Topics Archives: cocoa sustainability

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

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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

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Introducing new member to the sustainability communications team – Christopher Davault

Happy Valentine’s Day to cocoa lovers everywhere!

As a newer member of the cocoa sustainability team handling communications, I wanted to introduce myself.  My name is Christopher Davault, and I am the Global Manager for Cocoa Sustainability and Leadership Communications at Mars Global Chocolate. I lead both internal and external global communication initiatives for the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative and am the point person for

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Cocoa Sustainability Discussed at the UN Global Compact’s Leaders Summit

A few weeks ago, Barry Parkin spoke at the UN Global Compact’s Leaders Summit in New York City.  The triennial summit brings together high‐level ministers from different countries, CEOs, and executives from civil society. This year, the theme was Architects of A Better World and it focused on engaging the business world with the agenda of the United Nations.

In addition to discussing cocoa

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Candy & Snack Today looks at Cocoa Sustainability Initiatives

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In case you missed it, Candy & Snack Today’s July/August issue featured a long special report on cocoa sustainability initiatives across the sector.  Along with other industry efforts, Mars’ Sustainable Cocoa Initiative was mentioned quite prominently.  Quoted in the piece was Andrew Harner, Global Cocoa Vice President, who summed up the challenges by saying, “we know that demand for cocoa has gone up by

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Genetic Diversity and Cocoa Research in Trinidad

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Mars Chocolate, World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the University of Reading recently concluded a rewarding research review trip to the Cocoa Research Unit of University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

Trinidad, once the third largest cocoa producing country in the world, is now a smaller cocoa producer. The island is home to the International Cocoa Genebank (ICG,T), a living collection of almost 3,000

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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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Mars Global Chocolate and Le Conseil du Café et Cacao Sign MoU on Cocoa Sustainability Initiative

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Mars Chocolate and Le Conseil du Café et Cacao recently signed a Letter of Agreement (LOI) in Cote d’Ivoire that will directly benefit many communities that depend on cocoa for their livelihoods, through co-investment from Mars and Conseil Café Cacao in education, health, water, and protective environments for children, and through the development of a partnership platform approach that will, we hope, be attractive

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Mars Indonesia and IDH Sign MoU on Cocoa Sustainability Initiative

Mars Chocolate and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Indonesia to enhance the quality and reach of its cocoa sustainability initiative.

Mars has served as one of the founding members of the Cocoa Sustainability partnership, which was established in 2005. With collaboration from key industry leaders such as Swisscontact, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, University Hassanudin and others, Mars

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The Hershey Company Pledges to Source 100% Certified Sustainable Cocoa

Congratulations to The Hershey Company, which announced this week it too will source 100 percent certified cocoa for its global chocolate product lines by 2020. It is gratifying to see more and more stakeholders recognizing the importance of certification to creating a sustainable future for chocolate. The more commitments from companies like Mars Chocolate and Hershey, among others to adopt certification protocols, the

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