. It was a whole team effort. I put us a little bit behind yesterday in qualifying and the guys did a great job rallying to put it together. It was an awesome race track. Love coming here. Hey—I finally won a fall race at Richmond, what do you know?"

    Two weeks later at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway, Busch held off a furious challenge from Brad Keselowski to win the Can-AM 500, the 51st of his career. He’s now three wins from overtaking the iconic Lee Petty and moving in to the top 10 most all-time wins list.

    After eight wins total in 2018, the No.18 M&M'S® team moved to the final Round of 4, where a challenging night at the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale gave Kyle a fourth place finish on the season.

    Want to follow Kyle Busch and the M&M’S® Racing Team? Check out:
    https://www.facebook.com/mmsracing/

    KYLE BUSCH TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AND HIS 50TH CAREER WIN

  • Nov 21, 2018

    ‘I CAN BE ME’ TAKES MARS INCLUSION & DIVERSITY TO A NEW LEVEL IN AMEA

    When it comes to the workplace, the human need for acceptance and inclusion is more than a feeling—or a matter of leadership simply checking ethical boxes. Consider:

    • Inclusive work-cultures are six times likelier to be more innovative than peer companies without an inclusion focus.
    • People who work for inclusive leaders report 81% improved workplace performance compared to those working in a non-inclusive environment.
    • Associates in a diversity-centric environment claim an 86% higher engagement and creativity rating.

    It’s clear: an inclusive and diverse culture makes sense for everyone involved.

    That’s why we’ve chosen to pilot our newest Inclusion & Diversity initiative—I Can Be Me— in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia (AMEA), a growing region with 3,900 Associates, representing 70 nationalities in 95 countries. Thanks to the strength of our Associates’ diverse backgrounds, I Can Be Me Me helps foster our best and brightest minds by ensuring an inclusive environment where they can flourish.

    I Can Be Me centers around four inclusive behaviors that form the backbone of creating an open and accepting environment.

    • Understanding: encouraging Associates to be self-aware and to take time to get to know team members and other Associates
    • Fairness: taking an unbiased approach; creating fair-minded interactions with others and welcoming contribution from all
    • Trust: building an environment where Associates feel free to have open and honest conversations, where everyone feels at ease to make contributions
      • Flexibility: allowing for healthy work-life balance to maximize Associate creativity; minimizing unnecessary work and focusing on clear responsibilities for clearer outcomes

    “Supporting inclusion and diversity by respecting and celebrating both our differences and our similarities is just who we are at Mars,” says Fadilah Amir-Hamzah, Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, AMEA. “We want to create a culture where Associates can be themselves… where they feel appreciated, valued, included and proud to come to work every day.”

    I Can Be Me begins and ends with each Associate. Our Associates become part of the I Can Be Me movement by:

    • Understanding what it means to be inclusive
    • Thinking about how inclusive actions are linked to personal performance and the success of our entire company
    • Living inclusively; celebrating the differences in others
    • Living authentically as themselves

    I Can Be Me is rooted in our Five Principles and our global Inclusion & Diversity Manifesto. It acknowledges the multi-faceted lives of our Associates, and aims to inspire and engage Associates with a workplace where each person has equal opportunities. This way, all Associates can thrive and contribute to the success and growth of the business by bringing their best and most authentic selves to work.

    Our strong focus on Inclusion & Diversity is just one more element that helped land us at #3 on the Great Place to Work® 2018 World’s Best Workplaces list! Interested in joining our inclusive and diverse workplace? Find out more here!

    ‘I CAN BE ME’ TAKES MARS INCLUSION & DIVERSITY TO A NEW LEVEL IN AMEA

  • Nov 12, 2018

    WRIGLEY COMPANY FOUNDATION, PRATHAM, ASER CENTRE AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY’S REAL CENTRE JOIN FORCES TO STUDY IMPACT OF COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING INITIATIVES

    The Wrigley Company Foundation is supporting Pratham Education Foundation by joining forces with the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and ASER Centre to study the impact of community-based education initiatives on students in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

    The evaluation will cover 800 government-run primary schools across 400 villages in Uttar Pradesh. Set to take place over two years, it will assess the foundational reading and arithmetic skills of students in grades 3-5 and aim to clarify and quantify the overall impact of Pratham’s educational interventions on students’ foundational learning outcomes, and, consequently, the perceptions and attitudes of guardians, teachers and stakeholders.

    Since 2013, the Wrigley Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and Pratham, India’s largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to education, have worked together to provide literacy and basic educational skills in more than 800 mint farming villages in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest mint-growing region. More than 100,000 children have participated in the intervention, increasing literacy rates by 61 percentage points and math comprehension rates by 46 percentage points.

    “We are excited for the opportunity to increase the impact of Pratham’s work through the outcomes of this research, which will enable more communities in India and around the world to thrive,” said Anne Vela-Wagner, executive director of the Wrigley Company Foundation.

    Dr. Ricardo Sabates of the REAL Centre said: "Our research seeks to inform the potential that community-based programs have for enhancing the relationships between schools and their local communities. The goal is to improve foundational learning outcomes for all children.”

    The Wrigley Company Foundation will cover the cost of implementing the educational programming over a two-year period. The evaluation study will be funded by the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council and the U.K. Department for International Development.

    “As we enter the next stage of our partnership with the Wrigley Company Foundation, we continue to be committed to improving the quality of education in India,” noted Devyani Pershad, head of program management at Pratham. “The research project has enormous potential to help guide and shape our future strategy for working with children and communities, and we look forward to working with our partners in ensuring its success.”

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    WRIGLEY COMPANY FOUNDATION, PRATHAM, ASER CENTRE AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY’S REAL CENTRE JOIN FORCES TO STUDY IMPACT OF COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING INITIATIVES

  • Nov 08, 2018

    MOVE OVER GOAT YOGA AND TRAMPOLINING!

    There’s a new fitness craze in town that aims to keep you lean and the environment clean.

    “Plogging” encourages runners to pick up trash while jogging. The idea started in Europe—“plogging” being a mashup of jogging and the Swedish word “plocka upp,” meaning to pick up. Now, the concept is now gaining steam in China.

    Our Mars Wrigley Confectionery team in Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou, China, hosted their inaugural Plogging Event in October. The initiative is in partnership with the Littered Gum Government Co-Op and the Guangzhou Spiritual Civilization Office.

    Plogging ambassadors—including Olympians and TV personalities—were on board to lend a supportive hand. More than 100 Mars Volunteer Program (MVP) participants also laced up their sneakers and set out for a socially responsible run unlike any other.

    Through our MVP, we give all Associates paid time off to volunteer, and what better way to give back than to promote anti-littering education while working out in the middle of a workday!

    For three years now, we’ve worked alongside local government in China to promote proper gum disposal. Ever since, our Associates and community activists have taken to the streets to spread the word (even distributing custom disposal bags), ultimately reaching more than 10 million people.

    It’s a win-win for athletes and environmentalists alike—a refreshing run while reducing litter. For us, it’s a chance to make our communities better and further our Sustainable in a Generation Plan.

    The plogging program continues for our MVPs in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu later this month.

    Interested in working for a company that gives back to the communities where our Associates live and work? Join us and let’s plog together!

    MOVE OVER GOAT YOGA AND TRAMPOLINING!

  • Nov 07, 2018

    MARS ASSOCIATES SHARE ADVICE WITH WOMEN PURSUING CAREERS IN STEM

    We believe in the power of science. Whether it’s discovering the latest innovations in chocolate, perfecting a nutritious recipe for your pets’ favorite food or developing the science-based targets in our Sustainable in a Generation Plan—science is a part of everything we do.

    This year, the United States celebrated National STEM Day on November 8th. National STEM DAY is meant to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM. This is even more important for young girls, as there’s still a gender gap within STEM careers.

    We asked some of our own Associates to share their advice for pursuing a career in STEM, and experience at Mars, to help inspire the next generation of female leaders.

    “There are no limits, you should just do it! When you’re a woman in STEM, it’s important to dial-up your confidence, to use your voice and make sure your opinions are heard. Going out on a plant floor is not always easy, but have the awareness that you know what you’re there for and you know what you need to do! Using your voice is the best way to earn that respect and fuel your confidence.”

    Daniera T., Senior Product Development Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery

    “The roles that I have had at Mars really broadened my STEM knowledge. From getting to learn by hands-on experience formulating pet food diets, to being formally trained through courses early on in my career, Mars has set the right base-knowledge for my role in pet nutrition.”

    Adalin T., R&D Dry Global Innovation Product Design Manager, Petcare

    “Go for it– you can do it! It might be hard, but if you work hard and do the best you can, it’ll all work out. Your path often times isn’t the same as you expected or hoped, but keep going. I’m a full-time mom, full-time professional and full-time student—it can be done!”

    Atiereya A., Health, Safety & Environment Technician, Food

    “The STEM community at Mars is the best I’ve found! The difference is the comprehensive way Mars values the STEM disciplines. Look at how we always bring it back to the science, from perfecting our products to cutting edge research, science is a core strength. As a STEM professional, I know I have endless opportunities with Mars, and a very bright future.”

    Aileen S., Director of Strategic Initiatives, Royal Canin

    Interested in a career at Mars? Explore the options and find your perfect fit!

    MARS ASSOCIATES SHARE ADVICE WITH WOMEN PURSUING CAREERS IN STEM

  • Nov 07, 2018

    PETCARE POLAND CREATES TOYS TO IMPROVE SHELTER DOGS' BEHAVIOR

    Renovating and cleaning shelters for homeless dogs was an old trick for Mars Poland. Our Associates had volunteered countless hours walking dogs, too.

    Interested in trying something new, our Mars Volunteer Program Champion, Małgorzata Głowacka, and local dog-behaviorist, Aneta Awtoniuk, wondered: how can we make life for shelter dogs more bearable?

    The answer: DIY sensory snuffle mats.

    Snuffle mats are a toy that not only give dogs a way to explore using their favorite sense of smell, but behaviorists also say the engaging activity calms them, making it easier for them to manage their emotions and deal more reasonably with separation.

    Anyone can make a homemade sensory mat. All you need is: a sink-draining mat or a honeycomb door mat made of rubber; some soft, stretchy cloth cut into strips; a bag of small dog treats; plus a little spare time. (Click here for directions!)

    “For us, the Mars Volunteer Program is a perfect fusion of creativity and passion for making a better word for pets,” said our Poland MVP Champion, Małgorzata Głowacka, DVM, also a veterinarian and Poland’s Petcare Science and Nutrition Manager. “Using only our hands and a few inexpensive materials, we helped shelter dogs become happier and better prepared to find loving families.”

    Our Associates created 28 snuffle mats for a large group of dog who now have their instinct for sniffing fulfilled and show signs of more easily controlling themselves. One pup who was howling and jumping on the wall when the team arrived, became focused and calm when given a mat. “Thanks to our job at the shelter,” says Communication Manager, Karolina Kowalczyk, “animals can focus their energy on healthy mental activities like thinking and problem-solving, which tires out the dogs in a healthy way.”

    The day’s work didn’t end with snuffle mats, though. “Our Associates rolled up their sleeves and prepared a few kennels for the winter, then posted photos encouraging their friends to adopt a furry family member,” says Małgorzata. “Our passion for making a better world for pets just wouldn’t let us stop!”

    Only what we’d want for our own dogs, right? This is our #BetterWorldForPets.

    Interested in joining Mars? Check out our career page. And learn more about our our pet-friendly office locations, too!

    For more information on how we get paid time off to help out in our communities through the Mars Volunteer Program click here.

    And finally, to learn more about how we’re making #BetterWorldForPets click our Petcare page.

    PETCARE POLAND CREATES TOYS TO IMPROVE SHELTER DOGS' BEHAVIOR

  • Nov 05, 2018

    DISCONTINUING EVO™ PET FOOD IN SUMMER 2018

    After a great amount of deliberation and thought, we've decided to discontinue EVO™ pet foods, beginning in the summer of 2018. At Mars, we’ve loved helping to provide your four-legged family members with high-quality nutrition, and we know loyal fans of the brand are disappointed by the news. Thank you for being an EVO™ customer.

    Discontinuation of Evo®

    It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but we ultimately decided to discontinue EVO™ because the food simply became too expensive to produce at the level of quality we demand at Mars Petcare.

    Mars Petcare is still committed to making a Better World for Pets™, so as you look to transition to another food, please consider WILD FRONTIER™. This brand offers a range of protein-rich, grain-free recipes, including options with a high percentage of animal ingredients, nutrient-rich organs, and a variety of proteins. You can find more information about WILD FRONTIER™ online or by asking our local retailer.

    As you transition your dog to a new food, our experts at Banfield® Pet Hospital recommend you change their food gradually, mixing in the new food with the old. You can review their recommended transition schedule in this article on the Banfield® Pet Hospital website.

    DISCONTINUING EVO™ PET FOOD IN SUMMER 2018