How Mars is Socialising its Sustainability Commitments

Mars Sets Out Net Zero Roadmap

Mars has a significant global footprint matched by the scale of its ambitious Net Zero Roadmap, which Mackiewicz says is a source of pride at the company.

“From the factories that make our iconic snacking, food and pet nutrition products, to the veterinary hospitals and clinics that care for animals, our Roadmap outlines how it’s possible to cut emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero GHG emissions across our full value chain and business,” she says.

Mars says it will invest US$1 billion over the next three years across its entire value chain until Net Zero is achieved. 

“As things stand today, we believe that the most challenging part of the value chain reductions on the way to net zero will be the last 30% so, between now and 2030, we are investing and partnering to find solutions to specifically target these areas,” says Mackiewicz.

“As new climate science emerges, we will set future five-year interim targets accordingly, which will be shared and communicated. 

“We have some great commitments and partnerships in development, but are also ensuring we’re walking the talk now, with some strong progress and investments being made.”

Some examples from the UK include all factories and offices being powered by renewables, and a recent pilot the trialled paper packaging for the iconic Mars bar – ironically, exactly how it first appeared on shelves when Forrest Mars Snr packaged the chocolate bar some 90 years ago.

Mackiewicz also highlights the Mars Ambassador Program which gives Associates the opportunity to directly contribute and make a positive impact on organisations and communities across the value chain. This could be anything from coral reef restoration projects in Indonesia to working with the Humane Society International doing animal life-saving work in South Africa.

“We also know that a big part of business emissions comes down to raw materials and agriculture and we’re continually exploring how we buy, what we buy and where we buy it,” says Mackiewicz.

“From the cocoa in our chocolate treats to sourcing fish for our feline friends, we’re ensuring we source through responsible, sustainable, and transparent programmes.”

If Mars continues to do business in this fashion, then it seems on track to deliver that world it wants tomorrow, and achieve its Purpose.