Mars Update On Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing – September 2014
Mars Principles in Action Summary – March 2015
What we do
About this member
Mars became a TFT member in 2014 and published an updated commitment to help build a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain. Simultaneously, it announced a new deforestation policy which, in addition to palm oil, focuses on beef, soy, and pulp and paper, which have the greatest impacts on forests.
TFT is helping Mars to build transparency in its palm oil supply chain and is supporting suppliers to understand and adhere to its policy.
TFT and Mars work hand-in-hand with suppliers in mills and plantations to implement the palm oil policy. Suppliers will be supported to understand the requirements of the policy and ensure that their supply, including that from smallholders, is from responsible sources that meet Mars’ palm oil sourcing charter.
How we work with Mars on palm oil
In 2014, Mars and TFT met with all Mars’ palm oil suppliers to ensure they are aware of and fully understand Mars palm oil sourcing policy. Further engagement was conducted in 2015 to ensure their transparency commitment as well as working towards transformation of the supply chain.
Mars and TFT are working together with Mars’ palm oil suppliers to trace palm oil supplies back to mills. Mill traceability information from 2014 was used to identify high priority regions in Malaysia supply chain and plan field visits in 2015.
As of October 2015, 86% of palm and palm kernel oil was traceable to mill. The mills identified so far are in the following countries: Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, Peru and the Soloman Islands.
In 2015 Mars focused also on providing support to suppliers to perform field visits at five mills and its suppliers to gain greater traceability to the plantations they source from so as to support improvement of practices on the ground.
The aim of the field visits is to engage with suppliers on th ground in order to raise awareness of the palm oil policies and to work hand in hand with the suppliers to improve practices.
How we work with mars on pulp and paper
In December 2014, Mars introduced a Pulp and Paper-based Materials Sourcing and Deforestation Policy, to support their broader Deforestation Policy introduced in March of that year. Ensuring pulp and paper materials are purchased from responsibly managed sources was selected as a priority for preventing deforestation and rights abuses. To implement these ambitions, Mars partnered with TFT by becoming a pulp & paper Member in December 2015.
The policy focuses on packaging, as this accounts for about 80% of all pulp and paper used by the company worldwide. The goal is to create a sustainable supply chain for all pulp and paper packaging, starting with the following commitments:
- 100% of virgin pulp and paper packaging traceable to at least country of origin by end 2016
- 100% of pulp and paper packaging from certified, verified or recycled sources by end 2020
- Develop a further target, prioritizing high deforestation risk areas, once we have full supply chain traceability.
Mars and TFT will engage prioritized suppliers to develop a plan by mid-2017 to ensure compliance with the policy, and resolve any gaps identified. From 2020 onward, Mars will only work with suppliers that share these values and comply with its Charter in full..