This week, Barry Parkin accepted a Responsible Business Award on behalf of Mars – the Best Private Company – given to us by the folks at Ethical Corporation. Ethical Corporation provided information on sustainability for NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and service providers as well as to industry. You can read more about the awards, and why Mars was selected, here.
We are particularly gratified about the award because the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative – and the work we are doing around cocoa sustainability – was specifically mentioned as a reason for the award! As a private, family owned business, we have the flexibility and creativity to implement innovative programs that we believe can help lead the sector to a more sustainable future. Mars, Inc. strongly believes in our five major Principles, all of which play an important role in the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative – but it is the principle of Mutuality that helps guide us in putting farmers first.
This is the latest in a series of awards the company has received on sustainability. But for us, the real gratification is in knowing that we are helping create a more productive future for cocoa farmers around the world and a more sustainable sector overall. We thank the folks at Ethical Corporation for acknowledging our efforts, and we look forward to a future where cocoa is secure because it is sustainable.