Building a culture that helps our Associates (employees) thrive is a priority for Mars. We’re happy to announce that Mars has been named one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work in 2016, and introduce our new Mars Wrigley Confectionery segment.
Mars Rises to #12 on Great Places to Work’s 2016 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces
For the sixth year in a row, Mars, Incorporated has been included on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list put out by the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW). Mars moved up eight spots to #12 on this year’s list of the top 25 global companies to work for, which was published and spotlighted on Fortune.
“Our people and our unique culture are the true key to our success. Around the world, our Associates have the opportunity to make a difference professionally and personally, including contributing to the communities where we live and work. It is a true honor to be part of this list and we should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Eric Minvielle, Vice President of People and Organization at Mars.
Mars is being recognized for many attributes including training and development programs, Associate and community programs such as Mars Ambassador Program and Mars Volunteer Program, and the pride Associates take in their work.
In 2016, Mars was also named on 20 national workplace ranking and GPTW lists in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greater China, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Central America/Caribbean region.
Introducing Mars Wrigley Confectionery
In October, Mars, Incorporated announced the intent to combine the Chocolate and Wrigley segments to create Mars Wrigley Confectionery. This combination will help deliver greater value and enable the segment to address trends and insights holistically in what is increasingly seen as one global confectionery category. Mars Wrigley Confectionery is just one of Mars’ diverse global businesses, which also include Petcare, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.
Martin Radvan, current Global President of Wrigley and a 30-year veteran of Mars, Incorporated, will lead the new Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Commenting on the proposed combination, Radvan stated: “Mars Wrigley Confectionery brings together two great businesses, strengthening our ability to create win-win relationships with our customers and improving our opportunities to address dynamic retail and trends together.”
The Mars Wrigley Confectionery business will have approximately 30,000 Associates operating in about 70 countries. The global hub for the new Mars Wrigley Confectionery will be in Chicago, Illinois.
Mars Supports FDA’s Draft Voluntary Sodium Guidance
Mars submitted public comments supporting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for releasing its draft voluntary guidelines on sodium reduction. Mars has long supported reasonable and voluntary category specific sodium reduction targets that can be phased in over time.
According to the Institute of Medicine, high sodium intake is a known risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. And still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90 percent of American adults exceed their recommendation for sodium intake. At Mars, we also believe excess sodium in the diet poses a significant health risk, and as a global food company, we are committed to working with health regulators and governments to help people reduce their sodium intake.
As a member of the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI), a partnership of more than 95 cities, states, and national health organizations, Mars Food agreed to voluntarily reduce sodium in products by 25 percent over five years. We achieved our goal ahead of schedule – reducing sodium in Mars Food products by 25 percent between 2007 and 2012. This year, Mars Food announced that we will further reduce sodium by an average of 20 percent across our Mars Food portfolio by 2021.
FDA’s release of draft sodium reduction targets helps us further support healthier options for consumers and promotes additional participation by all food manufacturers. “We hope that FDA will consider Mars a resource as it considers the appropriate means to reduce sodium consumption in the average American diet and works to finalize this guidance,” said Caroline Sherman, Mars Food North America Vice President of Corporate Affairs.