Managing Health and Wellness – Mars, Incorporated
managing health & wellbeing

Keeping Ourselves Accountable

Nourishing Wellbeing Together

Nourishing wellbeing is one of our key priorities at Mars, and we make sure that the right governance systems are in place to drive progress in this area. Connected by internal leadership, company-wide governance and numerous third-party partnerships, Mars works diligently to make sure that all health and wellbeing strategies align to the broader goal of nourishing wellbeing.

Different Segments, Same Goal

While each one of our segments—Petcare, Confectionery and Food—drives its own health and wellbeing strategy, we have aligned our intent at the Mars, Incorporated leadership team and Board level.

Making Health-based Business Decisions

Our goal for better nutrition, health and wellbeing drives some of our most important business decisions. For example, the decision to bring our gum and chocolate businesses together makes it easier to ensure that all our confectionery products are driven by the same health and wellbeing ambitions.

United by the nourishing wellbeing ambition, all Mars businesses are committed to collaboration to ensure that we can make the biggest impact possible with our collective commitment.

Providing a Safe, Healthy Workplace for Mars Associates

As much as we care about the consumers who enjoy our products and services, we also want to provide nourishing wellbeing for our Associates. No matter the job setting, Mars is continually developing health, wellness and safety initiatives to improve life both inside and outside of the workplace.

Learn more about Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiatives for all Mars Associates >>

Partnering for Health & Wellbeing Outside of Mars Walls

Despite our own scientific endeavors and internal systems of governance, we know that we can’t aspire to nourish wellbeing all on our own. That’s why Mars makes sure to stay connected to a variety of organizations with skills in health and wellbeing research and innovation.

We are proud to push our ambition forward with allies like the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), to name just two. In many cases these partnerships help inform Mars’ own business strategies and priorities, and we benefit immensely from dialogue and collaboration with our partners. Some examples include:

  • British Nutrition Foundation (BNF): This charity provides impartial, evidence-based information on food and nutrition. As a member, we meet regularly to discuss nutrition issues. We used input from the BNF to help create our reformulation programs on saturated fats and portion sizes, and used guidance from their “Building Healthy Meals” project to determine nutritional criteria for a healthy meal.
  • European Nutrition Advisory Board: This group of external scientific experts from France, Germany, the Netherlands and UK, meets twice a year to advise Mars on nutrition-related issues that affect us. Their input informed our commitments to reduce saturated fats and portion sizes to less than 250 calories in Mars confectionery products.
  • Innovation Institute for Food and Health: The Innovation Institute is being supported with a pledge of $40 million from Mars and $20 million from UC Davis to advance new discoveries in sustainable food, agriculture and health.
  • Roundtable on Obesity Solutions: We are one of only three food companies to take part in the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. This partnership gives us valuable insight on our work to tackle obesity.
  • Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA): Following the launch of Mars Food’s Health & Wellbeing Ambition in 2016, Mars Food joined PHA in the fight against childhood obesity. The partnership includes: initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of Mars Food Associates, reducing sodium on average by 20 percent by 2021 in the Mars Food portfolio, increasing the number of whole grain products in the portfolio, ensuring all tomato-based products include at least one serving of vegetables and helping consumers choose between “everyday” and “occasional” products through on-pack labeling. Following Mars Food’s partnership with PHA, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. spearheaded the creation of the confectionery industry’s first and most significant consumer health and wellbeing standards and commitments centered on offering consumers more product choice and transparency. Commitments include making half of all Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. individually wrapped products 200 calories or less by 2022 and educating on candy as a treat, not an everyday snack or meal replacement.