How Mars Inc. Aligns Sustainability With Biz Strategy: Q&A With Supply Chain Exec

By Jennifer Hermes
Apr 16, 2018 10:00 AM ET

Global food manufacturer Mars Inc. recently made public the fact that the global carbon footprint from its extended supply chain is equivalent to a country roughly the size of Panama. But last week, the company announced its new commitment to reduce its GHG emissions from its full value chain by 27% by 2025, and by 67% by 2050 (from 2015 levels).

Mars says its plan to reach its goals combines the company’s business principles with innovative science. Some of its successful initiatives include using technology to reduce water usage and GHG emissions in its rice supply chain and using solar gardens and wind farms to power production sites.

“To see other industries, competitors and peers, such as Nestle and Unilever, doing good work in this area is […] a testament to the business case,” Richard Ware, global VP of supply, R&D and procurement for Mars, told Environmental Leader. “Tackling these issues requires collaboration, not competition.”

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