Activities and achievements of 2016

Mars and TFT set out to build the foundational work in 2016 – Transparency. To begin, nearly all direct-suppliers were engaged to share the policy, expectations and key next steps, through group supplier events, as well as one-on-one conversations. As a follow-up, attendees were asked to sign a Sustainable Sourcing Charter, which means they commit to put in place plans to meet the Charter by mid-2017, and to achieve full compliance by 2020.

TFT & Mars have then set out to map Mars’ supply chain, tracing the 2015 purchased materials all the way back to the country of harvest. This is done by sending “traceability declaration documents” (TDDs) to all tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers, collecting, processing and analyzing the data enclosed. The objective is to have a complete picture of the different players within Mars’ supply chain and where the fiber originates from.

Last but not least, Mars has begun building its internal capacity, by training buyers directly involved as supplier relationship holders. They are at the front lines of driving Mars’ values and outlined commitments through the supply chain and it is thus important for them to build an understanding of the policy to infuse its elements in their day to day.

By the end of 2016, we achieved the following results:

  • Directly engaged over 150 tier 1 suppliers, representing 100% of pulp and paper volumes, to share policy expectations and next steps
  • Sustainable Sourcing Charters were signed by 82% % of tier 1 suppliers worldwide
  • 97% of volume traced back to the paper mill and 94% to the country of harvest.