Topics Archives: Sustainability

Returning to Chocovision

In 2012, Barry Parkin, Mars Inc.’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Chairman of the World Cocoa Foundation, spoke at the Chocovision conference about the need for a sector-wide engagement on sustainability.  He will be returning to Chocovision this year, and he offered his reflections of the past two years at their blog:

Two years ago, at the CHOCOVISION conference, I had the opportunity to

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Barry Parkin Named Chairman of World Cocoa Foundation Board of Directors

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has named Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin as its new Board of Directors chairman.   The international membership organization represents more than 100 member companies across the cocoa value chain, all committed to creating a sustainable cocoa economy by putting farmers first.  The group promotes agricultural and environmental stewardship and strengthening development in cocoa-growing communities.

“We are grateful to Barry

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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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Vision For Change Tackles Cocoa Bean Quality

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The Mars/ICRAF Vision For Change project aims to achieve several important goals when it comes to sustainable cocoa.  We are working to not only revitalize cocoa farms around Soubré and across Côte d’Ivoire to enable higher yields, but we’re also working to improve the quality of cocoa being produced.

It’s not enough to simply produce more cocoa – it has to be of a

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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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CAOBISCO Conference: Creating Uncommon Collaborations

Alastair Child speaks at CAOBISCO Panel

The annual CAOBISCO conference held in Brussels earlier this year was another opportunity for the industry and others to come together and share ideas and best practices for sustainability going forward.  I have the opportunity to share the Mars commitment to cocoa farmers, farming communities, and to industry collaboration, along with Kraft Foods, FairTrade, the International Labor Organization, the European Trade Commissioner, and many

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Minister Sangafowa Visits Mars-sponsored Cocoa Development Center in Soubré

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Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Agriculture, M. Mamadou Sangafowa, along with a delegation of nearly 200 government officials traveled to a Mars-sponsored Cocoa Development Center in Soubré last month for a four-day field visit. While he was there, Minister Sangafowa commended V4C’s efforts to help cocoa farmers create sustainable businesses.

Earning Minister Sangafowa’s support represents a tremendous achievement for V4C. It clears the way for

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Mars Talks About Putting Farmers First at Chocovision 2012

Barry Parkin presents at Chocovision

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 and IDH Sign MoU on Cocoa Sustainability Initiative

We’re happy to announce that Mars Chocolate and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, marking a  strategic collaboration between two major frontrunners in the push for meaningful transformation of the cocoa sector.

Mars, along with industry leaders such as Kraft, Nestle, ADM and other partners in the IDH cocoa program are important players and have set ambitious goals for the

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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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