Author Archives: Barry Parkin

Mars Chocolate Signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

This week, Mars Chocolate fulfilled the pledge we made in March to sign the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.  Signing these principles is one significant step in the plan of action we developed to help empower women in cocoa growing communities around the world.

We are pleased to join other corporate leaders in signing a statement of support for the UN Women Empowerment

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Mondelez International Makes Significant Commitment to Cocoa Sustainability

Last week while at the World Cocoa Conference in Abidjan, we were pleased to hear that Mondelez International will be committing US $400 million to cocoa sustainability over the next 10 years, of which US $100 million will be invested in Côte d’Ivoire.

After hearing Tim Cofer’s remarks at the conference as well, we welcome this move, as it will take everyone in the

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Two Years of Progress in Petit Bondoukou

Traveling to cocoa growing communities around the world has long been an important part of my job, and though it involves a lot of time in airplanes throughout the year, there’s just no substitute for seeing our projects in person and meeting the people involved.

On Sunday, November 18, I met with the chief and other leaders of Petit Bondoukou, one of the first

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Mars Talks About Putting Farmers First at Chocovision 2012

I’ve just returned from Davos, Switzerland, where I presented at the Chocovision 2012 conference.  The conference brings together senior business leaders and key stakeholders in the cocoa and chocolate industry to discuss the future of the sector.  The theme for the event was “Balance the Challenge – From cocoa to chocolate – strategy, sustainability and success,” a topic about which we at Mars Chocolate

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Mars Chocolate Goes to Harvard Business School to Discuss Cocoa Sustainability

On Sunday, February 26th, I participated in a panel on sustainable sourcing at Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Social Enterprise 2012 conference. Moderated by HBS professor Christopher Marquis, other participants in the discussion included Justin Bakule of Foundation Strategy Group, Pacita Juan of EchoStore, and Chuck Rubin of CommonSoles.

This was a chance to talk about both the business

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