Sustainability has, and always will be, incredibly important to Mars. We know we have a significant footprint – and it’s our duty to make sure we’re using our resources responsibly. Read on to learn about our participation on a panel hosted by the UN Foundation on the private sector’s role to improve sustainable development and the SEEDS OF CHANGE® 2017 grant winners.
Mars Weighs in on Private Sector’s Role in Sustainable Development
At Mars, we know companies play a role in global sustainable development. Barry Parkin, Mars Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer, appeared along with panelists from Harvard and Oxfam America to discuss the role the private sector plays in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The panel, co-hosted by The Brookings Institution and the United Nations Foundation, was based on a recent report, “Better Business, Better World”, released by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission.
During the panel, Parkin explained that sustainability is at the center of Mars’ philosophy and that the recently released report is a good catalyst for change.
“Fundamentally, the report resonated very strongly with us, both at a Principle level and also at a very practical level,” Barry said. “From a Principle level, we trace our (sustainability) origins…back to 1947…when Forrest E. Mars, Sr. wrote a letter to all our Associates, explaining the purpose of the company is to create a mutuality of services and benefits with all stakeholders. From a practical point of view, the Commission's report also makes the case that businesses can definitely drive their top and bottom lines while doing societal good – and find the intersection of those dual purposes without making a tradeoff.”
To see the full video of the panel, click here.