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Responding to the Global Health Crisis


The ongoing devastation of COVID-19 in 2021 demanded continued quick responses globally. We took a targeted approach by assessing preexisting vulnerabilities; risks to health, risks to human rights, and the potential for reduced incomes; and gender-based risks to guide our response.

Key actions included:

  • A $5.4 million donation to support CARE to deploy critical supplies and expertise (with a focus on Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, India, and Thailand, as well as Latin America) to reach the most vulnerable—often women, children and migrant populations
  • A $2 million donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to aid in the transport and delivery of critical supplies for all United Nations agencies as they respond to the pandemic
  • A $1 million donation to Humane Society International (HSI) to help cats and dogs that have been abandoned or surrendered to shelters due to their owners falling ill or no longer having the financial means to care for them
  • A $2.3 million donation to CARE, Oxfam International and Crown Agents to support access to healthcare, equipment, medications and services to families during the second COVID-19 surge in India

The Mars Wrigley Foundation, in partnership with Save the Children, also awarded 54 grants—reaching 19 markets and more than 3.7 million people.

The remaining $31 million was given through a combination of cash and in-kind donations from across Mars markets, as well as donations from its foundations, including: