Mars is on a journey to transform how we source palm oil.
Today palm oil is used in more than half the world’s packaged goods, across both food and personal care items. And, when produced sustainably, palm can deliver value through the entire supply chain. But, the old way of doing things – buying the lowest cost commodities – just won’t do if we are to address and ultimately fix a broken supply chain. As buyers, we have an opportunity to drive social and environmental change that can make things better for people and for the planet that we share.
Our ‘Palm Positive Plan’ aims to deliver 100% deforestation-free palm oil by the end of 2020 and advance respect for human rights across our suppliers’ extended supply chains.
Through simplification and verification – significantly reducing Mars’ palm oil supply chain with the goal of moving from over 1,500 mills to less than 100 by the end of 2020, and further reductions by the end of 2022; collaboration on the ground - working with stakeholders in high-stakes geographies and fragile ecosystems toward successful, sustainable smallholder farming; and acting beyond our direct supply - awarding longer-term contracts to suppliers who commit to transparent supply chains; our ambition is to make long-lasting change for the environment, workers, smallholder farmers and economies where palm oil is sourced.
Built on the foundations of the Mars’ global Human Rights Policy, Deforestation Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct, the Palm Positive Plan is the collective approach to how these policies will be implemented across our palm oil supply chain.