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Mars is on a journey to transform how we source palm oil.
Today palm oil is used in more than half the world’s packaged goods, across both food and personal care items. And, when produced sustainably, palm can deliver value through the entire supply chain. But, the old way of doing things – buying the lowest cost commodities – just won’t do if we are to address and ultimately fix a broken supply chain. As buyers, we have an opportunity to drive social and environmental change that can make things better for people and for the planet that we share.
A new report, commissioned by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), has found that there are risks of forced labor in the palm sector in Indonesia and Malaysia. Through the Consumer Goods Forum’s Palm Oil Taskforce, Mars supported this research, as part of our ongoing commitment to advance respect for human rights.
Our Palm Positive Plan
Our Palm Positive Plan
Palm is one of the most high-yielding and land-efficient crops on the planet. When produced sustainably, palm can deliver value through the entire supply chain.
Setting out these expectations within our direct supply chain are important first steps. But, we aren’t satisfied if our suppliers continue to contribute to deforestation elsewhere in their operations. Aligned with our Palm Positive Plan, we are calling on our palm suppliers to prevent deforestation throughout their entire supply chain as a condition of doing business with Mars. We can’t expect them to flip a switch overnight, but we believe that if enough buyers begin to pressure their suppliers for action, we can reach a tipping point for sector-wide change.
As buyers, we have an opportunity to drive change that can make things better for people and for the planet that we share.
Since 2015 Mars has been on a journey to map our entire palm oil supply chain, achieving approximately 98% traceability to the mill level to date, and publishing our full mill lists since 2018.
Over the past several years, Mars has been on a journey to map our palm oil supply chain. Today, we’ve achieved 98% traceability to the mill level, and since 2018, we have published our full mill lists to show our progress. We had more than 1,500 mills supplying raw material, a number far too complex to manage, especially for a company that uses only 0.1% of the world’s palm oil.