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  • Overall approach
    12/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/4
      Conversion-free/zero-gross conversion/zero-net conversion commitment or a zero deforestation/deforestation-free commitment that explicitly includes all other natural ecosystems
      4/4
      "Mars is accelerating our efforts to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains identified as most at risk for driving deforestation: beef, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; UN Global Compact

      If Other Initiative, specify::
      "Mars is deeply engaged with initiatives such as the Consumer Goods Forum and Tropical Forest Alliance to catalyze collective action in support of landscape approaches." [...] "signatory of the Statement of Support of the Cerrado Manifesto" Mars is also a signatory of the UN Global Compact, the Soy Moratorium and the New York Declaration on Forests
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests and other natural ecosystems are essential for a healthy environment and productive supply chains; they provide critical habitats, biodiversity benefits, support livelihoods, and are an important carbon sink."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational, Financial 
      "Mars acknowledges the ongoing concerns and potential non-compliances regarding three palm oil suppliers – Indofoods, IOI Pelita and PT Surya Panen Subur II. The presence or potential presence of these organizations in our supply chain has the potential to damage our reputation and undermine confidence in our commitment to implementing our Palm Oil Policy. In 2018, we saw lack of confidence in the palm oil industry translate into lost sales, when a customer in the Nordic region introduced a policy not to stock any new products containing palm oil. As this is a small market, the financial impact was limited, but is an indicator of potential future impacts should customers in larger markets take similar action."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Quarterly
      "The climate action and land use targets in our Corporate Scorecard and SiG Plan are cascaded by the Mars Leadership Team, led by the CEO, to the leadership teams of each business segment for implementation. Segment General Managers are accountable for deploying related strategies, such as for deforestation, within their businesses. Segment Sustainability Directors liaise with Segment Leadership Teams and Regional Leadership Teams to develop detailed strategies for deliver the required impact improvements.[...] We assess deforestation risks on a quarterly basis" 
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      "Within the Healthy Planet area, our Land Use Change goal seeks to hold flat land use within our agricultural supply chain, while our science-based Climate Action goal to reduce GHG emissions across our value chain by 27% by 2025 and 67% by 2050 (from 2015 levels) includes emissions from land use change and deforestation. "
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: Science Based Target initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI)

      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 8,384,000 tonnes
      "We estimate that 80% of Mars’ emissions are from our agricultural value chains, which includes approximately 42% from land use change[...]This impact is primarily concentrated in raw materials sourced from tropical countries – beef, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy account for more than 80% of our estimated land use-related GHGs."[...] We set our climate change targets by working with the Science Based Target initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI) and other partners, to calculate our share of the global carbon budget. " 
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 260,000 hectares
      "While we celebrate innovation and creativity at the 2019 festival, we also want to continue to raise awareness for endangered animals.  [...] Here are four important projects The Lion’s Share has been able to fund over the past year: Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra: Purchased 260,000 hectares of rainforest to protect the last remaining Sumatran tigers, rhinos and orangutans. "
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      "Mars’ climate change targets are to reduce our total GHG emissions from our full value chain by 27% by 2025 and by 67% by 2050, from 2015 levels."  
  • Commodity score
    55/88
    • Beef
      49/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            "By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains, up to the direct cattle supplier for our beef ingredients in Latin America – a region with high conversion hot spots."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Latin America is "a region with high conversion hot spots"
            "By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains, up to the direct cattle supplier for our beef ingredients in Latin America – a region with high conversion hot spots."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains, up to the direct cattle supplier for our beef ingredients in Latin America – a region with high conversion hot spots."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2017
            It builds on our previous commitment: “By the end of 2017, 100% of our Brazilian beef purchases will be from suppliers who are in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code and who are able to demonstrate that beef  is not associated with primary forest clearance [in the Amazon Biome] and expands its scope to new areas, biomes and vegetation where cattle ranching drives deforestation and converts natural ecosystems."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            "By 2025, our aim is to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our beef ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots. [...] In 2020, Mars5 sourced 244.499 metric tons of beef. The following information demonstrates where we are in progressing towards meeting 100% of our commitment by 2025. • Total beef from Brazil and Argentina: 27.130 metric tons (11% out of total) o Beef from Brazil traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 81% o Beef from Argentina traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 100%"; "Mars is a downstream company and traceability today goes to the slaughterhouse-level." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "By 2025, our aim is to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our beef ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots. [...] In 2020, Mars5 sourced 244.499 metric tons of beef. The following information demonstrates where we are in progressing towards meeting 100% of our commitment by 2025. • Total beef from Brazil and Argentina: 27.130 metric tons (11% out of total) o Beef from Brazil traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 81% o Beef from Argentina traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 100%"; "Mars is a downstream company and traceability today goes to the slaughterhouse-level." 
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "By 2025, our aim is to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our beef ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots. [...] In 2020, Mars5 sourced 244.499 metric tons of beef. The following information demonstrates where we are in progressing towards meeting 100% of our commitment by 2025.
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2016
            "Mars will work with its suppliers to map our beef supply chain to understand where our suppliers are obtaining their raw material. We had achieved this by the end of 2016. While our beef sourcing in Brazil is the prime focus of this deforestation policy, we have also mapped our worldwide sources of beef by-products."
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Our Supplier Code of Conduct is informed by the International Bill of Human Rights, the principles set forth in the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This document, and related guidance, establishes expectations of Mars’s suppliers with regard to business practices, including their approach to human rights, the environment, and ethical practices aligned with legal requirements, the Mars, Incorporated Human Rights Policy, other relevant Mars policies, and international good practice. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Economic
          "In 2018, we launched the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do tank” focused on finding practical insights needed to help eradicate smallholder poverty. This Lab is intended to be a catalyst, driving faster and more effective impact at scale within our supply chains, and amplifying our impacts by sharing our insights with others". [...] "Our approach is evidence-based and collaborative. Working with a range of partners — including academic, private sector, non-profit and intergovernmental organizations — we're examining existing evidence and engaging in in-depth dialogues to develop outcome-driven policies that increase farmer incomes to the level and scale required "
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination or harassment in hiring, pay, promotion, or in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national or social origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, gender identity or any other status protected by applicable law is prohibited."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: [...] Support existing human rights commitments including respect for farmers’ and communities’ land rights, free prior and informed consent, and the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent people Resolve land rights disputes through a balanced and transparent dispute resolution process"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "In 2020, Mars5 sourced 244.499 metric tons of beef. The following information demonstrates where we are in progressing towards meeting 100% of our commitment by 2025. • Total beef from Brazil and Argentina: 27.130 metric tons (11% out of total) o Beef from Brazil traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 81% o Beef from Argentina traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 100%"  
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "In 2020, Mars5 sourced 244.499 metric tons of beef. The following information demonstrates where we are in progressing towards meeting 100% of our commitment by 2025. • Total beef from Brazil and Argentina: 27.130 metric tons (11% out of total) o Beef from Brazil traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 81% o Beef from Argentina traceable to the slaughterhouse-level: 100%" 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Proforest

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: "Proforest runs a geospatial risk analysis using information provided by our suppliers, satellite imagery, and other data sources"
            "For beef sources from Brazil, Argentina and México, our partner Proforest runs a geospatial risk analysis using information provided by our suppliers, satellite imagery, and other data sources4 . We have already completed this analysis for Brazil and Argentina. México was added to the Mars Beef Action Plan in 2020, and supply chain mapping to the slaughterhouse-level was initiated in that year. Utilizing that information, our first geospatial risk analysis for Mexico will be run in 2021 by Proforest, and our progress will be disclosed in 2022. The risk analysis provides us with insights on how exposed our suppliers are to conversion of natural ecosystems and other potential breaches to our commitments, which in turn allows us to take the appropriate measures to help address these risks."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
           "Maintain a deforestation cutoff date of December 2017, or earlier if previous commitment exists. This includes forests (including high carbon stock forests), and other types of natural ecosystems (including savannahs and other areas of high conservation value) that can be monitored."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing technical capacity
          'Mars is the co-chair of the Beef Working Group, and Mars CEO Grant Reid is the cosponsor of the Coalition, which further demonstrates our commitment to a forest positive future. We will work collaboratively with the Working Group members to develop a Beef Roadmap to drive improvements at scale. The Roadmap will align a common path for companies to accelerate the implementation of beef sourcing commitments addressing key producing regions at-risk for deforestation. We are a member of the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS), and we have been actively participating in a set of technical working groups. On top of that, we have supported the development of the Beef Toolkit9 , a Global Environment Facility-funded program designed to help companies in the responsible sourcing of beef. We have provided technical input to the development of the Toolkit material, helping shed light on resources that companies across multiple supply chain stages can build on to implement their responsible sourcing beef strategies'
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Our business relies on the availability of raw materials including pulp and paper for packaging, and cocoa, palm oil, beef and soy as ingredients for our products. Our risk assessments consider how interrelated impacts such as deforestation, climate change, water and land use, will affect yields and therefore the availability and these commodities. We assess the availability of each commodity using our internal sustainability impact calculator, the risk assessment tools that form part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology, and with assistance from relevant expert third-parties including Earthworm, Proforest, and certification partners"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We factor regulators into our risk assessments as part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology (MSSM). This six-step process guides our buyers on all aspects of assessing, selecting, contracting and monitoring the performance of suppliers. One such aspect is an assessment of the external environment, including political and legal risks affecting the raw material in question. Relevant factors considered within this assessment include: - Regulation and de-regulation trends - Tax policy and trade & tariff controls - Legislation in areas such as employment, competition and health and safety. - Import/export laws - Regulatory bodies and their processes - Industry specific legislation - Environmental regulations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 244.499 metric tonnes of beef
          Mars disclosed a total of 244.499 metric tonnes of beef in their 2020 progress update report- "In 2020, Mars sourced 244.499 metric tons of beef"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We are putting in place robust monitoring processes to verify suppliers’ compliance with Mars’ requirements." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil and Argentina (11% total beef) 

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 100%

          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 27.130 mT from Argentina and Brazil

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: location of supplier municipality
          Mars publicly reports a list of their Argentinian and Brazilian beef suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "In addition to what we expect from our direct beef suppliers, Mars is taking the following actions to address deforestation: Continuing to work with our direct beef suppliers and slaughterhouses toward improving the transparency across the full supply chain, including the indirect cattle suppliers, with whom there is not currently a tested solution or approach. We will stay informed of developments in the sector regarding strategies, potential agreements and viable traceability solutions to address indirect cattle suppliers, aiming to implement them when deemed feasible. Verifying direct cattle and beef suppliers’ and slaughterhouses’ compliance with this action plan through third-party verification of their purchase control system. Frequency of verification may be determined by suppliers’ risk of policy breaches."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Mars is working first to stop deforestation in our supply chain, then engage suppliers to implement these practices throughout their business, for all the ingredients they buy and sell. [...] In addition to what we expect from our direct beef suppliers, Mars is taking the following actions to address deforestation: [...] Where we believe no further progress is possible, we reserve rights of refusal and to end supplier relationships that do not meet our expectations in a defined timeframe."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      65/88
      • Commitment Strength
        18/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Other ecosystem: natural scrublands, wetlands, and natural grasslands

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Savannah; Mangroves; HCS; Peat
            "Mars is accelerating our efforts to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains identified as most at risk for driving deforestation: beef, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy. [...] Mars’ position defines deforestation and conversion as: the conversion of natural forests and other natural ecosystems to agriculture, tree plantations, livestock production, or other land uses, as well as severe or sustained degradation. Natural ecosystems differ across geographies and could include savannahs, natural scrublands, peatlands, wetlands, and natural grasslands"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Mars is accelerating our efforts to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains identified as most at risk for driving deforestation: beef, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "In line with the Accountability Framework, Mars outlines the following expectations for our suppliers. Mars’ position defines deforestation and conversion as: the conversion of natural forests and other natural ecosystems to agriculture, tree plantations, livestock production, or other land uses, as well as severe or sustained degradation. Natural ecosystems differ across geographies and could include savannahs, natural scrublands, peatlands, wetlands, and natural grasslands. Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: Everything supplied to Mars is from legal sources; No deforestation or conversion of primary forest or natural ecosystems of high conservation value (HCV)No development in high carbon stock (HCS) areasNo development on peatlands"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In line with the Accountability Framework, Mars outlines the following expectations for our suppliers. Mars’ position defines deforestation and conversion as: the conversion of natural forests and other natural ecosystems to agriculture, tree plantations, livestock production, or other land uses, as well as severe or sustained degradation. Natural ecosystems differ across geographies and could include savannahs, natural scrublands, peatlands, wetlands, and natural grasslands. Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: Everything supplied to Mars is from legal sources; No deforestation or conversion of primary forest or natural ecosystems of high conservation value (HCV)No development in high carbon stock (HCS) areas No development on peatlands"
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Not clear
            "In line with the Accountability Framework, Mars outlines the following expectations for our suppliers. Mars’ position defines deforestation and conversion as: the conversion of natural forests and other natural ecosystems to agriculture, tree plantations, livestock production, or other land uses, as well as severe or sustained degradation. Natural ecosystems differ across geographies and could include savannahs, natural scrublands, peatlands, wetlands, and natural grasslands. Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: Everything supplied to Mars is from legal sources; No deforestation or conversion of primary forest or natural ecosystems of high conservation value (HCV)No development in high carbon stock (HCS) areas No development on peatlands"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            "In 2019 we announced our ambition is to significantly simplify our palm oil supply chain. Through its supply chain simplification, Mars is taking its mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 by 2021, and is on the path to further halve that in 2022. [...] Increase accountability, influence and connectivity through deeper relationships with suppliers whom we can visit. Employ satellite mapping to monitor land use across all of our suppliers. Work directly with our tier 1 suppliers as they build their capabilities to monitor, address and prevent human rights risks in their supply chains."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2019 we announced our ambition is to significantly simplify our palm oil supply chain. Through its supply chain simplification, Mars is taking its mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 by 2021, and is on the path to further halve that in 2022. [...] Increase accountability, influence and connectivity through deeper relationships with suppliers whom we can visit. Employ satellite mapping to monitor land use across all of our suppliers. Work directly with our tier 1 suppliers as they build their capabilities to monitor, address and prevent human rights risks in their supply chains."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Engagement with suppliers to map more of their supply chain 
            "In 2019 we announced our ambition is to significantly simplify our palm oil supply chain. Through its supply chain simplification, Mars is taking its mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 by 2021, and is on the path to further halve that in 2022. [...] Increase accountability, influence and connectivity through deeper relationships with suppliers whom we can visit. Employ satellite mapping to monitor land use across all of our suppliers. Work directly with our tier 1 suppliers as they build their capabilities to monitor, address and prevent human rights risks in their supply chains."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "In 2019 we announced our ambition is to significantly simplify our palm oil supply chain. Through its supply chain simplification, Mars is taking its mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 by 2021, and is on the path to further halve that in 2022. [...] Increase accountability, influence and connectivity through deeper relationships with suppliers whom we can visit. Employ satellite mapping to monitor land use across all of our suppliers. Work directly with our tier 1 suppliers as they build their capabilities to monitor, address and prevent human rights risks in their supply chains."
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Our Supplier Code of Conduct is informed by the International Bill of Human Rights, the principles set forth in the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This document, and related guidance, establishes expectations of Mars’s suppliers with regard to business practices, including their approach to human rights, the environment, and ethical practices aligned with legal requirements, the Mars, Incorporated Human Rights Policy, other relevant Mars policies, and international good practice. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Economic

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified 
          "In 2018, we launched the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do tank” focused on finding practical insights needed to help eradicate smallholder poverty. This Lab is intended to be a catalyst, driving faster and more effective impact at scale within our supply chains, and amplifying our impacts by sharing our insights with others". [...] "Our approach is evidence-based and collaborative. Working with a range of partners — including academic, private sector, non-profit and intergovernmental organizations — we're examining existing evidence and engaging in in-depth dialogues to develop outcome-driven policies that increase farmer incomes to the level and scale required "
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination or harassment in hiring, pay, promotion, or in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national or social origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, gender identity or any other status protected by applicable law is prohibited."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
          Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1
          "Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: [...] Support existing human rights commitments including respect for farmers’ and communities’ land rights, free prior and informed consent, and the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent people Resolve land rights disputes through a balanced and transparent dispute resolution process"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        34/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Mars has sourced 100% RSPO-certified mass balance palm oil since 2013. We achieved this two years ahead of our original goal to source 100% of our palm oil from certified sources by year-end 2015."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Mars continues to implement our palm oil policy and commitment to fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supplies that are free from deforestation and produced with respect for human rights. Mars has purchased 100% of palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the “mass balance” program since 2013" [...] "Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: No deforestation or conversion of primary forest or natural ecosystems of high conservation value (HCV)No development in high carbon stock (HCS) areas No development on peatlands"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            (for 2.3 only) What percentage of the commodity volume in the company's supply chain is traceable to applicable supply chain levels (e.g. direct suppliers/processing facility/production unit)?: 100%

            (for 2.3 only) What percentage of the commodity volume in the company's supply chain can be traced to origin in low-risk jurisdictions?: 0%
            "In 2019 we announced our ambition is to significantly simplify our palm oil supply chain. Through its supply chain simplification, Mars is taking its mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 by 2021, and is on the path to further halve that in 2022. [...] Increase accountability, influence and connectivity through deeper relationships with suppliers whom we can visit. Employ satellite mapping to monitor land use across all of our suppliers. Work directly with our tier 1 suppliers as they build their capabilities to monitor, address and prevent human rights risks in their supply chains."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification 

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            "Mars continues to implement our palm oil policy and commitment to fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supplies that are free from deforestation and produced with respect for human rights. Mars has purchased 100% of palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the “mass balance” program since 2013"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            "Mars continues to implement our palm oil policy and commitment to fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supplies that are free from deforestation and produced with respect for human rights. Mars has purchased 100% of palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the “mass balance” program since 2013" [...] "Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: No deforestation or conversion of primary forest or natural ecosystems of high conservation value (HCV)No development in high carbon stock (HCS) areas No development on peatlands"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2015
          Mars state they have a cut-off date of 2015 for their palm oil sourcing.
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing financial support

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Coalition for Sustainable Livelihoods
          "In addition, we are supporting the Coalition for Sustainable Livelihoods, a group of civil society and private sector organizations working collectively to achieve common objectives for smallholder livelihoods, sustainable agricultural production and conservation in the Indonesian provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed [...] Our business relies on the availability of raw materials including pulp and paper for packaging, and cocoa, palm oil, beef and soy as ingredients for our products. Our risk assessments consider how interrelated impacts such as deforestation, climate change, water and land use, will affect yields and therefore the availability and these commodities. We assess the availability of each commodity using our internal sustainability impact calculator, the risk assessment tools that form part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology, and with assistance from relevant expert third-parties including Earthworm, Proforest, and certification"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We factor regulators into our risk assessments as part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology (MSSM). This six-step process guides our buyers on all aspects of assessing, selecting, contracting and monitoring the performance of suppliers. One such aspect is an assessment of the external environment, including political and legal risks affecting the raw material in question. Relevant factors considered within this assessment include: - Regulation and de-regulation trends - Tax policy and trade & tariff controls - Legislation in areas such as employment, competition and health and safety. - Import/export laws - Regulatory bodies and their processes - Industry specific legislation - Environmental regulations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 80,067 Tonnes
          Mars reported their total usage of palm oil as 80,067 tonnes, all of which was RSPO certified in 2019
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What is the certified volume?: 80,067 Tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO Certification - mass balance credits
          Mars reported their total usage of palm oil as 80,067 tonnes, all of which was RSPO certified in 2019
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We are putting in place robust monitoring processes to verify suppliers’ compliance with Mars’ requirements." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 0% not disclosed

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No, just company name and mill name

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: Not disclosed

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Guatemala, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Honduras, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Colombia
          "Since 2015 Mars has been on a journey to map our entire palm oil supply chain, publishing our full mill lists since 2018. Through the process of simplifying our supply chain, Mars will have complete traceability to the mills our palm oil is sourced from. [...] Since 2013, we have purchased 100% of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources through the mass balance program. We will continue progress with simplification in line with our ambition. The full list of Tier-1 partners and significantly simplified mills supplying palm oil to Mars are available below*." Mars mill list was updated in Feb 2021
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Regularly, not specified 

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We are putting in place robust monitoring processes to verify suppliers’ compliance with Mars’ requirements. In some cases, such as with palm oil, sector-wide satellite-based monitoring systems are being established by external organizations to be used by all companies in the supply chain. In other cases, Mars is working with suppliers to establish our own monitoring platforms." [...] "Internal company methods: we have integrated assessment of deforestation and other sustainability risks in our agricultural supply chain into the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology (MSSM). This six-step process guides our buyers on all aspects of assessing, selecting, contracting and monitoring the performance of suppliers. The MSSM process for most raw materials includes an annual review cycle. In addition to internal risk analysis tools, we use external tools including Global Forest Watch to conduct our assessments."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Suspend suppliers, engage to bring into compliance, and reintroduce to the supply chain
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Suspend suppliers, engage to bring into compliance, and reintroduce to the supply chain
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "If instances of non-compliance occur within the palm oil supply chain, the following decision management process will be followed for resolution." The decision management process considers if the "corrective action meet re-entry requirements?" - if yes, the company re-enters the supply chain, and if not then they are removed from the supply chain.
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?:  Yes, in the 2019 CDP Forests report published on their website
          "Following the proposed divestment of IOI Pelita in December 2017, Mars immediately contact IOI, voiced our concerns and decided to withhold future business. They will only be reconsidered as a supplier if specific requirements are met, including the full implementation of the RSPO recommended action plan agreed with Grassroots, as well as the establishment of a new governance process that takes into account sustainability considerations. We continue in dialogue with IOI as we believe this is the best way to affect change in line with our policy. Mars has stopped sourcing from Surya Panen Subur II given evidence of illegal deforestation in the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia."
    • Pulp & Paper
      54/88
      • Commitment Strength
        18/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "Mars is accelerating our efforts to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains identified as most at risk for driving deforestation: beef, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy."; "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually. Sourcing 100% of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020.Ensuring virgin pulp and paper that we source from origins assessed as high-deforestation risk are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously:Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually.Sourcing 100% of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020.Ensuring virgin pulp and paper that we source from origins assessed as high-deforestation risk are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously:Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually.Sourcing 100% of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020.Ensuring virgin pulp and paper that we source from origins assessed as high-deforestation risk are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council." [...] "By the end of 2020, we achieved the following results:· Tracing more than 95% of our virgin pulp and paper-based packaging back to the country of harvest annually since 2016.· Sourcing over 95% of our paper-based packaging as recycled or certified virgin fiber.· Engaging and investing in landscape-level solutions in targeted high-risk sourcing origins using our traceability insights (described below)."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously:Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually.Sourcing 100% of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020.Ensuring virgin pulp and paper that we source from origins assessed as high-deforestation risk are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Maximize recycled content, to increase the proportion of recycled fiber in our pulp and paper-based packaging from 59% to 80% by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Maximize recycled content, to increase the proportion of recycled fiber in our pulp and paper-based packaging from 59% to 80% by 2020."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "Maximize recycled content, to increase the proportion of recycled fiber in our pulp and paper-based packaging from 59% to 80% by 2020."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "Our Supplier Code of Conduct is informed by the International Bill of Human Rights, the principles set forth in the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This document, and related guidance, establishes expectations of Mars’s suppliers with regard to business practices, including their approach to human rights, the environment, and ethical practices aligned with legal requirements, the Mars, Incorporated Human Rights Policy, other relevant Mars policies, and international good practice. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "In 2018, we launched the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do tank” focused on finding practical insights needed to help eradicate smallholder poverty. This Lab is intended to be a catalyst, driving faster and more effective impact at scale within our supply chains, and amplifying our impacts by sharing our insights with others". [...] "Our approach is evidence-based and collaborative. Working with a range of partners — including academic, private sector, non-profit and intergovernmental organizations — we're examining existing evidence and engaging in in-depth dialogues to develop outcome-driven policies that increase farmer incomes to the level and scale required "
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination or harassment in hiring, pay, promotion, or in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national or social origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, gender identity or any other status protected by applicable law is prohibited."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Mars also expects suppliers to: Support existing human rights commitments including respect for farmers’ and communities’ land rights, free prior and informed consent, and the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent people Resolve land rights disputes through a balanced and transparent dispute resolution process"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: 95%
            "By the end of 2020, we achieved the following results:· Tracing more than 95% of our virgin pulp and paper-based packaging back to the country of harvest annually since 2016.· Sourcing over 95% of our paper-based packaging as recycled or certified virgin fiber.· Engaging and investing in landscape-level solutions in targeted high-risk sourcing origins using our traceability insights (described below)."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In the Mars CDP report they have 523,690 metric tonnes of timber- "This is the volume of virgin and recycled pulp and paper-based packaging materials bought by Mars, Incorporated in 2018."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "By the end of 2020, we achieved the following results: Tracing more than 95% of our virgin pulp and paper-based packaging back to the country of harvest annually since 2016."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this by continuously: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually .Sourcing 100% of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020.Ensuring virgin pulp and paper that we source from origins assessed as high-deforestation risk are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Earthworm Foundation
            "Based on the risk assessments carried out with support of Earthworm Foundation and our traceability back to at least country of harvest, we will continue to engage our suppliers in sourcing areas assessed as high risk to support concrete and scalable programs on the ground. We will work with stakeholders from local governments, civil society organizations and communities whose livelihoods depend on the forest landscape."; "We assess deforestation risks on a quarterly basis as part of our traceability work with Earthworm (formerly TFT)."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Our business relies on the availability of raw materials including pulp and paper for packaging, and cocoa, palm oil, beef and soy as ingredients for our products. Our risk assessments consider how interrelated impacts such as deforestation, climate change, water and land use, will affect yields and therefore the availability and these commodities. We assess the availability of each commodity using our internal sustainability impact calculator, the risk assessment tools that form part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology, and with assistance from relevant expert third-parties including Earthworm, Proforest, and certification partners"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We factor regulators into our risk assessments as part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology (MSSM). This six-step process guides our buyers on all aspects of assessing, selecting, contracting and monitoring the performance of suppliers. One such aspect is an assessment of the external environment, including political and legal risks affecting the raw material in question. Relevant factors considered within this assessment include: - Regulation and de-regulation trends - Tax policy and trade & tariff controls - Legislation in areas such as employment, competition and health and safety. - Import/export laws - Regulatory bodies and their processes - Industry specific legislation - Environmental regulations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 523,690 metric tons
          Mars reported their total volume of virgin and recycled pulp and paper-based packaging materials as 523,690 metric tons in their CDP report. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What is the certified volume?: 32,701 tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 6%

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC
          Mars reported their total and compliant volumes of paper usage in the 2019 CDP report published on their website.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We are putting in place robust monitoring processes to verify suppliers’ compliance with Mars’ requirements." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: U.S.A., Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vietnam

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 100%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: They disclose the supplier countries.
          Mars publishes a list of their direct pulp and paper suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Based on the risk assessments carried out with support of Earthworm Foundation and our traceability back to at least country of harvest, we will continue to engage our suppliers in sourcing areas assessed as high risk to support concrete and scalable programs on the ground." [...] "we will: Conduct field assessments informed by areas of highest risk  Work with suppliers to put in place time-bound action plans for improvement"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance with deforestation policies 
          "We are establishing processes for rectifying instances of deforestation in our supply chains by engaging, suspending or removing suppliers that do not come back into compliance after we notify them that they aren’t meeting Mars’ deforestation-free requirements. We are also considering what role reforestation or restoration might play in contributing to deforestation solutions."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      50/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
            "By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our soy ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment; Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Mars prioritises Latin America as they have identified that this is the area with the highest risk of soy-driven deforestation. They also exclude a large segment of their company, as their commitments are specifically related to the direct soy in the Mars petcare. 
            "By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our soy ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots. This goal applies to the material portion of soy supply to Mars, which includes soy ingredients we source for pet food. Our ambition is to build transparent and verified soy supply chains that give us confidence we are preserving forests and natural ecosystems." 
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our soy ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots. This goal applies to the material portion of soy supply to Mars, which includes soy ingredients we source for pet food. Our ambition is to build transparent and verified soy supply chains that give us confidence we are preserving forests and natural ecosystems." 
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2017
            "This Soy Action Plan articulates the approach Mars is taking to implement our Global Deforestation and Land Use Change Position in our soy supply chains. It builds on our previous commitment, “By the end of 2017, 100% of the soy we purchase in Brazil will be certified and sourced from operations that are in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code.”
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Mars has already completed its goal of traceable soy in Brazil and is now focusing on other countries in Latin America - "By the end of 2017, 100% of the soy we purchase in Brazil will be certified and sourced from operations that are in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code [...] We worked toward this commitment by: Mapping 100% of our material soy products sourced from Brazil to the processing site. Tracing 100% of our material soy products sourced from other countries to the processing site."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Mars has already completed its goal of traceable soy in Brazil and is now focusing on other countries in Latin America - "By the end of 2017, 100% of the soy we purchase in Brazil will be certified and sourced from operations that are in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code [...] We worked toward this commitment by:Mapping 100% of our material soy products sourced from Brazil to the processing site.Tracing 100% of our material soy products sourced from other countries to the processing site."[...]"By 2025, our aim is to stop deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems in Mars supply chains for our soy ingredients in Latin America — a region with high conversion hotspots. This goal applies to the material portion of soy supply to Mars, which includes soy ingredients we source for pet food."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2017
            "Mars has already completed its goal of traceable soy in Brazil and is now focusing on other countries in Latin America - "By the end of 2017, 100% of the soy we purchase in Brazil will be certified and sourced from operations that are in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code [...] We worked toward this commitment by:Mapping 100% of our material soy products sourced from Brazil to the processing site.Tracing 100% of our material soy products sourced from other countries to the processing site."
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Our Supplier Code of Conduct is informed by the International Bill of Human Rights, the principles set forth in the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This document, and related guidance, establishes expectations of Mars’s suppliers with regard to business practices, including their approach to human rights, the environment, and ethical practices aligned with legal requirements, the Mars, Incorporated Human Rights Policy, other relevant Mars policies, and international good practice. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Economic

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified
          "In 2018, we launched the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do tank” focused on finding practical insights needed to help eradicate smallholder poverty. This Lab is intended to be a catalyst, driving faster and more effective impact at scale within our supply chains, and amplifying our impacts by sharing our insights with others". [...] "Our approach is evidence-based and collaborative. Working with a range of partners — including academic, private sector, non-profit and intergovernmental organizations — we're examining existing evidence and engaging in in-depth dialogues to develop outcome-driven policies that increase farmer incomes to the level and scale required "
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination or harassment in hiring, pay, promotion, or in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national or social origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, gender identity or any other status protected by applicable law is prohibited."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Mars expects suppliers to meet the following guidelines to stop deforestation from a specified cut-off date: [...] Support existing human rights commitments including respect for farmers’ and communities’ land rights, free prior and informed consent, and the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent people Resolve land rights disputes through a balanced and transparent dispute resolution process"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        20/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "We maintained our commitment for 100% of soy sourced from Brazil to be certified by the Round Table on Responsible Soy in 2018."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Mars has already completed its goal of traceable soy in Brazil and is now focusing on other countries in Latin America - "By the end of 2017, 100% of the soy we purchase in Brazil will be certified and sourced from operations that are in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code [...] We worked toward this commitment by:Mapping 100% of our material soy products sourced from Brazil to the processing site.Tracing 100% of our material soy products sourced from other countries to the processing site."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS
            "We maintained our commitment for 100% of soy sourced from Brazil to be certified by the Round Table on Responsible Soy in 2018."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2025
          "To achieve our ambition by 2025, we expect our direct soy suppliers in Latin America to meet the following requirements: [...] Maintain a deforestation cutoff date of June 2016 for other regions in Latin America, in line with RTRS. This includes forests (including high carbon stock forests), and other types of natural ecosystem (including savannahs and other areas of high conservation value) which can be monitored."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified 
          "Our business relies on the availability of raw materials including pulp and paper for packaging, and cocoa, palm oil, beef and soy as ingredients for our products. Our risk assessments consider how interrelated impacts such as deforestation, climate change, water and land use, will affect yields and therefore the availability and these commodities. We assess the availability of each commodity using our internal sustainability impact calculator, the risk assessment tools that form part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology, and with assistance from relevant expert third-parties including Earthworm, Proforest, and certification partners"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We factor regulators into our risk assessments as part of the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology (MSSM). This six-step process guides our buyers on all aspects of assessing, selecting, contracting and monitoring the performance of suppliers. One such aspect is an assessment of the external environment, including political and legal risks affecting the raw material in question. Relevant factors considered within this assessment include: - Regulation and de-regulation trends - Tax policy and trade & tariff controls - Legislation in areas such as employment, competition and health and safety. - Import/export laws - Regulatory bodies and their processes - Industry specific legislation - Environmental regulations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 124.8 thousand tons of indirect soy
          In the 2021 update, Mars report on their "Total Direct Soy from at-risk countries, Direct soy from Brazil or Argentina, Total Direct Soy ", but exclude indirect soy. The data for 2019 released in February 2021 shows the total volume as 121.274 tons, with 21% (26.072 tons) coming from Brazil only. The breakdowns by these categories are in 3 pie charts within the report. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 4%

          What is the certified volume?: 1250 tons
          In the 2021 update, Mars report on their "Total Direct Soy from at-risk countries, Direct soy from Brazil or Argentina, Total Direct Soy ", but exclude indirect soy. The data for 2019 released in February 2021 shows the total volume as 121,274 tons, with 21% (26,072 tons) coming from Brazil only. The breakdowns by these categories are in 3 pie charts within the report. The RTRS certified soy is 1250 tons (4%) in the pie charts. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We are putting in place robust monitoring processes to verify suppliers’ compliance with Mars’ requirements." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil

          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 26,072 tonnes from Brazil

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No
          Mars publicly reports a list of their Brazilian soy suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "In addition to what we expect from our direct soy suppliers, Mars is taking the following actions to address deforestation: Verifying all direct suppliers’ compliance with this Action Plan through third-party verification of the trader or crusher purchase control system. Verification frequency might be determined by suppliers’ risks to policy breaches."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Mars is working first to stop deforestation in our supply chain, then engage suppliers to implement these practices throughout their business, for all the ingredients they buy and sell. [...] In addition to what we expect from our direct soy suppliers, Mars is taking the following actions to address deforestation: Verifying all direct suppliers’ compliance with this Action Plan through third-party verification of the trader or crusher purchase control system. Verification frequency might be determined by suppliers’ risks to policy breaches. [...] Where we believe no further progress is possible, we reserve rights of refusal and to end supplier relationships that do not meet our expectations in a defined timeframe."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    15/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    25/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    13/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Mars is a global leader in the confectionary industry, and also a significant player in the market for processed food, drinks and pet care. It manufactures goods under well-known global brands including M&Ms, Uncle Ben’s and Royal Canin. The company uses significant quantities of palm oil in its confectionary items and food products. It is also exposed to the forest risk commodity soy through dairy ingredients and in its pet food products. Mars Inc. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

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United States
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Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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