Mars targets to rid supply chain of carbon emissions in new 2050 sustainability goal

US — American manufacturer of snacks and pet foods Mars Inc., has unveiled its new sustainability agenda where it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across its entire supply chain by 2050.  

To become carbon neutral, the company plans to transition to renewable energy, redesign its supply chains to stop deforestation, and invest in renewable agriculture. 

“To deliver meaningful impact and ensure it is fit for purpose, our net zero target covers our entire GHG footprint, from how we source materials through to how consumers use our products, and we’re mobilizing our entire business around taking action now and hitting interim targets every five years,” said Grant F. Reid, Mars chief executive officer. 

The company also plans to actively encourage its suppliers to take action so as to achieve uniform results throughout its supply chain. 

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“We won’t be able to achieve net zero without the collaboration of our associates, suppliers, customers, consumers and industry partners. It’s so important that we work together to drive scale and reach,”Reid added. 

The company said it is redesigning its supply chain to help stop deforestation and will focus on five commodities that have the greatest risk, including cocoa, beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy. 

Actions will include a continued shift away from purchasing ingredients based on cost and will focus on transparency and traceability around the commodities it sources.  

The maker of Skittles and Snicker confectionery brands says its goal is for the five commodities to be deforestation-free by 2025. 

Mars has also committed to working with farmers and suppliers to promote regenerative agriculture through projects such as the soil health initiative, the Sustainable Dairy Partnership, and Oryzonte, a program to improve rice agriculture in Spain. 

By 2040, Mars hopes to achieving zero GHG emissions in its direct operations and is now sourcing 100% renewable electricity for the entirety of its operations in 11 countries that accounts for 54% of its global needs.  

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The company further plans to make a similar switch in an additional eight countries by 2025 even as it encourages its suppliers to also take action.  

Through Mars’ Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition program the company has pledged to provide training and capability building with the goal of signing up other brands to join and scale the project. 

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