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Since 2015, the company has reduced its value chain emissions by more than 7%, despite growing the business

Mars targets net-zero value chain by 2050

Mars Incorporated has committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its full value chain by 2050, building on an existing commitment to reach net-zero across operations by 2040.

Mars' overarching long-term target is to end unsustainable water use in operations and the supply chain

Mars targets 'water balance' at manufacturing plants facing water stress

FMCG giant Mars has committed to achieving 'water balance' at five manufacturing sites in water-stressed areas by 2025 - a term meaning that, for every litre of water used, at least one litre is treated and reused.

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Maltesers ditches black plastic liners from boxes

Mars Wrigley-owned brand Maltesers has removed the black polyethylene (PE) liner from its boxes, meaning the packaging is now recyclable.

Pictured: The in-store collection boxes at Pets at Home (left) and Wilko (right)

Pets at Home launches packaging recycling scheme as Wilko extends face mask collections

Retailer Pets at Home has introduced in-store recycling points for flexible pet food packaging at 40 stores, while Wilko has confirmed that its in-store face mask recycling points will remain in place.

Each company is progressing towards ambitious climate targets

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox unveil major renewables milestones

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox have all unveiled plans to add more renewables to their electricity mix, with Diageo planning for an onsite solar farm in Scotland.

#SustyTalk: Exploring coral reef restoration with marine biologist Dr Tim Gordon

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Mars Petcare's marine science officer Dr Tim Gordon.

Image: Sheba/TheNature Conservancy 

'World's largest' coral reef restoration project backed by Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare brand Sheba has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to deliver what it claims is the world's largest coral restoration programme, covering more than 185,000 square metres.

Mars is currently engaging its largest 200 suppliers to decarbonise

Mars and PepsiCo launch new supply chain climate programme

Food and beverage giants Mars, PepsiCo and McCormick have teamed up to launch a new coalition aimed at encouraging suppliers to reduce carbon emissions in alignment with climate science.

Image: Mars Petcare and Futerra

Mars Petcare debuts insect-based cat food and packaging with less plastic

Mars Petcare has announced plans to launch what it claims is the UK's first fully insect-based cat food, after releasing new packaging formats that contain less plastic.

How can businesses help women reach their full potential?

International Women's Day is themed Choose to Challenge, because with challenge comes change. If we don't challenge our systems, biases, and barriers, we won't make progress on gender equality.

Pictured: Fresh cocoa fruit. Stock image. 

NestlĂ© and Mondelēz among chocolate giants facing child slavery lawsuit over supply chain practices

A human rights firm has filed a lawsuit against major chocolate companies Nestlé, Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Mars, Olam, Hershey and Mondelēz, following allegations of child slave labour in their cocoa supply chains.

Wylie's career with Mars spanned more than a decade

Kate Wylie to step down as Mars' global sustainability lead for new role at Chanel

Kate Wylie has confirmed plans to step down as Mars' global vice-president for sustainability after more than 10 years at the food and beverage giant. She has been named as luxury fashion house Chanel's next global chief sustainability officer.

Aldi's plastic-free packaging and Portugal's coal phase-out: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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Huggies launches biodegradable baby wipes in step towards plastic-free goal

Kimberly-Clark owned brand Huggies has launched its first biodegradable product - baby wipes which break down in landfill conditions within 15 days.

Plastic promises and the crisis of corporate accountability

The top 10 plastic polluters that we analysed have a joint plastic footprint of almost 10 million tonnes a year - the equivalent of 30-times the weight of the Empire State Building. Last week we sent them open letters asking them to publicly support legislation and finally take meaningful action to tackle the plastic crisis they are complicit in creating.

The network will be overseen by the Company Shop Group, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus stock

Food and retail giants to collaborate on government-backed scheme to reduce food waste

Some of the UK's largest retailers and food manufacturers, including Unilever, M&S, Nestlé and Amazon are collaborating to deliver a new network of "food waste champions" to help reduce the amount of food waste produced by the sectors.

Mars is also taking steps to improve human rights across the palm oil supply chain

Mars achieves deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil

Mars has confirmed it is now operating with a deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil, following a year-long process to streamline the number of mills that it sources from.

With rates of forest loss accelerating, the private sector is under increasing pressure to increase ambition and action on forest protection 

Consumer goods giants worth $1.8trn team up to tackle deforestation

Nestle, Mars and Unilever are among the 17 multinational consumer goods firms leading a new corporate coalition dedicated to tackling deforestation, forest degradation and land conversion in supply chains.

In 2010 companies such as Mars, Hershey, Nestle and Cargill pledged to reduce the worst forms of child labour in their West African supply chains by 70% by 2020

Child labour on the rise in cocoa supply chains

Cases of child labour occurring in the cocoa supply chain are rumoured to have increased by 2% to more than two million children, according to a draft US Government report, while big businesses in the sector have been ranked on approaches to supply chain engagement.

This 80-minute episode offers up four exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: An International Women's Day 2020 special

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast returns for an 82nd episode and, to mark International Women's Day (IWD) 2020, features exclusive interviews with the women leading the drive to decarbonise the built environment, achieve gender equality in engineering and eliminate ocean plastic pollution.

This episode features five exclusive interviews with sustainability leaders

Sustainable Business Covered: Igniting a decade of climate action at the Leaders Forum (Part Two)

The second part of this podcast special is brought to you live from our Sustainability Leaders Forum, where edie asks leading sustainability experts from Mars, British American Tobacco, the Fairtrade Foundation, Futerra and Hilton how will business leadership be redefined during a decade of deliverance?

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America's Pledge and Europe's Green Deal: What happened on days 8 & 9 of COP25?

COP25 - the UN's annual two-week-long climate summit - has entered its second week in Madrid. Here, edie rounds up all the key news and views from the last few days of the event.

Mars’s circular packaging plan includes a goal for 100% of its plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, while Nestlé is part of the UK Plastics Pact pledge

Mars and Nestle spearhead chemicals recycling scheme for plastics

Mars and Nestlé have teamed up with packaging solutions firm Citeo, energy giant Total and recycling technology provider Recycling Technologies to develop an industrial chemical recycling process for plastic packaging in France.

The plant-based Rebel Whopper contains 408 calories, while the beef version comes in at 460. Image: Burger King 

Burger King rolls out meat-free Whopper as Mars debuts vegan chocolate

Burger King has begun offering a meat-free version of its Whopper across 25 European markets, in the same week that Mars has unveiled vegan Galaxy-brand chocolate.

Ashley's first role in the field was an energy internship at the UK Government's now-abolished Department of Energy and Climate Change

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Ashley O'Neill, Hilton

This series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Ashley O'Neill, senior energy and compliance manager at Hilton.

Research suggests that the SDGs may not be achieved until 2073

Business Avengers: Corporate giants assemble to deliver SDGs

A new "Business Avengers" coalition of 17 global corporates - including Unilever, Nike and Google - worth more than $500bn in revenue has been launched to make 2020 a year of activism to highlight how businesses can amplify actions to help hit the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mars has invested almost $1bn in a string of measures aimed at transforming its approach to corporate sustainability

Mars launches new climate action initiative, commits to 1.5C science-based targets

Mars has committed to set science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement's more ambitious 1.5C trajectory, as part of a new initiative aimed at driving climate action among its staff, suppliers and consumers.

edie speaks to some business leaders across key sectors faced with looming climate threats

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Climate tipping points with Mars, ING, UPS and The Carbon Trust

Episode 62 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees Matt and Sarah deliver interviews outlining how big-name companies in key sectors facing a climate tipping point are radically decarbonising their business to help spur climate action and transition to the low-carbon economy.

World Water Day 2019: The supply chain has a huge role to play

Today marks the United Nation's (UN) World Water Day, an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important role each of us can play in protecting our global water supply - for ourselves and future generations.

The latest iteration of the annual report ranks 150 global companies across four key animal ethics areas. Image: Sam Frost/WSPA

Report: British firms leading animal welfare practices, but laggards remain

Some of the UK's largest food firms, including Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Cranswick, have been named as the corporate leaders on animal welfare issues in a new report which names the likes of Mars, Subway and Starbucks as laggards in this space.


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