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Candy Giant 'Mars' Wants To Cut Deforestation From Supply Chain

By Brian Spaen

Mars announced an investment of $1 billion in their sustainability program back in September, and now they’re going to kick it up another notch. A senior executive for the company announced at the Responsible Business Forum that he would like to collaborate with others to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Ehab Abou-Oaf, president of the Asia, Middle East, and Africa Confectionary for Mars, has made it clear that this was a major investment for the company, not just showing awareness for environmental issues in words, but in actions. Since the entire food industry is impacted by issues like deforestation and human rights abuse, he is hoping for a partnership to solve these problems -- even with competitors.

“We are very conscious and clear that unless we have a thriving agricultural sector, the whole industry will be at risk,” Abou-Oaf said at the forum in Singapore. “Not just us, (but) everybody who makes chocolate.”