Our path is clear and we are looking forward to another outstanding and principled year in 2016! We continue to strive to be a great place to work for our Associates and are partnering with one of the oldest and most influential organizations in India to address global food security issues. Read on to learn more about how Mars ranked as a Best Manufacturing and Production Company and our MOU with Tata Trusts.
Mars Did It Again!
Mars Makes The List For The 2016 Best Manufacturing & Production Companies
Mars is honored to be named one of the 2016 Best Manufacturing & Production Companies by Great Place to Work® for the second consecutive year. Making the list recognizes the importance we place on providing great career opportunities and the Associates who continue to develop some of the world’s most beloved brands.
“This recognition is a big "thank you" to the thousands of Associates whose passion and dedication make Mars such a wonderful place to work,” said Richard Ware, Vice President, Supply, Research & Development and Procurement. “We invest in our Associates so they can develop long and rewarding careers with us. In return they reward us with their engagement and commitment to making our consumers happy. We’re delighted to have their efforts recognized in this way.”
This recognition from Great Place to Work® takes into consideration the many training and development programs offered to our Associates, as well as a collaborative and caring workplace culture. Survey results show that Associates are proud of their work, have strong leaders to turn to and are provided with the right challenges to develop their career. The fun perks we offer, such as bringing your dog to the office and enrolling in classes at Mars University, further elevate our company as a truly great place to work.
According to the survey, more than 90 percent of Associates in the U.S. think Mars provides good challenges and working atmosphere, great rewards, and great managers, and 96 percent feel great pride in working for Mars.
The Great Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production is a “best of the best” ranking from Great Rated and Great Place to Work. In order to determine the results, more than 34,950 employees in the manufacturing and production sector were randomly selected to complete Great Place to Work’s Trust Index Employee Survey. Employees answered questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, which include workplace safety, employee camaraderie, fair treatment and pride in the work they do.
For more information on the Great Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production rankings, head over to the Great Place to Work site.
Mars Most Improved in the 2016 Access to
The scores are in and Mars has made the worldwide top five in the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) – and we’re among the most improved! The new ranking comes from the second edition of the ATNI scorecard and report, released on January 14.
The index measures companies across seven categories, all of which Mars has improved. Mars’ new position in the “Engagement” category is due in large part to our strides in responsible stakeholder engagement and our commitment to collaboration, while our success in the “Products” category can be attributed to our efforts in nutrient profiling – specifically, the new Mars Nutrition Compass and the Food Nutrition Criteria, as well as our commitments to product reformulation by lowering sodium and trans fats.
The drastic improvement for Mars is a result of the changes spurred by our evaluation of the usefulness of the scorecard. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re excited by the challenge. We will continue to work with our partners to evolve our product portfolio, advance food safety and nutrition research, promote oral health, and support programs that encourage active lifestyles and healthy diets.
Tata Trusts & Mars together address malnutrition,
improve food safety
Malnutrition is a major public health concern in India, particularly among children. According to UNICEF, over a third of the world’s malnourished children live in India, and 46 percent of children under the age of three in the country are too small for their age.
With these sobering truths in mind, Mars has formed a coalition with the Tata Trusts, one of the oldest and most influential philanthropic organizations in India. On January 6, Global President of Mars Food, Drinks & Multisales Fiona Dawson and Mars family member and board member Stephen Badger traveled to Mumbai to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tata Trusts and met with its Chairman, Ratan Tata.
“Today’s MOU with the Tata Trusts is an important step in Mars’ journey to improve nutrition, food safety and sustainability in India,” said Fiona. “The Tata Trusts’ strong commitment to improving the quality of life in India, and the depth and breadth of their expertise, make them a natural partner for Mars.”
Food safety is a top priority for Mars, as evidenced by the 2015 opening of our Global Food Safety Center in China, where we are hard at work researching new and innovative approaches to promote food safety. We will draw on this resource in India as we continue to seek methods to tackle Aflatoxin – a naturally occurring, poisonous chemical that affects raw materials such as the peanut, a key crop in India’s food supply chain.
This new partnership will focus on boosting crop productivity, farm income and the sustainability of key agriculture commodities, as well as improving the availability of safe and affordable raw materials from India. Mars Food, owner of the world’s biggest rice brand, UNCLE BEN’S®, will also conduct joint research with the Tata Trusts on nutritional guidelines designed to help address anemia and other forms of malnutrition.
Having invested in India for over 20 years, Mars has a strong existing presence in the country. Between our Petcare, Wrigley and Chocolate manufacturing facilities, Mars employs more than 1,000 Associates in India. Partnering with the Tata Trusts further underscores Mars’ commitment to growth and sustainable development in the region, and to food safety on a global scale.