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Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Unlocking Opportunities for Women

Women play a powerful role in our history and current leadership today, and their advancement and empowerment are crucial to creating the business and society we want to see tomorrow.  

While women account for two-thirds of the world's working hours and produce half of the world's food, they earn only 10 percent of the world's income and own less than 1 percent of the world's property.  

As part of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan, our goal is to unlock opportunities for women in our workplaces, marketplaces and supply chain, and with good reason:  

  • In the workplace, companies with higher numbers of women board members and senior leaders exhibit better performance. 
  • In the marketplace, women make more than 70 percent of brand purchasing decisions, and they create and control more than a quarter of the world’s wealth ($20 trillion). 
  • In supply chains, women make essential contributions to agriculture, making up 43 percent of the labor force globally and 50 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa, while engaging in unpaid work caring for their families.  

What Mars Will Do: 

  • Our Workplace: Our senior leadership focuses on advancing diversity and inclusion, and is focusing first on women’s advancement. Our top leadership is participating in inclusive leadership training to identify ways to address biases and cultural barriers limiting women. In particular, we’re looking at roles where women have historically been underrepresented. We’re also mentoring high-potential women and ensuring that all interview panels include to advance women in those roles. 
  • The Marketplace: We're piloting micro-distributor and micro-retailer training programs as a way of empowering women entrepreneurs in emerging Asian and African markets. The goal is to increase incomes. Project Maua and Bloom for example are pilot initiatives in Kenya and the Philippines providing training to sell products to urban, low-income consumers. The Unstereotype Alliance is another example, which fights harmful gender stereotypes in ads.  
  • Our Supply Chains: We recognize the connections between poverty, human rights and women’s empowerment. So, we’re prioritizing action and collaboration in our cocoa, rice and mint supply chains where we have the greatest potential to drive impact. 

Empowering Women in Cocoa Communities  

Guided by the Mars Chocolate Women’s Empowerment Plan, we support women in our cocoa supply chains with training, income diversification and community leadership opportunities. 

Our commitment to providing more opportunities for women will not only benefit women across the globe, but also benefit our business and our society.