By Poul Weihrauch, Global President Mars Petcare
As a pet care business, we’re committed to driving positive change for people, pets, and our planet. To achieve this, we are rethinking where and how we buy our raw materials. While we source only a very small amount of fish ingredients for some of our pet food recipes, we are committed to our Sustainable in a Generation plan and part of that is helping to drive sustainable fishing.
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.
As buyers, we have an opportunity to drive change that can make things better for people and for the planet that we share.
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.