How Mars Works to Beat Air Pollution on World Environment Day and Beyond
We believe it’s not only our responsibility to create a safe, healthy, sustainable world for our Associates and our local communities, it is our purpose.
Because every day at Mars is focused on creating a better world for tomorrow, we celebrate World Environment Day, established by the United Nations, the same way: doing our part on a daily basis to make improve the health of our planet. As many as 9 out of 10 people around the world are confronted by air pollution, according to the World Health Organization, and climate change is contributing to reduced air quality that affects human health. From the ground we farm to the water we use and the air we breathe, we believe it’s our responsibility to make a difference.
While air pollution may seem complex, we know our ambitious goals establish strong standards. We aim to reduce our total greenhouse gas emissions from our full value chain by 27% by 2025 and by 67% by 2050, from 2015 levels. These goals aim to keep us within our share of the global carbon budget. Our targets are informed by the best-available climate science, detailed emissions data, and a set of “carbon principles” (Putt del Pino, 2016).
We’re using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover more than 50% of our total footprint, including 100% of our operations in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States (Australia is well on the way).
We’re also working to transform key supply chains by partnering with suppliers and farmers to prevent deforestation and produce ingredients more efficiently for a lower carbon footprint. Sustainable agricultural practices, such as efficient irrigation, resilient crops and increased soil health improve environmental impacts and help farmers thrive.
Inspired by the Sustainable in a Generation Plan, Mars Associates live our purpose. One example was led by a Mars Indonesia team whose members also belong to the Mars Makassar Cycling Community (M2CC). They planted 200 ketapang trees in April to help reforest the Binamu subdistrict in Jeneponto after a catastrophic flood hit the region in January. The new trees not only will absorb water and reduce flood threats in the future, they also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the atmosphere, which helps clean the air.
“We hope our actions will bring more collaboration from various parties to safeguard our planet and create a better environment for tomorrow,” said Arie Nauvel Iskandar, Indonesia Corporate Affairs Head.