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Transforming Packaging

Eliminating Packaging Waste


We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to redesign more than 12,000 packaging types, representing nearly half our packaging portfolio. We’re ramping up this strategy and expect to see these efforts translate into meaningful improvements to our sustainable packaging results in the coming years.

As part of our refreshed Sustainable Packaging strategy, we have operationalized circular design from our Board down through our organization, with every business segment and region integrating targets, glide-paths and investments into their business plans. Circular design targets are embedded into how we measure success. Our top 300 executives now have remuneration linked to delivering against our packaging targets, highlighting the central role these commitments play within our business.

We’re also calling for global action while we act internally and locally.

To address the global packaging challenge in a holistic way, Mars urged United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) members to align behind a Global Plastics Treaty. This would provide the business community with harmonized standards, metrics and methodologies across borders; aligned global and national targets and action plans; and support for innovation and infrastructure development.

As stated by the UN, forming a global treaty on plastic pollution could be “the most important environmental pact since the Paris Agreement.”

We hope to see the following items included in the negotiations:

  • Investment in comprehensive infrastructure to include mechanical and advanced recycling
  • Mandatory collection of all packaging types
  • Increased access to recycling through harmonized collection, sorting and waste management systems
  • Improvements to the livelihoods of the informal waste collection sector
  • Extended Producer Responsibility schemes that are credible, transparent and eco-modulated to help fund infrastructure change
  • Disincentivization of landfill and incineration
  • Banning of problematic plastic types (e.g., polyvinyl chloride [PVC])
  • Harmonized Design for Recycling standard