Mars pledges $1 billion in sustainable supply chain to fight climate change

The world’s largest chocolate maker is launching their new Sustainable in a Generation Plan – a plan to grow in ways that are good for people, good for the planet and good for our business.

Mars has pledged to invest $1bn over the next few years in renewable energy, such as windfarms, and other programmes as part of a “call to action” for companies to step up efforts in reducing emissions. Grant Reid, CEO of Mars, said “Things have now changed. We’ve always felt like we had a responsibility. And I think even more so now”.

As a founding partner of Manufacture 2030, we’ve seen the tremendous progress and ambition Mars have in plan to delivering a more sustainable supply chain - Bringing retailers, brands and their manufacturing suppliers together to cut costs, risks and environmental impacts through cross-industry collaboration.

Mars have often led the way with their sustainability policies to tackle climate change but, they have since stepped up and are speaking out about the real issues in an effort to drive the transformational cross-industry leadership that is needed. 

The world is facing significant challenges to sustainable development. Mars  believes it’s time to take a new approach to addressing these challenges – an approach that responds to what they’ve learned during the last decade by focusing on the impacts of our direct operations and some of their key supply chains, and expands our ambitions to their entire value chain in order to make a significant impact. It’s also time to embrace a sense of urgency, in making good on the resolutions of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable in a Generation Plan focuses on three interconnected ambitions Mars believe are essential drivers of sustainable growth: Healthy Planet, Thriving People and Nourishing Wellbeing. Their efforts will focus on meaningfully improving the working lives of one million people in their value chain to enable them to thrive. This means challenging themselves to improve livelihoods and the quality of life for farmers, crop by crop, beginning with cocoa, mint and rice. This plan represents how Mars are committed to investing in the future, taking a long-term view and leaving the world in a better place for future generations.

We are delighted to be working with Mars on the Manufacture 2030 platform, and hope to continue the good work in bringing companies together to go beyond compliance to making real and measurable improvements in their operations.