Mars pledges $1 billion to sustainability efforts

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Mars, Inc., is the largest private company in Fairfax County and Greater Washington. Now this corporate powerhouse is taking major steps to fight climate change. McLean-based chocolatier Mars has pledged to invest $1 billion over the next few years to support efforts involving renewable energy, food sourcing, cross-industry action groups and farmers. The investment will help achieve the company’s three key ambitions:

A Healthy Planet: Mars is committing to reducing environmental impacts in line with the recommendations of the scientific community to retain planet health, with a particular focus on climate action, water stewardship and land management. For example, they’re aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their value chain by 67% by 2050.

Thriving People: This goal is to meaningfully improve the working lives of one million people by increasing income, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women. This includes the launch of the Mars Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, which aims to foster sustainability and poverty reduction in its extended supply chains, and the Farmer Income Lab, a collaborative ‘think-do tank’ aimed at improving farmer incomes.

Nourishing Wellbeing: This involves advancing science, innovation and marketing to help billions of people and their pets lead healthier, happier lives. This continues on current efforts around food safety and security; product and ingredient renovation and responsible marketing.

To learn more about the Mars sustainability mission, visit mars.com/global/sustainable-in-a-generation.

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