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Mars

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Score
31%
Poor
Neither horrific nor heroic, Mars scores poorly in terms of protecting land rights  and on water (equal last in each), but fares better when it comes to transparency and recognizing issues faced by small-scale farmers. Their new commitment to support women in their supply chains is helping to inch their way up the scorecard.

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

It’s hard to find positive things to say about Mars’ land policy. Not only does it lack any real knowledge, but its making no effort to do or find out more.

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Women

Score 4

Mars is investing to understand the challenges faced by the many women who grow its cocoa. Its next step is to hold its commitment to draft action plans that address the challenges women cocoa farmers face.

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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 3

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 help farmers adapt to a changing climate.

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Transparency

Score 4

For a private company, Mars is relatively open about the volumes it sources. It needs to reveal more about where its commodities come from however. 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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