Mars Wrigley announces key sustainability achievements

Mars Wrigley sustainability achievements

Mars Wrigley Australia has announced landmark results and achievements across two of its largest sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs.

The Mars Wrigley Cocoa for Generations Program and the Sustainable in a Generation Plan initiatives are key performance indicators for the snacks and treats manufacturer, and the past year has seen significant acceleration towards the brand’s sustainability goals.

In its recently released Cocoa for Generations report, Mars Wrigley details its latest progress toward creating a modern, inclusive and sustainable cocoa supply chain. Advancements include significant progress on its Women for Change program and key deforestation-free milestones.

According to the report, the company has sourced 61 per cent of cocoa through its Responsible Cocoa program, on track to reach its goal of 100 per cent by 2025.

Through its suppliers, Mars Wrigley has also distributed more than 1.9 million new non-cocoa trees in 2021, helping to increase shade and biodiversity and assist in carbon capture.

Locally, the company is conducting agricultural research in Far North Queensland to unearth sustainable cocoa production methods. Mars has partnered with James Cook University to study the integration of cocoa within sustainable agroforestry systems. The research is an Australian first, paving the way for sustainable production of cocoa globally.

Chris Hutton, director of research and development at Mars Wrigley Australia said the program aims to revolutionise cocoa production in supply chains around the world.

“The syntropic ecosystem we’re creating in Far North Queensland is the only site in Australia that is investigating this type of syntropic agriculture to support cocoa farmers. By investing in this research as part of the Cocoa for Generations program, we aim to unlock further understanding on how to best grow cocoa sustainably enrich the lives of cocoa farmers, their families and communities around the world,” said Hutton

In collaboration with CARE, the Cocoa for Generations Women for Change program has reached more than 77,000 members in cocoa farming communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

The program aims to empower women and girls in cocoa supply chains and is critical to long-term sustainability. This effort has supported almost 58,000 women, resulting in over $7.4 million in collective savings and over $3.7 million in loans distributed.

The confectionery maker has also released its Sustainable in a Generation scorecard for 2021, highlighting major milestones across its global value chain. Since launching the initiative in 2017, the annual scorecard provides a year-over-year review of progress around the business’ sustainability goals.

“The 2021 Sustainable in a Generation Scorecard marks major developments across the Mars Wrigley business both locally and globally. As we continue to move toward our long-term goals, we’re also gearing up to announce some major local achievements within our sustainability and manufacturing strategies, which is a testament to the work our local team is delivering and pioneering for Mars Wrigley globally ,” explained Hutton.

Key results from the scorecard include:

  • 6.1 per cent reduction in emissions across the entire Mars value chain
  • 53 per cent of electricity is drawn from renewable sources
  • 24 per cent reduction in unsustainable water use, in line to achieve 2025 target of a 50 per cent reduction
  • Mars reached more than 442,200 people through human rights and income efforts and worked to positively impact 61,250 farmers through increased incomes
  • 43 per cent of Mars packaging is now designed for recycling for infrastructure that exists today or is likely to exist in the near future

To learn more about Mars Wrigley’s commitments to advancing respect for human rights, creating climate-smart solutions and providing opportunities to thrive under its holistic and human-centric Cocoa for Generations program, visit here.

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