Soy Sourcing and Deforestation Policy

Mars has pledged to reduce our impact on deforestation. We will endeavor to accomplish this goal by sourcing select raw materials from suppliers meeting strict criteria for responsible land use in their supply chains.

Rising demand for soy, a significant protein source, has led to conversion of natural forests into plantations in some regions. This type of farmland expansion contributes to the loss of carbon-absorbing trees which increases greenhouse gas emissions, upsets biodiversity, and on occasion dislodges native communities.

Land Use Position Statement

Over millennia, farming and herding have transformed up to half of the Earth’s landscape. More efficient large-scale farming has helped drive yield improvements in commodity crops, feed a growing population with rising incomes, and support global trade of agricultural crops. At the same time, agriculture is faced with challenges, including degrading soil quality, fertilizer and pesticide run off, and the effects of climate change. Each year an area the size of Bulgaria is lost to drought and desert. That is enough land to grow 20 million tonnes of grain per year (UNCCD, 2017).

Cocoa and Forest

March 21, 2019

Background

Forests serve as important reservoirs of carbon, and the clearance of primary forest cover causes serious increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Forests also provide habitat for half of all known plant and animal species, regulate local rainfall patterns and provide livelihoods for millions of people in rural communities.

Deforestation Prevention Overview Policy

The world's forests don't just provide us with ingredients for our products — they're basically the lungs of the planet. We know we have not just a big impact on the world, but a responsibility to make sure we do right for the many communities where we work and live. We source many of our key ingredients from tropical countries, and we’ve taken bold action to prevent deforestation and its impact on local communities.