Mars Inc. plans to achieve zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire supply chain by 2050. The company says it will meet its goal by switching to renewable energy, by rethinking its supply chains to stop deforestation, investing in renewable agriculture and encouraging its suppliers to take action.
“To have a meaningful impact and ensure it’s fit for purpose, our net zero goal covers our entire GHG footprint, from how we source our materials to how consumers use our materials. products, and we’re mobilizing our entire company to act now and hit milestones every five years, ”says Grant F. Reid, CEO. “This is going to be a significant challenge, and we will not be able to achieve net zero without the collaboration of our associates, suppliers, customers, consumers and industry partners. It is so important that we work together to increase scale and reach.
The company says it is redesigning its supply chain to help stop deforestation. Specifically, Mars has identified five products as posing the greatest risk, including cocoa, beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy. Actions will include a continued move away from purchasing ingredients based on cost and will focus on transparency and traceability of the commodities it sources. Management’s goal is for the five commodities to be free from deforestation by 2025.
Mars is also committed to working with farmers and suppliers to promote regenerative agriculture. Specific projects underway include a Soil Health Initiative that supports the resilience of wheat production in Australia; a Sustainable Dairy Partnership, which strengthens collaboration between suppliers and buyers of dairy products around the world; and Oryzonte, a program to improve rice cultivation in Spain, reducing both water consumption and methane emissions.
“We will push the boundaries of what is possible through regenerative agriculture, and this will require an acceleration of our work, as well as deeper and more integrated partnerships with our suppliers, and stronger government frameworks that encourage sustainable practices. “said Barry Parkin, head of sustainability and purchasing.
Mars claims to be progressing towards achieving zero GHG emissions in its direct operations by 2040. It now sources 100% renewable electricity for all of its operations in 11 countries, which represents 54% of its needs global. Management plans to make a similar change in eight more countries by 2025.
The company’s suppliers will also need to take action. They are encouraged by Mars to calculate their own GHG footprints and set science-based reduction targets. Through Mars’ Supplier Leadership Program on Climate Transition, the company will provide training and capacity building with the aim of recruiting other brands to join and grow the project.
“This is going to be a significant challenge, and we will not be able to achieve net zero without the cooperation of our associates, suppliers, customers, consumers and industry partners,” said Reid. “It’s so important that we work together to increase scale and reach.
“We need to overhaul the supply chains that power global businesses and end deforestation and the conversion of natural ecosystems to drive meaningful change now. We cannot use long-term ambitions as an excuse for inaction and delay. “