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Improving Working Lives for One Million People

We believe the global economy — and global businesses like ours — need to do much more to ensure that work empowers people. Whoever they are and wherever they live, when people thrive they’re more productive and better able to meet their own needs, as well as the needs of their families and communities.

OUR THRIVING PEOPLE AMBITION IS TO MEANINGFULLY IMPROVE THE WORKING LIVES OF ONE MILLION PEOPLE IN OUR VALUE CHAIN TO ENABLE THEM TO THRIVE.

OUR 2017-2018 SUSTAINABLE IN A GENERATION REPORT

Our goals to foster Thriving People fall into these same areas of focus: increasing income, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women.

Read more about our progress

HOW WE’RE ADVANCING OUR THRIVING PEOPLE AMBITION

Millions of people around the world work hard every day producing and selling our products. Every one of them deserves the opportunity to thrive. At the center of our business, they’re the reason for the core focus areas of our Thriving People ambition.

INCREASING INCOME

Our goal is for everyone working within our extended supply chains to earn a sufficient income to maintain  a decent standard of living. Although our relationship with smallholder farmers is rarely direct, we recognize their importance for our business. We’re especially focused on helping the current generation of smallholder farmers to prosper, while also ensuring that the next generation is motivated to stay connected to farming as a profession that allows them to thrive. 

Learn more about our plan to help farmers prosper by Increasing Income

RESPECTING HUMAN RIGHTS

Our ambition is to improve working lives. From factory workers in Chicago to farmers in Cote D’Ivoire, our goal is for everyone touched by our business to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. We’re taking action first on the issues that are most serious and where people are most vulnerable. 

See how Mars is tackling high-priority issues like forced labor to foster a respect for Human Rights

UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

Women provide two-thirds of the world's working hours, produce half of the world's food, but they earn only 10% of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. Our goal is to unlock opportunities for women in our workplaces, marketplaces and supply chains.

Learn how Mars is changing practices, developing programs, and creating new Opportunities for Women


PARTNERING WITH VERITÉ

Verité is an independent, international nonprofit working in more than 70 countries on fair labor issues. During the last year, through our Sustainable in a Generation Plan, we joined Verité in launching a long-term partnership to take action, foster new insights and lead dialogue on critical global human rights challenges. Some of the most serious human rights challenges in our value chain are in areas where we often have no control, visibility or influence. Through our collaboration with Verité, we seek to strengthen the impact of efforts to advance respect for human rights across our own operations, with our first-tier suppliers, and across extended supply chains.

Learn more about Verité

“Our partnership with Mars has the potential to transform lives around the world. Verité is proud of this opportunity to promote a worker-centered approach to human rights on such a significant scale and we look forward to continuing this work together.”

Shawn Macdonald
CEO, Verité


THRIVING PEOPLE PROGRESS




THRIVING PEOPLE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

It's going to take a lot of work to improve the lives of one million people in our value chain. That's why our Sustainable in a Generation Plan focuses on increasing incomes, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women.

See our latest Thriving People Community Programs and Initiatives