Our Associates are proud to volunteer in many ways around the world. From a local farmers market in the United States to serving hundreds of Iftar meals in Dubai, we live our purpose in the office and beyond.
Mars Associates have the freedom to give back and make a lasting difference through the Mars Volunteer Program. This worldwide initiative which gives Associates time to volunteer during the work week, unleashes the positive power of our greatest assets: our Associates. Their passion for philanthropy and service benefits their work, their colleagues and teams.
And these numbers truly add up. In 2018, 21,000 Associates at 349 sites across the globe volunteered for more than 76,000 hours. These efforts positively impacted more than 1.2 million people and more than 73,000 pets.
One of the most recent efforts brought a team of volunteers to the Bread for the City bi-monthly farmer’s market in Washington, D.C. The organization serves to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables for 8,400 people in the area in addition to providing clothing, medical care, and legal and social services. Mars co-hosted this free farmers market, offering UNCLE BEN’S cooking demonstrations, an onsite Banfield Pet Hospital Preventive Care pet clinic, and an oral health promotion from the Wrigley Oral Health program.
Earlier this year, Mars Associates joined in partnership with Companies for Good, to distribute 1,500 healthy meals to celebrate Iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan.
Other Mars Volunteer Program efforts around the world include:
- Australia: Our Petcare Associates set the challenge to volunteer 1,000 hours at shelters and animal rescues over the course of one year. And our passionate Associates heeded the call — logging 880 hours in just one day!
- United States: For the second year in a row, Mars Petcare teamed up with the National Cherry Blossom Festival to provide treats and bags for waste, as well as shade and water stations to keep pets hydrated and out of the sun.
- China: Mars Wrigley Confectionery Associates in China helped organize oral care classes for schools in Guangzhou and Shanghai.
- The Netherlands: Associates worked to pack and donate packages of food to 5,500 households.
- United Kingdom: A group of Mars volunteers from the Waltham Centre for Pets picked up litter to prevent it from further affecting marine life.
- And many more…