While Pride Month is celebrated in June, our Associates are #ProudlyMars every day. Whether this means volunteering in the community or simply being their authentic selves at work, our Associates can attest that Mars’ culture of diversity and inclusion isn’t limited to one month of the year.
Rice is a staple for half the global population, so it needs to be protected. As the maker of UNCLE BEN’S®, the world’s largest global rice brand, we are working to create a sustainable rice supply that can help support business growth and the nutritional needs of a growing population.
As always, we’re challenging ourselves to transform how we do business today, to help create the world we want to see tomorrow. And how our products’ rice is grown plays a big part.
In today’s world it’s widely recognized that people are hard-wired to belong and to feel accepted by others. In fact, science says the need to belong is a fundamental source of motivation, impacting our personal productivity and our organizational performance. When American psychologist Abraham Maslow developed his ‘hierarchy of needs’, he pinpointed how important a feeling of belonging is.
Women are disproportionately affected by poverty, climate-related risks and other barriers to sustainable development. This distressing finding by a recent World Economic Forum report also reveals a startling projection: It will take women 202 years to be on even footing with men. If we want to change this, we have to act today.
Women play a powerful role in our history and current leadership today, and their advancement and empowerment are crucial to creating the business and society we want to see tomorrow.
While women account for two-thirds of the world's working hours and produce half of the world's food, they earn only 10 percent of the world's income and own less than 1 percent of the world's property.
At Mars, we believe everyone working within our extended supply chains should earn a sufficient income to maintain a decent standard of living. This is our goal. Although our relationship with smallholder farmers is rarely direct, we know they are critical for our business. Not only are we focused on helping smallholder farmers prosper today, we’re also working to ensure that the next generation is motivated to stay connected to farming as a profession that allows them to thrive tomorrow.
At Mars, the actions we take today make an important impact on the world we want tomorrow. This is especially true for the inclusive culture we foster, because we know inclusivity makes our business stronger for the future.
We know that Mars is at its best when it is composed of Associates from diverse backgrounds. So we're pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, we received a score of 90 percent on the Corporate Equality Index, a national report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Claim to fame: Ibtehal spent 14 years in Industrial Engineering and Plant Management for Mars Wrigley. She has the experience and understands exactly what it takes for #WomenInScience to succeed. She has also become an advocate for mentorship and helped pilot a successful program to support the development of women in leadership for our Asia-Australia, Middle East & Africa region.