Mars. Inc. Supports Global Efforts to Reduce Plastic Waste With New UN Global Compact

Mars, Inc, one of the world’s largest food producers, actively participated in the third session of the United Nations negotiations on the global treatment of plastics.

This enabled the company to contribute to the creation of the world’s first legally binding treaty to eliminate plastic pollution and accelerate the achievement of its sustainability goals. Among the participants in the session were hundreds of world leaders and NGOs who supported the united approach to achieve a greener and more sustainable economy.

“We envision a world where no packaging becomes waste. Today, we are building momentum to create this future reality through collaboration and advocacy,” said Allison Lin, Global Vice President of Packaging Sustainability at MARS, Inc. “A global treaty on plastic pollution will accelerate action across the world to advance reuse and circularity solutions and reduce plastic waste. We support a global treaty because we believe that it will spur the creation of much needed infrastructure and create greater harmonization and efficiency around the world for all companies to better design and deliver sustainable packaging solutions.”

The UN Global Plastic Treaty is the most important environmental pact since the Paris Agreement. This treaty will help tackle plastic pollution worldwide by facilitating waste management and recycling in different countries. Dealing with plastic waste is a complex problem that requires united efforts and concrete regulatory solutions from businesses, governments and NGOs. It will also contribute to the introduction of efficient packaging innovations that meet the requirements of different geographical areas.

Today, Mars, Inc. stands out as one of the few companies (making up just 20% of the world’s total plastic packaging producers) to support the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s and the United Nations’ Global Commitment, which includes ambitious targets to reduce plastic waste by 2025. Recognizing the imperative to address this issue, the company is actively engaged in shaping a circular economy in which packaging materials are recycled, reused or composted. Committed to achieving 100% compliance with circular economy principles in all aspects of its packaging, the company is saving 480 tonnes of plastic per year in Europe only with sustainable packaging changes for its leading pet products.

Mars, Inc. continues its journey toward creating a healthy planet where all can thrive by taking immediate and concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all of its business segments, from the farms where food is grown for people and pets to the veterinary clinics that care for our pets. These actions are part of the company’s Net Zero Roadmap, a strict action plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain by 2050. Mars, Inc. has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms by 8%, or 2.6 million metric tons, from a 2015 baseline, while expanding its business by 60%. And over the next three years, the company plans to invest more than $1 billion and continue to allocate financial resources as needed to achieve the net-zero emissions goal.