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  • Overall approach
    7/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero net deforestation
      2.00/6
      Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth.
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Soy Moratorium; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      Mars are a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the Soy Moratorium, and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform.
    • 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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      Unexplained
      "Mars’ full value chain GHG emissions in 2015 were estimated at 26.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) [...] agriculture and land use change emissions make up the lion’s share – approximately 75% – of our full value chain emissions."
  • Commodity score
    57/86
    • Beef
      59/86
      • Commitment Strength
        28/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          16/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "By the end of 2017, 100 percent 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, when beef is coming from the Amazon Biome, it is not associated with primary forest clearance or who have the right plans in place to become able to demonstrate."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Applies to Brazilian Beef only
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "By the end of 2017, 100 percent 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, when beef is coming from the Amazon Biome, it is not associated with primary forest clearance or who have the right plans in place to become able to demonstrate."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our goal is to ensure that beef used in Mars products does not impinge on the Amazon region, one of the world’s most environmentally sensitive areas. To that end we aim to protect primary forest areas of high conservation value and high carbon stock forests".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "By the end of 2017, 100 percent 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, when beef is coming from the Amazon Biome, it is not associated with primary forest clearance or who have the right plans in place to become able to demonstrate."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "By the end of 2017, 100 percent 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, when beef is coming from the Amazon Biome, it is not associated with primary forest clearance or who have the right plans in place to become able to demonstrate."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "By the end of 2017, 100 percent 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, when beef is coming from the Amazon Biome, it is not associated with primary forest clearance or who have the right plans in place to become able to demonstrate."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            ""Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "For beef, around one-third of suppliers account for more than 80% of the volume we purchase. Around half already comply with our policy requirements".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Mars "successfully mapped 100% of the beef [...] of [their] global operations sourced from Brazil to processing sites [...and] successfully mapped 99% of the beef [...] sourced from countries other than Brazil to processing sites".
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            other third party verification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Conduct a gap analysis of our suppliers to understand who is already in compliance with the Brazil Forest Code, or who has plans in place to achieve compliance. All our direct beef suppliers will have to demonstrate compliance by mid-2016."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "By the end of 2017, 100 percent 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, when beef is coming from the Amazon Biome, it is not associated with primary forest clearance or who have the right plans in place to become able to demonstrate. To achieve this commitment we will work closely with our suppliers who have more direct visibility into their beef sources."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Mars Inc publicly reports their direct beef supplier list. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Mars Inc. report that they use a total volume of 284,659 Tonnes of beef. 
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Mars commit to "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mars Inc. require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Mars Inc. prohibit discrimination or harassment based on gender within their Supplier Code of Conduct.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "So we took action, creating the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do-tank” designed to ask questions, create solutions and inspire action in order to build global supply chains that support farmers and business [...] 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." 
    • Palm oil
      59/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            If Other, specify here: In Mars Inc. Palm Oil Update 2018, they state "we have sourced 100% of our palm oil through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) mass balance program", so counts as this is taken from the 2018 updated report. 
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "We launched our policy in March 2014 to formalize our commitment to developing a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain — one that is free from deforestation", and "have purchased 100 percent of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the group’s “mass balance” program since year-end 2013."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We launched our policy in March 2014 to formalize our commitment to developing a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain — one that is free from deforestation", and "have purchased 100 percent of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the group’s “mass balance” program since year-end 2013."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We launched our policy in March 2014 to formalize our commitment to developing a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain — one that is free from deforestation", and "have purchased 100 percent of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the group’s “mass balance” program since year-end 2013."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We launched our policy in March 2014 to formalize our commitment to developing a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain — one that is free from deforestation", and "have purchased 100 percent of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the group’s “mass balance” program since year-end 2013."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We launched our policy in March 2014 to formalize our commitment to developing a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain — one that is free from deforestation", and "have purchased 100 percent of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the group’s “mass balance” program since year-end 2013."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Mars required their suppliers to "confirm their commitment to comply with the above sourcing charter [which includes the zero deforestation and RSPO commitment] by the end of 2014".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We launched our policy in March 2014 to formalize our commitment to developing a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain — one that is free from deforestation", and "have purchased 100 percent of our palm oil from RSPO-certified sources via the group’s “mass balance” program since year-end 2013."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/11
          • 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
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Mars report to the RSPO through the ACOP on their implementation of this commitment.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "Achieved 98% traceability of palm oil supplies to mill level in the first half of 2018 up to June 2018."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Mars report to the RSPO through the ACOP on their implementation of this commitment.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
            "We will continue to source 100 percent RSPO mass-balance certified palm oil, but we want to go the extra mile [by only sourcing from companies with] "no development in high carbon stock forest areas [and] no development on peat lands regardless of depth" 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "This will be coupled with meaningful engagement on human rights, and on-the-ground and satellite verification processes to monitor deforestation."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Mars reports their suppliers through a list of palm mills which is available on their website. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          81,834 Tonnes
          Mars report their usage of palm through the RSPO ACOP.
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Mars commit to "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mars Inc. require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Mars Inc. prohibit discrimination or harassment based on gender within their Supplier Code of Conduct.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "So we took action, creating the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do-tank” designed to ask questions, create solutions and inspire action in order to build global supply chains that support farmers and business [...] 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." 
    • Soy
      54/86
      • Commitment Strength
        28/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          16/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Mars is committed to only source beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that demonstrate compliance with no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value, no development in high carbon stock forest areas, and no development on peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our initial focus is on four raw materials with the greatest impact on forests: beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy. This policy applies to 100 percent of these raw materials sourced by Mars, Incorporated."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
             "Together with our suppliers, we have successfully mapped all of our beef and soy sourced from Brazil to the site where it was processed. Knowing which processing sites are in our supply chain means we can identify the area supplying each one, and assess the risk of deforestation occurring there. Our next step is to work with partners on the ground in high-risk areas of Brazil, to trace our supplies back to specific farms within each area. "
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/34
        • 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
            Mars have "successfully mapped 97% of the soy our global operations sourced from countries other than Brazil to processing sites" [and] "successfully mapped 100% of the beef and soy our global operations sourced from Brazil to processing sites, working with our direct suppliers"
        • 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
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "Certification is the minimum standard required to meet our policy. It will ensure that we meet our commitment to source from suppliers that abide by all Federal regulations in Brazil including the Brazil Forest Code, that are proactive in the Soy Moratorium, and that are fully engaged with local producers and NGOs."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Mars Inc publicly report their soy supplier list.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          160,104 Tonnes
          Mars Inc report their usage of soy as 160,104 Tonnes.
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Mars commit to "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mars Inc. require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Mars Inc. prohibit discrimination or harassment based on gender within their Supplier Code of Conduct.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "So we took action, creating the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do-tank” designed to ask questions, create solutions and inspire action in order to build global supply chains that support farmers and business [...] 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." 
    • Pulp & Paper
      58/86
      • Commitment Strength
        29/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            If Other, specify here:  
            "Our commitment is to only source virgin pulp and paper-based packaging materials from companies [...with] no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value [and] no development in high carbon stock forest areas" and seek "Certification to a credible, independent standard [...]. Our strong preference is for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our commitment is to only source virgin pulp and paper-based packaging materials from companies [...with] no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value [and] no development in high carbon stock forest areas" and seek "Certification to a credible, independent standard [...]. Our strong preference is for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our commitment is to only source virgin pulp and paper-based packaging materials from companies [...with] no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value [and] no development in high carbon stock forest areas" and seek "Certification to a credible, independent standard [...]. Our strong preference is for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our commitment is to only source virgin pulp and paper-based packaging materials from companies [...with] no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value [and] no development in high carbon stock forest areas" and seek "Certification to a credible, independent standard [...]. Our strong preference is for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our commitment is to only source virgin pulp and paper-based packaging materials from companies [...with] no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value [and] no development in high carbon stock forest areas" and seek "Certification to a credible, independent standard [...]. Our strong preference is for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our commitment is to only source virgin pulp and paper-based packaging materials from companies [...with] no deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value [and] no development in high carbon stock forest areas" and seek "Certification to a credible, independent standard [...]. Our strong preference is for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Mars have a commitment to "100 percent of pulp and paper-based packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by the end of 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            "Together with our suppliers we have mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging we source to the paper mill and the country of origin is known for 90% of tonnage"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Together with our suppliers we have mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging we source to the paper mill and the country of origin is known for 90% of tonnage"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Together with our suppliers we have mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging we source to the paper mill and the country of origin is known for 90% of tonnage"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Together with our suppliers we have mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging we source to the paper mill and the country of origin is known for 90% of tonnage"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Together with our suppliers we have mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging we source to the paper mill and the country of origin is known for 90% of tonnage"
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "Together with our suppliers we have mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging we source to the paper mill and the country of origin is known for 90% of tonnage"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Although we didn’t achieve 100% traceability by end of 2016 as planned, we remain committed to establishing the country of harvest for the remaining 10% of volumes and will continue this work throughout 2017"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Mars reported in 2017 that they had "engaged all 185 direct pulp and paper suppliers to establish compliance with our policy, representing 100% of pulp and paper volume."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Mars Inc. has "mapped 93% of the virgin fiber in the pulp and paper packaging [sourced] to the paper mill." 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "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." 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Mars Inc. has disclosed their supplier list for pulp and paper. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          503,566 Tonnes
          Mars Inc. has disclosed the total volume (metric Tonnes) of pulp and paper sourced. 
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Mars commit to "Respect the right of all affected communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for plantation developments on land they own legally, communally or by custom".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mars Inc. require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Mars Inc. prohibit discrimination or harassment based on gender within their Supplier Code of Conduct.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "So we took action, creating the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative “think-do-tank” designed to ask questions, create solutions and inspire action in order to build global supply chains that support farmers and business [...] 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." 
  • Commitment strength
    29/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    16/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    13/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Mars Inc. (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, which is a key ingredient in Mars’s pet food products.  

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

Pedigree, Whiskcas, Royal Canin, AniCura, Wisdom Panel, VCA, Bounty, Celebrations, Combos, Wrigley's, Dove, Galaxy, Hubba Bubba, Juicy Fruit, M&Ms, Maltesers, Mars, milkyWay, orbit, Skittles, Snickers, Starbursts, Twix, Extra, Dolmio, Uncle Ben's

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