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Mars

  • MandMs
  • Snickers
  • Wrigley
  • Uncle Bens
Score
31%
Poor

Neither horrific nor heroic, Mars scores poorly in terms of protecting land rights and on water (last in each), but fares better when it comes to recognizing issues faced by small-scale farmers, workers and committing to support women in its supply chains.

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 1

Mars tied with Danone for the lowest score on land. The good news is that they have recognized FPIC in their palm oil and deforestation policies. However more can be done to protect people and land.

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Women

Score 4

Mars has now made public its action plans to address the challenges faced by the many women farmers who grow its cocoa. Its next step is to implement these plans.

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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 but – like many of the Big Ten – has too little specific information about workers throughout its supply chain and does not commit workers to pay a decent wage.

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Climate

Score 4

Mars has improved on climate and does better on helping farmers adapt to climate change. But it fails to ask its suppliers to reduce emissions and provide support to adapt to a changing climate.

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Transparency

Score 3

Mars now has a lower score on transparency because it is disclosing less information about its own suppliers and its compliance to its code. Mars is relatively open about the volumes it sources but needs to reveal more about where its commodities come from. Mars does not provide any disclosure about its tax payments.

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Water

Score 2

Mars shows little understanding of the value of water, keeps quiet about its water use and doesn’t give water guidelines to suppliers. Time for a serious refresh.

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