The Mars Supplier Code of Conduct articulates our social, environmental and ethical expectations for suppliers. It contains globally aligned standards and is rooted in international law.
In sharing our Code of Conduct with our first-tier suppliers we make our expectations clear, aligning our suppliers with our standards and ensuring that we work with partners that share our beliefs.
Our code covers the following topics:
- Child Labor
- Compensation and Benefits
- Forced Labor
- Freedom of Association
- Health & Safety
- Issue Reporting
- Work Hours
How Our Supplier Code of Conduct Relates to Our Next Generation Supplier Program:
In addition to aligning suppliers with our expectations, our Code of Conduct also serves as the foundation of our Next Generation Supplier program.
This program represents 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.
Next Generation Supplier Program Background:
Since 2011, our Responsible Sourcing program has engaged our first-tier suppliers around the world in improving their sustainability performance through an industry-standard approach that leverages third party on-site social compliance audits to identify workplace issues and drive change where risk is highest.
However, research shows that it is difficult to address the root causes of the most complex sustainability challenges through audits alone – and, that it is critically important to engage workers in identifying issues and shaping solutions.
We’re pleased with what our Responsible Sourcing program achieved. But we know there is more that must be done to meet our Sustainable in a Generation Plan goals. As a result we have launched our Next Generation Supplier program – an enhanced approach with a focus on better engaging and supporting our first-tier suppliers as they deliver greater positive impact in their workplaces.
Our Next Generation Supplier program builds on years of experience and long-standing commitments while introducing new tools and technologies that we believe will deliver better results for Mars, our suppliers and the people who work in our supply chains.
The program has three key elements:
- We continue to align all of our suppliers with our social, environmental and ethical expectations through our Supplier Code of Conduct.
- We assess the sustainability performance and existing social compliance audit results of prioritized suppliers using the EcoVadis online platform, leveraging recognized tools while also unlocking increased visibility and broader insights.
- We support the suppliers of our top 10 raw materials, and other strategic suppliers, as they advance performance through a new, longer-term collaboration model focused on driving systemic change and engagement of workers. This model leverages the expertise of external advisors including our global strategic human rights partner, Verité.
Our Next Generation Supplier program is an example of how we are doing business today to deliver the world we want tomorrow. Join us as we take an exciting step forward in our ongoing efforts to grow as a truly sustainable business.