Author Archives: Andrew Pederson

Mars is Named Best Private Company by Ethical Corporation

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

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Rabobank References Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in New Report on Supply Chains

Rabobank – one of the world’s leading sustainable financial institutions, based in the Netherlands – recently published a research report (see a summary at The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch), which identified the flaws in the food and agriculture supply chains, and some recommendations to make the supply chain more effective and sustainable. Currently, companies operate with a linear supply chain, which makes

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Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post

What kind of news brings together the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post?  Our announcement last week that the sector will need to invest in billions of dollars to make it sustainable was featured in both media outlets.  On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal (available here at NASDAQ’s web site) ran a story on the efforts by both Mars Chocolate and The Hershey

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Mars Chocolate’s Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in NCA Journal

Take a few minutes to read this month’s issue of NCA Journal for a piece regarding our Sustainable Cocoa Initiative.  The magazine interviewed Andrew Harner for a comprehensive article on the work we are doing in cocoa sustainability, with a special focus on the Vision for Change program in Côte d’Ivoire.  It was gratifying to discuss with them the importance of the Cocoa Development

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NJBiz sits down with Mars Global Chocolate President Grant Reid

Grant Reid talked with last week with NJBiz reporter Melinda Caliendo about Mars’s vision to purchase all our cocoa from sustainable sources by 2020. Mars Global Chocolate is headquartered in NJ, and it’s great news for the cocoa industry that the New Jersey business community is taking notice of our sustainability efforts.

Melinda’s piece, which you can access here, goes into some detail

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Fairtrade Certified Maltesers® Hit UK Stores

This week Mars Chocolate is finding yet another reason to celebrate during its 75th anniversary. Mars has officially introduced its MALTESERS® made with Fairtrade certified cocoa to the UK market, as part of its ongoing pledge to achieve 100% cocoa sustainability by 2020. MALTESERS® are the first Mars products with Fairtrade certification to hit the shelves.

Mars is proud of the partnership it has

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A Challenge to Reach Millions of Cocoa Farmers

It is a thick, hot winter in Côte d’Ivoire, and the gritty Harmattan winds have settled a Saharan haze over Abidjan.  The exceptionally dry weather has started to harm the cocoa trees, and many are already predicting a smaller harvest later this year.

We have come from a week in Soubré, 5 hours drive or so (depending on the number of potholes you hit)

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Success Alliance for Cocoa in the Philippines

In June I had a wonderful opportunity to see the Success Alliance program in action on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.  The program is run by ACDI/VOCA with the support of USAID and the World Cocoa Foundation, of which Mars is a member.  Broadly, Success Alliance works to enable farmers to create successful businesses around cocoa production, and this can include

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World Cocoa Foundation Partners Meeting in San Francisco

The last two days brought together a huge range of government officials, private companies and civil society groups for the biannual partners meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation in San Francisco.  This meeting focused on emerging cocoa origins, and Asia was a focus for many attendees.  Particularly interesting was a presentation by Swisscontact’s Manfred Boer on their 21 month, $7 million dollar PEKA Project

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