Climate Change, Land Use, Water Stress and More – Mars, Incorporated
healthy planet

REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Our Healthy Planet ambition is to reduce our environmental impacts in line with what science says is necessary to keep the planet healthy.

WIND FARMS IN THE USA & UK

Renewable electricity plays a significant role in helping us reduce and then eliminate GHG emissions from our direct operations. From installing on-site renewable energy (think solar panels), to establishing electricity supply contracts, to signing long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), we’re advancing our commitment to renewable electricity around the world. In fact, we’re already using or buying renewable electricity to cover 100 percent of our operations in ten countries. And we’ve signed a new 20-year agreement to buy 100 percent of our electricity in Australia from solar power.

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RICE + WATER SUSTAINABILITY

After working with nearly 2,000 rice farmers in India and Pakistan, early results show a 32 percent increase in farmer income, a 17 percent increase in yield and a 30 percent reduction in water. We need to now work to replicate and scale these promising early results.

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CORAL REEF REHABILITATION

We want to help protect the natural wonder that is coral reef. Our coral reef rehabilitation project in Indonesia led to an increase in fish stocks, food security, and job opportunities for many locals.

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MINT SUSTAINABILITY

We’re committed to advancing mint sustainability to help the industry thrive. Our training with mint farmers has already seen a 66 percent increase in yields.

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AFRICAN ORPHAN CROP CONSORTIUM

As a founding member of the African Orphan Crop Consortium, we’re helping improve the nutritional content, yield and resilience of 101 African crops that research has neglected.

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FISH SUSTAINABILITY

Seafood is an important part of the diet of many people and pets worldwide. We’re committed to sourcing all of our fish and seafood from sustainable fish sources by 2020.

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OUR HEALTHY PLANET AMBITION IS TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS IN LINE WITH WHAT SCIENCE SAYS IS NECESSARY TO KEEP THE PLANET HEALTHY.

Our 2017-2018 Sustainable in a Generation Plan Report

Our goals to foster a Healthy Planet fall into these three areas of focus: climate action, water stewardship and land management.

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Climate
Action

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain by 27% by 2025 and by 67% by 2050.

Reduce absolute GHG emissions from direct operations by 20% by 2020.

Improve energy efficiency in direct operations by 10% by 2020.

Maintain zero waste to landfill from our direct operations.

Water
Stewardship

Cut unsustainable water use in our value chain in half by 2025, with an ultimate aim to eliminate water use in excess of sustainable levels in our value chain.

Improve water efficiency at water stressed sites by 15% by 2020.

Land
Management

Hold flat the total land area associated with our value chain.

TAKING ACTION ACROSS OUR VALUE CHAIN

During the past decade, we’ve reduced our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through efficiency and renewable electricity use and eliminated our waste to landfill. While we have a great deal to be proud of, it hasn’t been enough. 

We now have a better understanding of our imprint on environmental sustainability. The science is clear, and the data we have about our own business and our footprint is stronger. That’s why we’re working across our value chain, which includes our direct operations, to take climate action, improve water stewardship and promote sustainable land use.

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Agriculture is the biggest user of water, which means to manage water sustainably we should focus on what’s grown in our supply chains and where it’s grown. Using science as our guide, our goal is to eliminate water use in excess of sustainable levels in our value chain. During the last year, we’ve managed to improve water efficiency at water stressed sites by seven percent, but we saw a slight increase in use of water. We’ll use our increasing knowledge to inform purchasing decisions and water efficiency improvement programs.

See how we’re taking action to advance sustainable water use

LAND USE

Sustainable land management is the building block for sustainable agriculture, and we believe we have a role to play in helping to stop, prevent and reverse practices that degrade land and put pressure on natural ecosystems. It’s clear we can’t increase the amount of land used to make or source our products. Our goal is to hold flat the total land area associated with our value chain.

Learn more about our efforts to end deforestation, boost agricultural production, strengthen certifications and more to promote sustainable land use

CLIMATE-RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAIN

Ashley N. P. Allen
With a real commitment to sustainability, Ashley focuses on helping make our supply chain resistant to the issues climate change could bring.

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NEW CLIMATE ECONOMY

Lisa Manley
We know our influence and reach can help address the impacts of climate change, particularly within our supply chain and operations. Associates like Lisa are passionate about renewable energy and setting new goals to take action against climate change.

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SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Rachel Goldstein
Many of our products come to your home or local store in a box, bag or some sort of packaging. Amazing Associates like Rachel are creating sustainable packaging to cut down on waste and be part of a #GenerationForChange.

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