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Mars presents Vision for Change to US and Cote d’Ivoire Governments

During the week of January 23rd, representatives from the Governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire met with officials of the US Department of Labor, the congressional offices of Tom Harkin and Eliot Engel as well as the global cocoa industry for a series of meetings aimed at identifying more innovative and collaborative ways to address the worst forms of child labor in

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US Ambassador Carter Visits Mars CDC at Petit Bondoukou

 

US Ambassador Carter Visits Mars CDC at Petit Bondoukou

U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Philip Carter III paid a special visit to our local cocoa partners on the ground in Petit Bondoukou.  A team of us from Mars Chocolate joined Mr. Carter, his wife and the 3rd Secretary of the Embassy on the visit last week to discuss ways farmers can use

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More Cocoa to be Certified

The folks at The Hershey Company are taking a step in the right direction with their announcement today that they are expanding their cocoa programs.  The company announced that they will be working with The Rainforest Alliance, who is one of Mars Chocolate’s certifying partners as well.

Why is this news important?  Because it means that more farmers will benefit from certification, which will

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Dr. Ray Schnell on Joining Mars as Head of Cacao Plant Science

As a scientist, I’m interested in how new discoveries and knowledge can make life better for people, and this made me jump at the opportunity to join Mars as the new Global Chocolate Director of Cacao Plant science.  One of the pillars of our cocoa sustainability strategy is improved scientific research on the cocoa plant and how it’s cultivated.  With a better understanding of

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Mars Chocolate Announces Fairtrade International Agreement


The following post is authored by Alastair Child, Mars Global Chocolate Cocoa Sustainability Director.

Today’s announcement of Mars Chocolate’s first Fairtrade product marks an important milestone in our mission to deliver better tools and opportunities to farmers so they can grow more productive crops and build vibrant, sustainable livelihoods.

More than two years in the making, our agreement with Fairtrade International is part of

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Mars Featured in IBM’s ‘Wild Ducks’ Film

Mars has partnered with IBM and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the sequencing of the cocoa genome and as a result IBM featured our strong partnership during their 100 year anniversary celebration.

On Thursday, June 16th IBM released a short film directed by an Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim called “Wild Ducks.” Following the theme of making the world a better

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Uncommon collaborations – a view from the Rainforest Alliance conference and Gala

I spent yesterday at the Rainforst Alliance Marketing Sustainability and Certification Workshop in New York and enjoyed their Gala Dinner where Mars was honoured with a Sustainable Standard Setter award by Rainforest Alliance in recognition of commitments and work in sustainability.

Two key themes emerged from the panels and presentations on which our own Global Staff Officer for Plant Science and External Research, Howard

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Cocoa Development Centers in Vietnam – A Mars Signature Program to Support Farmers

Mars senior managers visit a cocoa farm in Vietnam

Hanoi, March 28th 2011: an innovative Public-Private Partnership Vietnam Networking Dinner was announced to support Vietnam in its’ development as a successful cocoa producing country. During a network dinner in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his spouse Maxima, a Letter of Intent was signed for a partnership

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