London — Ethical Corporation has named Mars, Inc. the Best Private Company as part of its Responsible Business Awards. The magazine recognizes “privately-held companies that have best demonstrated dedication to embedding sustainable business across their operations.”
The magazine noted the company's Sustainable in a Generation program, its Sustainable Cocoa Initiative and its work with the African Orphan Crops consortium. The judging panel included representatives from Greenpeace, The Economist, Marks & Spencer and Jaguar Land Rover.
Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin accepted the award on behalf of Mars.
He says: “We feel strongly that we have a responsibility to help solve challenges shared by our business and society. As a private, family-owned business, we have the freedom to make long-term choices and investments to help create lasting mutual benefits for our entire value chain.”