Our Supply Chain

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Providing affordable and nutritious food for a growing global population is one of the great challenges of our time. Society must find ways of producing food more sustainably, so that future generations are also provided for.

As one of the world’s leading food manufacturers, Mars has a role to play in helping our agricultural suppliers to produce more with less. Higher yields, higher quality, higher incomes for farmers and improved livelihoods; less land, less water, less energy and greenhouse gas emissions. We have committed to purchasing 100 percent of several key raw materials through independent certification programs that share these goals, such as the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, Fairtrade International and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Certification is a good step in the right direction. We are taking further steps by investing in innovative scientific research and other programs that seek to improve farming and production methods, which will help suppliers to increase both the quality and the volume of their output. As a result, Mars will secure safe, reliable, sustainable supplies of high-quality raw materials, and suppliers will boost their incomes through increased yields and quality. As some of our supply chains begin with many small farmers in rural parts of Africa, Asia and South America, this work has the potential to make a dramatic difference to the livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people, for generations to come.

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Mars Associate teaching others about cocoa beans at Cocoa Development Centre in Indonesia

Our Strategy and Priorities

With thousands of raw materials in our supply chain, we prioritize those where we can make the greatest positive difference.
Supplier truck deposits load at Rotterdam factory

Supplier Relationships

We seek suppliers who respect their workers and communities and are reducing their environmental impacts. Our supplier code of conduct sets globally consistent criteria for all our sourcing partners.
Asian woman reaches for M&M's packet on store shelf

Supplier Diversity

Small businesses make an important social and economic contribution in the communities where we operate. We aim to support these companies, including those owned by groups underrepresented in business.
Farmers in Indonesia load sacks of Rainforest Alliance cocoa

Cocoa

Our business depends on a long-term supply of quality cocoa, and this will only be achieved by putting farmers first. By 2020, 100 percent of our cocoa will come from certified sources.
Close up of palm oil plant used in Mars products

Palm Oil

Mars uses just 0.2 percent of global palm oil supplies, but we are committed to sourcing via the RSPO’s mass balance program by 2013, and to 100 percent RSPO-certified supplies by 2015.
Man fishing with net at sustainable fish farm

Fish

Overfishing is threatening the availability of many wild fish and creating competition for the remaining resources. Mars has pledged to source all fish globally from sustainable sources by 2020.
Rice paddy field in the Mississippi Delta

Rice

As the maker of UNCLE BEN’S®, the only global rice brand, we committed to creating a reliable supply of tasty, nutritious rice with reduced impacts on water availability and the climate.
Woman picking tea leaves in Kenya

Tea and Coffee

We are committed to sourcing 100 percent of our coffee and tea from certified sources, and work with farmers and industry partners to raise social, environmental and economic standards.
Mars Associate adjusting sachets of Sheba on the manufacturing line in Lithuania

Packaging Materials

Our strategy is to reduce, recycle and rethink our packaging, using lifecycle analysis to provide a full understanding of the impacts of different materials from sourcing to disposal, including the role they play in protecting our products.
Close up of mint leaves used in Mars products

Other Raw Materials

We are committed to working with industry, governments, suppliers and other partners to ensure we source key ingredients such as sugar, mint, tomatoes, peanuts, corn and diary products responsibly in the long term.
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