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Mars

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Score
40%
Some progress

Mars has upped its game on climate change and could score much higher if it strengthened supplier requirements to reduce GHG emissions and build resilience. The company is getting better at recognizing and addressing issues faced by small-scale farmers, workers, and women in its supply chain. Mars could do better on protecting land and water rights and access.

How are the scores formed?

We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...

What do the scores mean?

  1. 8 - 10Good
  2. 6 - 7Fair
  3. 4 - 5Some progress
  4. 2 - 3Poor
  5. 0 - 1Very poor

Land

Score 2

Mars commits to respect communities’ right to “give or withhold” their ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ when acquiring land used for some agricultural commodities. But why not for all commodities? Mars could do a lot more to ensure that it respects communities’ land rights throughout its supply chain.

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Women

Score 5

Mars has come a long way to address women’s empowerment, particularly in the cocoa sector. The company is making progress to implement its gender action plan, due out this June 2015 with new targets and ambition.

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Farmers

Score 4

Mars does some good things with cocoa farmers but needs to require its suppliers to treat farmers fairly and ensure they receive a decent income. Its code for suppliers needs a sharper farmer focus.

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Workers

Score 4

Mars shows some general understanding of issues faced by workers and has made a new commitment on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. However, like many of the Big Ten, it has limited specific information about workers throughout its supply chain and does not commit to pay workers a living wage.

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Climate

Score 6

Mars has aggressive policies across the board to achieve ambitious GHG reduction targets and is addressing deforestation in its value chain, as well as sourcing renewable energy. Mars also takes a leadership role in climate advocacy with the US government. The weak link is Mars’ sourcing requirements to its suppliers; if they tighten those requirements, then they could quickly rise up the scorecard for climate change.

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Transparency

Score 4

As the one privately held company in the scorecard, Mars is relatively open about the volumes it sources as well as the suppliers and countries from which it sources. However, Mars does not provide any disclosure about its tax payments or its membership in and contributions to US trade associations.

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Water

Score 3

While not yet a leader, Mars has improved on water over the last year by shedding light on how it assesses water stress for both operations and sourcing. We are still waiting for guidelines to suppliers on water.

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