SOLUTIONMars Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change

Maureen SantosNovember 3, 201794414 min

The weather is getting too hot during the summer season, the snowfall during winter gets thicker every year and hurricanes are getting stronger. What is happening? One major reason – Climate Change.

We all have our share in this climate war that we are facing. We see different strategies and campaigns to help protect our environment. Let us take this as an example.

The chocolate brand that we have fallen in love with as we were growing up is the same brand that helps in keeping our environment a better place to live in. Yes, you read it right, chocolate giant – Mars has pledged a hefty amount to help in the sustenance of our environment.


  • Mars has pledged to spend $1 billion on its “Sustainability in a Generation” plan.
  • It aims to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and promoting sustainable farming.
  • Mars wants big companies around the world to follow its lead.
  • It’s warning that “more extreme weather events” could cause “significant challenges and hardships” unless more action is taken.

A farmer carries cocoa pods at a cocoa farm in Agboville, Ivory Coast April 24, 2017. Picture taken April 24, 2017.A farmer carrying cocoa pods at a cocoa farm in Agboville, Ivory Coast. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

LONDON — The chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change.

The $35 billion food giant behind brands like M&Ms, Skittles, and Twix on Wednesday launched its “Sustainability in a Generation” plan, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and supply chain by more than 60% by 2050.

“We’ve been increasingly worried about overall progress on the big issues, whether that’s climate change or solving poverty,” Barry Parkin, Mars’ chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider. “There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don’t think we’re getting there fast enough collectively. We’re trying to go all in here.”

‘We believe in the scientific view of climate science and the need for collective action’

The huge investment commitment comes ahead of a UN General Assembly and Climate Week in New York later this month, and the timing is meant to spur other companies around the world to make similar environmental commitments.

Mars and Snickers bars are seen in this picture illustration taken February 23, 2016. U.S. chocolate maker Mars Inc announced a recall of Mars and Snickers bars as well as some other products in Germany on Tuesday after bits of plastic were found in one of its products. It said the recall affected all Mars and Snickers products, Milky Way Minis and Miniatures as well as certain kinds of Celebrations confectionery boxes with best-before dates ranging from June 19, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017.Some of Mars’ best-selling chocolates. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Illustration

CEO Grant Reid said in a statement released Wednesday that “the engine of global business — its supply chain — is broken and requires transformational, cross-industry collaboration to fix it.”

Parkin said the consequences of inaction were “the planet warming” and “more extreme weather events,” which could cause “significant challenges and hardships in specific places around the world, whether that’s oceans rising or crops not growing successfully.”

“We’re a food business, which is based on agriculture, so we care a lot about the farmers who supply us around the world,” he said. “It’s towards 1 million farmers around the world who produce raw materials for us.

“Climate science says many of those are going to be challenged as the world gets warmer. We care about this both on a societal level but also on a business level.”

He added: “It’s time for companies to accelerate their game and work together, and work together with governments and civil society. This is a world issue, and it requires all actors to work together.”

Mars, which had close to $35 billion in sales last year, was one of the companies that signed a letter in May urging President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Parkin said Mars’ investment wasn’t motivated by Trump.

“We’re not interested in the politics here — this is about policy,” he said. “We believe in the scientific view of climate science and the need for collective action.”

But he added, “We’re clearly disappointed that the US administration has chosen to withdraw from the Paris agreement.”

Mars said it would meet the environmental commitments set out in the Paris agreement as part of its sustainability plan.

‘You have to completely change the way you operate your business’

Mars’ $1 billion sustainability drive will include investments in:

  • Renewable energy: Mars’ US and UK operations are already powered by huge wind farms built over the past decade, but it plans to have wind-powered operations in 11 countries around the world, including Russia, China, Australia, and India, by next year.
  • Food sourcing: The company, which also makes pet food under brands including Whiskas and Pedigree, will invest in sustainable sourcing for ingredients like fish.
  • Cross-industry action groups: Mars has set up groups like CocoaAction, an industry coalition aimed at making cocoa growing more sustainable, and Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, which invests in smallholder farming across the world.
  • Farmers: “A huge amount of it will go upstream in working with farmers and helping farmers transform the way they grow crops to be both more environmentally sound, but also in ways that dramatically increase the income of farmers,” Parkin says.

Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer.Barry Parkin, Mars’ chief sustainability officer. Mars

“This is not just a little bit better,” Parkin said. “The science says we need to reduce our carbon footprint by two-thirds, and we’re going to do that. You have to completely change the way you operate your business, and you have to completely change how you source your products.”

He added: “The billion is a good start and a very clear investment, but we fundamentally have to make the business more sustainable. Everything we invest over the next few years has to be in pursuit of becoming a truly sustainable business.

“We care about our business being successful over the next 100 years.”

via Business Insider

Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.

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