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  • Overall approach
    16/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      6/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-conversion
      6/6
      "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
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify::

      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum; New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; UN Global Compact
      Mars is a signatory to the following; Consumer Goods Forum; New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Mars has a commitment to "no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      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
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; 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."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "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
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      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?: 7,598,000 tonnes
      "Mars has integrated agriculture-related land use change into our GHG reduction target, establishing a quantitative metric for tracking reductions in deforestation. The 75% of Mars’ emissions from agricultural supply chains includes approximately 29% from land use change and 46% from agriculture. 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. This information is helping Mars, our suppliers and our peers more effectively address deforestation and land degradation in the way we source, and stay within our 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?: 360 hectares
      " We announced the Lion’s Share in June 2018, at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Along with the United Nations Development Programme and FINCH production company, we are leading the charge to improve wildlife conservation. [...] Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra: Purchased 360 hectares of rainforest to protect the last remaining Sumatran tigers, rhinos and orangutans."
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    53/84
    • Beef
      48/84
      • Commitment Strength
        24/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            "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
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "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
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "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
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            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].”"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • 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
            "Successfully mapped 100% of the beef and soy our global operations sourced from Brazil to processing sites, working with our direct suppliers  Successfully mapped 99% of the beef and 97% of the soy our global operations sourced from countries other than Brazil to processing sites, again working with our direct suppliers." "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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "Successfully mapped 100% of the beef and soy our global operations sourced from Brazil to processing sites, working with our direct suppliers  Successfully mapped 99% of the beef and 97% of the soy our global operations sourced from countries other than Brazil to processing sites, again working with our direct suppliers." "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."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Successfully mapped 100% of the beef and soy our global operations sourced from Brazil to processing sites, working with our direct suppliers  Successfully mapped 99% of the beef and 97% of the soy our global operations sourced from countries other than Brazil to processing sites, again working with our direct suppliers." "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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2016
            "Successfully mapped 100% of the beef and soy our global operations sourced from Brazil to processing sites, working with our direct suppliers  Successfully mapped 99% of the beef and 97% of the soy our global operations sourced from countries other than Brazil to processing sites, again working with our direct suppliers." "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
        11/18
        • 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

          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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "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"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "These are municipalities where our tier-1 Brazilian beef by-product suppliers are based. We are working with Proforest to map tier-2 and tier-3 suppliers, and can currently trace 87% of our Brazilian beef to the slaughterhouse."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2017
          "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
          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 non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 14,690 tonnes
          Mars disclosed a total of 14,690 tonnes of Brazilian beef in their 2019 CDP report - "Our Beef Sourcing and Deforestation Policy focuses on beef by-products sourced from Brazil, as the area of highest risk. This is the volume of beef sourced from Brazil only."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No

          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?: 13,901 tonnes

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil
          Mars publicly reports a list of their Brazilian beef suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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 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: 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
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: not specified
          "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
      60/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Our ‘Palm Positive Plan’ aims to deliver 100% deforestation-free palm oil by the end of 2020 and advance respect for human rights across our suppliers’ extended supply chains" [...] "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 applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our ‘Palm Positive Plan’ aims to deliver 100% deforestation-free palm oil by the end of 2020 and advance respect for human rights across our suppliers’ extended supply chains" [...] "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"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our ‘Palm Positive Plan’ aims to deliver 100% deforestation-free palm oil by the end of 2020 and advance respect for human rights across our suppliers’ extended supply chains" [...] "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"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Our ‘Palm Positive Plan’ aims to deliver 100% deforestation-free palm oil by the end of 2020 and advance respect for human rights across our suppliers’ extended supply chains" [...] "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
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "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) areasNo development on peatlands"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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) areasNo development on peatlands"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "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"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "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
          8/8
          • 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, Mars introduced the Palm Positive Plan to transform the way we source palm oil. Since then, Mars radically simplified its supply chain to deliver deforestation-free palm oil. This progress has been made possible by taking mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 for 2021. Our global palm oil supply chain is built to source from the 88 mills listed on the pages to follow." "Through simplification we will be able to select the suppliers and mills we desire in our supply chain. With a shorter supply chain comprised of partners who are committed to driving improvements in the systems and conditions in which we source, we can [...] 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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2019, Mars introduced the Palm Positive Plan to transform the way we source palm oil. Since then, Mars radically simplified its supply chain to deliver deforestation-free palm oil. This progress has been made possible by taking mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 for 2021. Our global palm oil supply chain is built to source from the 88 mills listed on the pages to follow." "Through simplification we will be able to select the suppliers and mills we desire in our supply chain. With a shorter supply chain comprised of partners who are committed to driving improvements in the systems and conditions in which we source, we can [...] 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/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2019, Mars introduced the Palm Positive Plan to transform the way we source palm oil. Since then, Mars radically simplified its supply chain to deliver deforestation-free palm oil. This progress has been made possible by taking mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 for 2021. Our global palm oil supply chain is built to source from the 88 mills listed on the pages to follow." "Through simplification we will be able to select the suppliers and mills we desire in our supply chain. With a shorter supply chain comprised of partners who are committed to driving improvements in the systems and conditions in which we source, we can [...] 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
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "In 2019, Mars introduced the Palm Positive Plan to transform the way we source palm oil. Since then, Mars radically simplified its supply chain to deliver deforestation-free palm oil. This progress has been made possible by taking mill count from 1500 to fewer than 100 for 2021. Our global palm oil supply chain is built to source from the 88 mills listed on the pages to follow." "Through simplification we will be able to select the suppliers and mills we desire in our supply chain. With a shorter supply chain comprised of partners who are committed to driving improvements in the systems and conditions in which we source, we can [...] 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
        11/18
        • 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
          "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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "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"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            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 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
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            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 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
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our global palm oil supply chain is built to source from the 88 mills listed on the pages to follow."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            "Our ‘Palm Positive Plan’ aims to deliver 100% deforestation-free palm oil by the end of 2020 and advance respect for human rights across our suppliers’ extended supply chains" [...] "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: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: 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
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 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?: 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 non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 80,067 tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          Mars reported their total usage of palm oil as 80,067 tonnes, all of which was RSPO certified in
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          "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. 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*."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Regularly, not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "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: 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
          "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
      55/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which 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 through the following goals: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 areas assessed as high-deforestation risk must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this through the following goals: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 areas assessed as high-deforestation risk must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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 through the following goals: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 areas assessed as high-deforestation risk must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            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 through the following goals: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 areas assessed as high-deforestation risk must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Maximize recycled content, to increase the proportion of recycled fiber in our pulp and paper-based packaging from 59% to 80% by 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • 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 through the following goals: 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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this through the following goals: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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 through the following goals: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            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 through the following goals: Tracing 100% of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest annually."
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • 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
          "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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "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"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "By the end of 2019, we achieved the following results:Traced 95% of our virgin pulp and paper-based packaging back to the country of harvest annually since 2016. Sourced 65% of our paper-based packaging as recycled/certified, which puts us on track to achieve at least 95% of our paper-based packaging as recycled or certified virgin fiber by the end of 2020. Engaged and invested 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
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Maximize recycled content, to increase the proportion of recycled fiber in our pulp and paper-based packaging from 59% to 80% by 2020."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "By the end of 2019, we achieved the following results: Traced 95% of our virgin pulp and paper-based packaging back to the country of harvest annually since 2016."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification
            "Mars remains committed to stop deforestation and forest degradation in our pulp and paper supply chain. We will work toward this through the following goals: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 areas assessed as high-deforestation risk must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: 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."
        • 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
          "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 non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 32,701 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 225524.14 tons
          Mars reported their total and compliant volumes of paper usage in the 2019 CDP report published on their website.
        • 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?: 290,537 tonnes
          Mars publishes a list of its pulp and paper suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "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: 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
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: not specified

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "We require all paper and board packaging suppliers to have plans in place to ensure compliance with our policy and the Sustainable Sourcing Charter set out within it, by mid-2017. From 2020 onward, we will only work with suppliers that share our values and comply with our Charter in full."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      50/84
      • Commitment Strength
        22/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also 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. " "We maintained our commitment for 100% of soy sourced from Brazil to be certified by the Round Table on Responsible Soy in 2018."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: "We completed an initial risk assessment of our global soy supply chain and determined that countries with the highest risk of soy-driven deforestation are in Latin America."

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "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. "
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "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. "
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2018
            "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
          9/11
          • 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
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            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."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            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
        11/18
        • 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
          "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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current
          "To achieve our ambition by 2025, we expect our direct soy suppliers in Latin America to meet the following requirements: [...] Demonstrate that:There is respect for rights of affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for planting soy on land they own legally, communally or by custom."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            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
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            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
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification schemes
            "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
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2016
          "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 non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 160,104 tonnes
          within their internal report for 2018 Mars report a total of 160,104 tonnes of soy, with 26,616 tonnes (17%) of that sourced from Brazil. In their 2019 CDP Mars reported a total of 30,000 tonnes of soy sourced from Brazil only.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No

          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 26,616 tonnes from Brazil

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 100%
          Mars publicly reports a list of their Brazilian soy suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: not specified
          "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
    24/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/18
    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.

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

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How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

All assessments use policies published on company websites, some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

Disclaimer

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