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Congratulations to Kailash Satyarthi, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visits a CDC in February 2013

The Vision for Change (V4C) team joins the rest of the world in congratulating Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, who was recently declared a co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, for this great lifetime achievement.

It was with great and pleasant surprise we heard that the pro-children’s education activist was announced the 2014 Nobel Laureate.  In February 2013, Kailash visited cocoa farming communities in Soubré, … Read more

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Mars Chocolate to Donate $100,000 As Part of Industry Effort to Help Fight Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Mars Chocolate announced today that it is donating $100,000 as part of an industry-wide effort to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is organizing an effort among cocoa and chocolate companies who are interested in providing medical and humanitarian aid to those countries impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak.

“As an industry, we care very deeply about the … Read more

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Our Principles in Action

Last week, Mars issued our Principles in Action report for 2013.  For generations, our company and our Associates have been guided by our Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom.  We’re proud that we have been able to use those principles to promote sustainability and to put farmers first.

If you haven’t yet done so, take a few minutes to read the updates … Read more

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Mars Chocolate’s Plan to Empower Women in Cocoa Communities

Last December, Mars Chocolate released an expert third party assessment of gender and women’s empowerment within the western region of Côte d’Ivoire where we are pursuing a large cocoa development program.  As we noted then, we developed a gender outreach plan and are beginning implementation of the recommendations this year.  We look forward to reporting on our progress.

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Returning to Chocovision

In 2012, Barry Parkin, Mars Inc.’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Chairman of the World Cocoa Foundation, spoke at the Chocovision conference about the need for a sector-wide engagement on sustainability.  He will be returning to Chocovision this year, and he offered his reflections of the past two years at their blog:

Two years ago, at the CHOCOVISION conference, I had the opportunity to talk

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VIDEO: Mars Global Chocolate Supports CocoaAction

See senior Mars associates discuss why we are supporting the CocoaAction strategy in this new video:


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An important moment for the cocoa industry at Petit Bondoukou

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Holding my camera by the side road and shooting videos of the arrival at the stop of Petit Bondoukou of the cars of from the Cocoa Action delegation, I told to myself that I am a real privileged guy in being a part of this important cocoa industry event being held in Côte d’Ivoire. Wow, all the “big names” of the cocoa Industry (chocolate manufacturers) … Read more

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Mars Chocolate Supports World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction Strategy Supporting African Farmers

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Mars Chocolate supports the cocoa sector’s most ambitious and comprehensive plan to work together to rejuvenate and sustain the cocoa economy, the company announced today. Called “CocoaAction” and created under the auspices of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the strategy is focused on specific, collaborative measures to increase productivity and support community development for no fewer than 300,000 West African farmers by 2020. To accomplish … Read more

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Barry Parkin Named Chairman of World Cocoa Foundation Board of Directors

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has named Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin as its new Board of Directors chairman.   The international membership organization represents more than 100 member companies across the cocoa value chain, all committed to creating a sustainable cocoa economy by putting farmers first.  The group promotes agricultural and environmental stewardship and strengthening development in cocoa-growing communities.

“We are grateful to Barry Parkin … Read more

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ICYMI: Mars mentioned in the Financial Times

A few weeks ago, Mark Kramer of FSG mentioned Mars’s work in an opinion column he wrote for the Financial Times.  The column focuses on creating shared value between businesses and societies, and how business schools should work with MBA students to develop that focus. It mentions Mars’s work in cocoa sustainability as one example:

“Mars is helping to lead a public-private coalition to … Read more

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