Human rights is as important as climate change to Mars, Inc’s new $1B sustainability plan announced this week, according to Ethical Corporation.
“Most press coverage of the new plan, launched by CEO Grant Reid ahead of the UN General Assembly and Climate Week in New York City, surrounded Mars’ commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050 (compared to 2015), and to eliminate GHG from its 420 sites across the world by 2040, a dramatic increase on its previous commitment, which focused only on its direct operations. In his statement launching the plan, Reid said: ‘The engine of global business – its supply chain – is broken, and requires transformational, cross-industry collaboration to fix it.’ He added: This is a critical moment when business should come together to lead.'”
Marika McCauley Sine, is the human rights director for the family-owned worldwide food corporation. She explained that climate is simply one of three pillars; the other two are equally important– to “meaningfully improve” the working lives of one million people in its supply chain and to help consumers and their pets lead healthier and happier lives.
Sine said in an interview with Ethical Corp that the company has taken three years evaluating its entire value chain and working with the World Resources Institute.