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  • Mars pledges to spend $1 billion on 'Sustainability in a Generation' plan.
  • Aims to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emission and promoting sustainable farming.
  • Mars wants big companies around the world to follow its lead.
  • Warns of "more extreme weather events... causing significant challenges and hardships" unless more action is taken.

A farmer carries cocoa pods at a cocoa farm in Agboville, Ivory Coast April 24, 2017. Picture taken April 24, 2017.A farmer carries cocoa pods at a cocoa farm in Agboville, Ivory Coast April 24, 2017.REUTERS/Luc Gnago

LONDON - Chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change.

The $35 billion food giant behind brands like M&Ms, Skittles, and Twix on Wednesday launched its "Sustainability in a Generation" plan, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and supply chain by more than 60% by 2050.

Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider: "We've been increasingly worried about overall progress on the big issues, whether that's climate change or solving poverty.

"There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough collectively. We're trying to go all in here."

'We believe in the scientific view of climate science and the need for collective action'

The huge investment commitment comes ahead of a UN General Assembly and Climate Week in New York later this month and the timing is meant to spur other companies around the world to make similar environmental commitments.

Mars and Snickers bars are seen in this picture illustration taken February 23, 2016. U.S. chocolate maker Mars Inc announced a recall of Mars and Snickers bars as well as some other products in Germany on Tuesday after bits of plastic were found in one of its products. It said the recall affected all Mars and Snickers products, Milky Way Minis and Miniatures as well as certain kinds of Celebrations confectionery boxes with best-before dates ranging from June 19, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017.Some of Mars' best selling chocolates.REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Illustration

CEO Grant F. Reid said in a statement released on Wednesday that "the engine of global business - its supply chain - is broken, and requires transformational, cross-industry collaboration to fix it."

 

Parkin warned that the consequences of inaction are "the planet warming, more extreme weather events, and that causing significant challenges and hardships in specific places around the world, whether that's oceans rising or crops not growing successfully."

"We're a food business, which is based on agriculture so we care a lot about the farmers who supply us around the world. It's towards 1 million farmers around the world who produce raw materials for us," he said.

"Climate science says many of those are going to be challenged as the world gets warmer. We care about this both on a societal level but also on a business level."

He added: "It's time for companies to accelerate their game and work together, and work together with governments and civil society. This is a world issue and it requires all actors to work together."

Mars, which had close to $35 billion in sales last year, was one of the companies that signed a letter urging President Trump not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in June.Parkin denied that Mars' investment was motivated by Trump, saying: "We're not interested in the politics here - this is about policy. We believe in the scientific view of climate science and the need for collective action."

 
 
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But he added: "We're clearly disappointed that the US administration has chosen to withdraw from the Paris Agreement."

Mars will meet the environmental commitments set out in the Paris Agreement as part of its sustainability plan.

'You have to completely change the way you operate your business'

Mars' $1 billion sustainability drive will include investments in:

  • Renewable energy: Mars' US and UK operations are already powered by huge wind farms built over the last decade but it plans to have totally wind-powered operations in 11 countries around the world by next year, with plans for Russia, China, Australia, and India.
  • Food sourcing: The company, which also makes pet food under brands like Whiskas and Pedigree, will invest in sustainable sourcing for ingredients like fish.
  • Cross-industry action groups: Mars has set up groups like the Cocoa Action, an industry coalition aimed at making cocoa growing more sustainable, and Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, which invests in small holder farming across the world.
  • Farmers: "A huge amount of it will go upstream in working with farmers and helping farmers transform the way they grow crops to be both more environmentally sound but also in ways that dramatically increase the income of farmers," Parkin says.

Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer.Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer.Mars

Parkin said: "This is not just a little bit better. The science says we need to reduce our carbon footprint by two-thirds and we're going to do that. You have to completely change the way you operate your business and you have to completely change how you source your products."

He added: "The billion is a good start and a very clear investment but we fundamentally have to make the business more sustainable. Everything we invest over the next few years has to be in pursuit of becoming a truly sustainable business.

"We care about our business being successful over the next 100 years."

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sounds like someone got chocolate in their peanut butter and someone else got peanut butter in their chocolate...


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Where do you get Milky Way's?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Just now, Boiler said:

Where do you get Milky Way's?

From space cadets?


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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48 minutes ago, Il Mango Dulce said:

translation...

 

the mm Mars Corp board of directors has been kidnapped and brainwashed by a end of times cult. 

 

   Many corporations are on board with climate science. CEO's are not scientists, but they are usually intelligent people. As such, they understand what scientific consensus actually means.


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2 minutes ago, Jacque67 said:

 

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Sadly racist now.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Back when I worked in investment management, I recall speaking to more than a few CEOs and board chairs who put sustainability at the heart of their strategy. It makes business sense to safeguard assets, supply chains and consumer demand. This was about ££££££, and that it made them look like they had a heart was just gravy.

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**** several posts removed.  A general reminder to stay on topic and not import drama from old threads. *****


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