Since 2015 Mars has been on a journey to map our entire palm oil supply chain, achieving approximately 98% traceability to the mill level to date, and publishing our full mill lists since 2018.
As buyers, we have an opportunity to drive change that can make things better for people and for the planet that we share.
Setting out these expectations within our direct supply chain are important first steps. But, we aren’t satisfied if our suppliers continue to contribute to deforestation elsewhere in their operations. Aligned with our Palm Positive Plan, we are calling on our palm suppliers to prevent deforestation throughout their entire supply chain as a condition of doing business with Mars. We can’t expect them to flip a switch overnight, but we believe that if enough buyers begin to pressure their suppliers for action, we can reach a tipping point for sector-wide change.
Palm is one of the most high-yielding and land-efficient crops on the planet. When produced sustainably, palm can deliver value through the entire supply chain.
Over the past several years, Mars has been on a journey to map our palm oil supply chain. Today, we’ve achieved 98% traceability to the mill level, and since 2018, we have published our full mill lists to show our progress. We had more than 1,500 mills supplying raw material, a number far too complex to manage, especially for a company that uses only 0.1% of the world’s palm oil.
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These last few weeks have immersed us in a situation unlike any we’ve seen before. This pandemic is forcing all of us into a new normal. But, we can handle it together and we’ll get through it with calm, communication and care.
Across Mars’ diverse portfolio of products, many of our recipes contain ingredients that come from animals – such as dairy in our chocolate, eggs in our cooking sauces, and meat and animal derivatives in our pet food.
Our Next Generation Supplier program is our enhanced approach to supplier sustainability. We use new tools and technologies and an innovative collaboration model to help suppliers deliver better results for people in their workplaces and for the planet we all share.
At Mars, cocoa is at the heart of our company’s long heritage and an integral ingredient in our beloved chocolate products. We know a sustainable cocoa sector is essential to ensure we can continue to provide chocolate for future generations of chocolate lovers in a manner that protects human rights in cocoa farming communities. For decades, we have worked in collaboration with others toward achieving sustainable cocoa production and a cocoa supply chain where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, human rights are respected, and the environment is protected.
Since 2011, Mars uses 100% cage-free eggs for all human food products (e.g., confectionery, rice products and sauce) in Europe. In 2016, Mars further committed to using 100% cage-free eggs for all human food products in the US, Canada and Australia by 2020.
We are on track to meet this commitment in the US and Canada. However, due to challenges in the marketplace, we will achieve 100% cage-free eggs in Australia by 2025.