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INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AREN’T ENOUGH. BUSINESS NEEDS TO CHANGE THE WAY WE OPERATE

That was the message from our sustainability team as they fanned out across events at the UN General Assembly and Climate Week NYC last month, sharing details of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan. The plan, backed by our $1 billion investment, aims to tackle critical challenges, from poverty to food insecurity to climate change and well beyond.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 1 calls for no poverty. Yet an estimated 200 million smallholder farmers are producing food within supply chains and far too many live in poverty. “We believe supply chains are broken. They aren’t providing farmers with universal opportunities to earn a decent living, and many are vulnerable to human rights risks. While many companies, like Mars, have been working to address these challenges for years, the current rate of progress isn’t enough. It is clear that we need to reinvent how commodities are sourced to protect our natural resources and allow future generations of farmers to thrive,” says our CEO Grant F. Reid, in a recent blog. “Responsible and sustainable sourcing is key to our sustainability ambitions, and frankly, where we can make the most material contribution to improving environmental and social sustainability.”

Further, speaking ahead of the Climate Week, Grant  called on businesses to make a “huge step change” to help deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Throughout the week, our Associates participated in multiple panels, TED-style talks and roundtable discussions on critical topics — fixing broken supply chains, sharing conservation best practices, ending forced labor, the vital importance of building partnerships, the role youth can play in sustainable development—and many, many more.

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We also made quite a roar with the launch of the Lion’s Share Fund, together with our partner, the UNDP, at the United Nations. Through the fund, advertisers can make a small contribution each time an animal appears in their ads, raising money for wildlife conservation and animal welfare – with the goal of raising $100 million a year. Learn more in CBS NY’s interview with our own Andy Pharoah, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones actor and UNDP Ambassador.

Meanwhile, our chairman, Stephen Badger, had the honor of being one of the first corporate speakers at the Climate Week opening ceremony, joining other prominent business leaders in promoting the importance of corporate collaboration to combat global warming and achieve greater prosperity for all, without delay. 


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Frank Mars, Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, joined a group of global CEOs and Board Members discussing human rights, highlighting our initiatives in this area. Meanwhile, Marika McCauley Sine, our Vice President Global Human Rights, presented a TED-style talk on poverty among farmers, human rights issues and our Farmer Income Lab. She also posted a compelling blog on the same topic—read it here.

UN General Assembly/Climate Week NYC caps a busy month for our leaders and sustainably team, who recently attended the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, joining delegates calling on national governments to step up climate action ahead of 2020, the year when global greenhouse gases need to peak and fall sharply to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Learn more about our climate action plan here.

The bottom line: we’re rolling up our sleeves to push even harder toward our sustainability goals and fixing what’s broken in our agricultural supply chains. Interested in a being part of our #generationforchange? Join us!