Mars Symbioscience (MSS), the global health and life sciences division of Mars Inc, has become a founding partner of Impact 2030 – a United Nations-backed business incubator initiative for “evidence-based innovations that positively impact the health and well-being of people and the planet”.

Mars said at yesterday’s (14 September) inaugural Impact 2030 summit, in New York City, it is working through MSS “to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on the communities that supply Mars’ critical raw materials”.

As a founding partner of Impact 2030, MSS will join forces with 17 other global businesses in supporting the UN’s sustainable development goals. 

MSS sustainability manager Heather Pfahl said: “Each day we seek to tangibly show our commitment as a company and as individuals to the communities where we work, live and operate.”

Pfahl said current MSS activities include work in Indonesia, “focusing efforts on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources”.

In Indonesia, MSS sources cocoa needed for its Cocoapro cocoa extract products directly from Indonesian cocoa farmers to increase sustainable farming techniques.

Earlier this year, Mars Inc announced it would use only renewable energy to power its UK plants, as part of the firm’s “innovative and long-term approach to achieving our goal to be a successful and sustainable business for generations to come”.

In August, Mars joined fellow chocolate manufacturers Mondelez International, Nestle, Ferrero, Haigh’s and Lindt  in committing to use sustainably sourced cocoa in their products sold in Australia.