FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mars Inc. has joined the Sustainability Consortium in support of the organization’s science-based work toward a more sustainable global supply chain. The company joins other consumer product manufacturers, retailers and non-governmental organizations that have become members of the consortium and its product “life cycle” mission including social and environmental considerations.

“Mars believes that science-based assessment and allocation of life-cycle product impacts are critical to enabling a transition to a more sustainable production-consumption model,” said Kevin Rabinovitch, global sustainability director for Mars. “The consortium’s work is vital to moving beyond a focus on conflicting measurement systems and on to driving real reductions in impacts across the supply chains delivering the products consumers love.”

“We are excited to welcome Mars Inc. into the consortium,” said Jon Johnson, co-director of the consortium and executive director of the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center. “They are a proven leader in the realm of corporate sustainability, and their knowledge and leadership will be a tremendous asset.”

About Mars Inc.

Mars Inc. is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Mars Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies, generating global revenues of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: chocolate, pet care, Wrigley gum and confections, food, drinks, and symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world’s leading brands including M&Ms.

About the Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. It develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a transparent process and system, not individuals or organizations. The University of Arkansas and Arizona State University jointly administer the Sustainability Consortium.
Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.