Chocolate Giant To Spend $1B Fighting Climate Change

Business Insider reports:

Chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change. The $35 billion food giant behind brands like M&Ms, Skittles, and Twix on Wednesday launched its “Sustainability in a Generation” plan, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and supply chain by more than 60% by 2050.

Barry Parkin, Mars’ chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider: “We’ve been increasingly worried about overall progress on the big issues, whether that’s climate change or solving poverty. “There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don’t think we’re getting there fast enough collectively. We’re trying to go all in here.”

  • bkmn

    They should form an alliance with big coffee – that would be some real political muscle

    • johncAtl

      They actually are pretty big in coffee, but they mostly sell to the corporate market. I have one of their Flavia brewers and the coffee it produces is much better than Keurig.

  • Tatonka

    I have decided it is my civic duty to eat a Snicker’s bar today.

    • clay

      I saw a bunch in the corner shop with “Spunky” labels, instead. I just had to buy a half dozen and throw them in the frig for “a rainy day”.

      • pj

        good planning. its the healthy choice.

    • ranchdad

      Thank you! I work for MARs.. they don’t answer to shareholders and they have an actual community sense about what they do.

      • Dick B

        Thank you! I noticed MARs contributions to Colonial Williamsburg on my many visits. Outstanding. As are their CW chocolates.

        Now, where did I put that Snickers bar?

      • David Walker

        Hershey is the next town to the east. Knowing the demographic of that unincorporated practically gated community, I would not be surprised if they exploited this bigly and boast about not doing squat. Mr. Hershey himself said that the best advertisement for his candy bar was an empty one on the ground. Loved litter, apparently.

      • Jay George

        Is it true Mars conducts animal testing or is that just another weird internet rumor? Thanks for the input. 🙂

        • ranchdad

          I’m not aware of any animal testing that goes on and considering that MARs owns several large pet food companies like IAMs, Eukanuba, Pedigree, Royal Canine and thousands of Vet hospitals (Banfield, Blue Pearl, and now VCA), I would hope that shows their care for animals and pets.

          • Jay George

            Thank and sorry for the late reply. My computer died. Mars does look like one of the more decent companies. So glad I can buy their chocolate unlike Nestle’s.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Ha Ha the Goobers love all that shit. They will be contributing to what they call a hoax.
    Lol. Boycott = impossible.

    • Todd20036

      A boycott of that will be successful as their Disney boycott.

  • Jonathan Smith

    so, they will stop using kids to harvest chocolate?

    • Tawreos

      Let’s not get carried away, they care about climate change affecting their customers, not their labor force

      • Todd20036

        So? That’s the same reason why businesses embraced LBGT rights.
        But it still helps us.

      • clay

        They care about climate change eliminating the climate necessary for their material supply, not their market. They care about poverty and climate change driving people to convert what arable land still exists to growing basic foods, not luxury goods for export.

    • Todd20036

      Chocolate bars are made from children?
      MMmmmmm…. children….

  • Todd20036

    Fucking sad that a chocolate company is more earth friendly than our fucking worthless Nazi president

    • 2patricius2

      I have been hearing for some time about the danger of the disappearance of chocolate, due to climate change in the parts of the world where it is grown.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT- LOL is she awesome or what ?

    https://twitter.com/cher/status/905116735216517120

  • m_lp_ql_m

    OMG, a chocolate giant Mars!!! The only thing better would be a caramel giant Jupiter!

    • ranchdad

      I’d be happy with a giant cheese moon myself.

      • clay

        cream and milk products ARE at historically low prices . . .

        • Gretchen

          That egg shortage must be over too. I saw a 60 count carton for $2.68 when I was doing the monthly online shop at Wal-Mart (forgive me, liberal brethren).

  • danolgb

    Used to work for them. Kind of sad I’m not any longer. There’s a different culture working for a privately-owned company. Also, the office cats were fun.

    • ranchdad

      I’m working for them.. dogs too. 🙂

      • danolgb

        I worked at Kal Kan in Los Angeles. We were in an old cold storage and they had installed computer room floors throughout the office area. One of the challenges was making sure we knew where Snickers and PB Max were when the floor was opened up because they liked to go exploring.

  • TK

    “We’ve been increasingly worried about overall progress on the big issues, whether that’s climate change or solving poverty.”

    But fuck that whole obesity issue.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fee569317cd155ba52f484ab58e5300ebd4d605d94910e3f1b8fce4ea7925942.gif

    • Jonathan Smith
      • Todd20036

        What? Is that someone with some sort of disability?

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      • Statistics Palin

        What a tragedy!

      • Frommer_Gast

        Please! Don´t make fun of a sick kid!!!

        • JCF

          ITA. That child has some sort serious physical or psychological problem (or both).

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I thought JMG posters loved bears?

      • Jonathan Smith
        • boatboy_srq

          Both look wonderfully chewy.

        • Todd20036

          Bears used to be built men with body hair and/or facial hair.
          Now, many obese people try to classify themselves as “bears”.
          Not the same thing.

          • boatboy_srq

            There are days I’m convinced that the US bear aesthetic is 50% overweight, hasn’t shaved in a month, hasn’t bathed in a week.

          • Salton

            Yuck!

          • Gerry Fisher

            Prejudiced much?

          • boatboy_srq

            Against poor personal hygiene, and against people who think lower BMIs are unattractive to the point of shunning? You bet.

            I’ve spent too many evenings getting deliberately ignored at the Lone Star, XXL, and at 495Bears/DIK bear events to be especially impressed.

          • Reality.Bites

            I disagree they had to be built, or the term muscle bear wouldn’t need to exist.

            Ultimately it’s in the eye of the beholder. My boyfriend got called a daddy a couple of months ago and was quite upset. He’s mid-20s.

          • itsnwman

            The term muscle bear is a response to the trend of all “heavy” guys calling themselves “bears.”

          • Gerry Fisher

            Ohhhhhhh, you wandered into the deadly “what is a bear?” conversation. Good luck!

          • gothambear

            Well that’s final cuz you said so! Lots of judgmental comments on here today. Disappointing.

      • cheakamus

        When it comes to making a virtue of morbid obesity, I just feel sad for our tribe — the health consequences are horrifying.

        • Reality.Bites

          I think for the most part bears haven’t made any more of a choice to be overweight than anyone else has. They’ve made a choice to accept it and somewhat to fetishize it, but I think that’s a choice between being fat and happy rather than fat and sad.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Miji

      I’m still opposed to the blue ones. I eat them first so I don’t have to look at them.

      • JCF

        I love to eat them in two color combinations (except brown. I’m not fond of red—even if they are now safe!—either). But blue-orange, green-yellow, blue-yellow, blue-green, orange-yellow? All good!

    • Yellow ones, man. Because they remind me of Bumblebee from Transformers so they are sweeter.

  • Treant

    Mars: “Because climate change seriously impacts cocoa plant production, and because we like the name of our company but don’t want to have to move to fucking Mars.”

    • danolgb

      Mars is also the name of the family that owns the company.

      • CanuckDon

        It’s kinda confusing because it doesn’t look like they have Mars bars which are a bit similar to Snickers without the almonds. They’re big in Canada. They’re totally peanut-free too.

        • danolgb

          Here the Mars Bars used to be what is now the Snickers with Almonds. I did have a Mars Bar manufactured for export fresh off the line in a Las Vegas plant. It was quite tasty. We also don’t have a Malteasers here because of some legal thing with Whoppers.

        • Shy Guy

          Your Snickers have almonds? Ours have peanuts (and used to be called Marathon), and we have Mars Bars. When I was in Canada they had a bar called a “Milky Way”, which was nothing like our (light frothy) Milky Way, and seemed in fact to be a Mars Bar by a different name.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way_(chocolate_bar)

          This suggests that Canada now has Mars Bars.

        • FAEN

          Whenever friends or family make their way through London to get here I make sure they get me some baby Mars bars lol. They take me back to my youth and they are delicious 😋.

    • Beagle

      In today’s environment, enlightened self-interest is better than nothing.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m more interested in who among the executives within the company that donated to the shit gibbon and the GOP. Why not use those money to add in that billion dollar pot if their intention is to preserve the environment.

  • Tom Mears

    “we’ve been increasingly worried about overall progress on the big issues…” like all those thousands or acres of cocoa plantations that will become non-productive when tropical weather patterns change and how much it will cost to replant them in another country.

    • Gustav2

      And they will have to cut down more rain forest, drain swampland ecosystems to make new plantations.

    • another_steve

      Astute comment, Tom.

      Economic self-interest. Global warming will cut into their profits.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Step 1: Bring your own bag to buy M&Ms.

    • Karl Dubhe

      You’re quite right. There’s a bulk food section at the market. I’ll never buy packaged again, unless the difference in price is outrageous.

      Skim milk was 8$ for a kilo, or 2.50/100 grams. 8$ vs 25$, hmmmm.

      • (((GC)))

        If you can use the whole kilo while it’s fresh…

        • Karl Dubhe

          Fresh milk’s even cheaper, but I used the powdered to bake my bread. 🙂

  • jimbo65

    O/T watching the view. God so that’s what it’s like to sell your soul and be a Christian hypocrite. Meaning Huckleberry Sanders

  • John Ruff

    Can you say profiteering?

  • FAEN

    As I enjoy a mini British Mars bar. Yum.

  • Max_1
    • Mickey Bitsko

      Isn’t that South Park’s Towelie’s kinky sister, Tampaxy?

  • Salton

    I wonder how much money they contributed to Trump’s campaign?

  • Tomcat

    Thank you for your contribution to the future of the world.
    I will not bash you for any stand you have taken previously.
    I reserve the right however to turn on your company in future if you elect a different CEO and change your minds again.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Good on them, of course the cynic in me points out that issue with growing chocolate. It needs to be done in the right sort of climate. It’s in their interest not to want change; as it is in the interest of all of us.

    So, is that really cynical? Not all self-interest is bad.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      Chocolate climate change is a Chinese hoax! /s

    • canoebum

      After the political disaster in Venezuela is over and democracy is restored, look to them to become a major chocolate producer. Right now, they’re basically out of the market.

  • Tomcat

    Stop going after companies that are willing to try and help things, for any reason, there are plenty of those that refuse to do anything for us to go after.
    Pick your battles and do not waste time bashing those that are willing to help.

    • canoebum

      I have to agree. Even if the motive is for the company’s own prosperity going forward, a move in the right direction is a move in the right direction. A company the size of Mars making positive change helps a lot of people move with them.

  • Maybe it would help more if they tried getting politicians elected who understand what it actually is and that its real, and worked against other corporate lobbyists. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b21d9dd8354a8ba6584a442fd07faa8990b902fad189dcc2ce8c98fd7cac14a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93c7a6d2c07ac800e8989f0ddc928e1efa24d28b2e7d86bc37e0f7f718daea4d.jpg

  • The_Wretched

    Someone must have read what happens to the cacao trees in global warming. I skimmed a bunch of google hits {cacao trees global warming}. it’s a topic with serious discussion. This global warming thing should be a governmental priority or something. Companies acting in their own financial and on-going-business concerns is a lagging indicator of a problem.

  • joe ho

    It’s a stretch to refer to anything from Mars Co. as “chocolate.”

  • TheManicMechanic

    Whew. For a moment, that headline had me thinking Mars was spending money to deny climate change is happening.

    I can now keep popping M&Ms like Limbaugh pops Oxycodone.

    • Reality.Bites

      Pretty sure that quantity could bring on a diabetic coma.

      In non-diabetics.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Yay! Jacqueline Mars is an acquaintance of mine in the Washington Opera world. Generous to a fault and a strong arts supporter. This surprises me not. Well done!

  • Gerry Fisher

    Note to the GOP: Major corporations are beginning to come on board with climate change. The “using climate change denial as a wedge issue” days are numbered.

  • fuzzybits
  • JCF

    If the planet become too hot to grow cacao, assisted suicide becomes a real option for Yours Truly (I might not be kidding).