At Mars, we’re driven by our Purpose, ‘the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today’. We recognise the responsibility we have in looking after the health and biodiversity of our land, seas and skies, using science-based targets.
We’re proud to play our part in achieving this ambition through the actions we’re taking in our offices, factories, vet hospitals and research centres across the country, as well as through some of our most loved brands including PEDIGREE®, Maltesers® & DOLMIO™.
Our actions are guided by our Sustainable in a Generation Plan, with an initial $1 billion investment to curb our environmental impact, meaningfully improve lives in the workplaces, supply chains and communities where we work.
Here in the UK, we’re contributing to these goals, with actions such as using 100% renewable electricity to power our offices and factories, using sustainably sourced ingredients and redesigning our packaging to reduce waste and single-use plastics.
Today, we’re protecting the lands:
- Protecting biodiversity - Our Wrigley chewing gum manufacturing site Plymouth has been awarded the Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark Award in recognition of our commitment to continual biodiversity protection and enhancement.
- Eliminating deforestation - There is no place for deforestation in our supply chain, and that’s why we’re working hard to eliminate deforestation across all product ranges. From deforestation-free palm oil to deforestation-free beef, we will ensure our products sold in the UK do not degrade forests overseas.
- Going Zero Waste - We achieved Zero Waste to Landfill in 2015 through waste elimination, reuse and recycling with the residual going to waste to energy (incineration with energy recovery) or incineration.
- Sourcing sustainable rice - 100% of the rice we sell in the UK is sourced from farmers working towards the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) standard.
- Making tasty vegan chocolate - In 2019, we became the world’s first major confectionery company to produce vegan chocolate as we launched three new flavours of dairy-free Galaxy®.
- Increasing our plant-based portfolio - In the UK, over 95% of the Mars Food portfolio is meat free. In 2020, we launched two new plant-based Bolognese products to bolster our DOLMIO™ range in the easy-to-use pouch format.
- Innovating with insects - Lovebug is the first insect protein brand in our Petcare portfolio, that is good for cats and the planet. The insects that we use reduce food waste, are grown in an energy efficient farm and have a low land use compared to beef.
Today, we’re looking after the seas:
- Restoring coral reefs - Since 2011 Mars has been continuously developing and refining a low-cost, reproducible method of coral reef ecosystem restoration. Over 19,000 Reef Stars incorporating 280,000 coral fragments have now been installed, resulting in one of the world’s largest restored coral reefs, spread across two island communities in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and off the coast of Bali. We’re expanding this work to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and reefs in Mexico – aiming to restore 185,000m2 of coral reefs by 2029.
- Supercharging recycling - We are collaborating with Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to launch The Flexible Plastic Fund, a £1 million initiative to drive progress in recycling the UK’s flexible plastic.
Today, we’re looking after the skies:
- Using wind energy - Since 2016, we’ve partnered with Eneco UK's Moy Wind Farm, south of Inverness, to generate 100% of the electricity we need to power our factories and offices across our 12 UK sites.
- Reducing emissions - Reducing our absolute greenhouse emissions by 72% from 127.8 CO2e ktonne/yr to 35.2 CO2e ktonne/yr - the equivalent of heating 42,000 average UK homes. We’re also cutting emissions in the way we distribute our products through a new partnership with DHL delivering annual CO2 savings of 7.7% and our storage facilities are partially solar powered and rated in the top 1% of non-domestic buildings in the UK environmentally. The logistics program is also helping to reduce emissions by remove 1 million miles from roads which is the equivalent of 40 trips around the world.
- Heading for Net Zero - Working towards net zero emissions across our production sites and offices by 2040.