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Snickers
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Snickers has achieved the D-label. Brand owner Mars Inc. has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Mars Inc.
Head office: McLean, United States
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: Mars Inc., Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Bonsucro

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Snickers sustainability score report

Last edited: 12 January 2016 by Barry
Last reviewed: 12 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Mars Inc. (brand owner of Snickers) implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using renewable energy and implementing energy efficiency measures (see link, page 32-37). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Marc Inc. increased its total climate footprint from 1,843 million tons of CO2e in 2013 to 1,848 million tons of CO2e in 2014, which represents an increase of around 0,3% (see link, page 37). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? 2.7% (561 terajoule) of the total energy use of 21,088 terajoule from Mars Inc. is derived from renewable sources in 2014 (see link, page 37). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Mars Inc. has set a target to reduce 25% of its GHG emissions by 2015, and 100% by 2040 (base year 2007). Per year, by 2040, that would make only around 3% on average (see link, page 36). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Mars Inc. doesn't communicate a clear policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Mars Inc. reports a certified cocoa use of 36% (Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified). However, the percentage per certification scheme isn't specified (see link, page 27). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Mars Inc. reports on raw materials used for fillings, but nothing clear about environmental certifications for fillings such as nuts, caramel, nougat etc. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? Mars Inc. reports on raw materials used for ingredients, but nothing clear about environmental certifications for ingredients such as milk, sugar etc. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Mars Inc. sources RSPO certified palm oil for 100% of its products since 2013. However, this is “mass balance” certified palm oil only (see link, page 28). Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Mars Inc. implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging. However, aggregate results of its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 28). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Since 2007, Mars Inc. has reduced its waste to landfill by 94%, and published annual results of its respective footprint. The goal is to achieve 100% by 2015 (see link, page 28 & 37). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? While income is amongst the greatest impacts identified by Mars Inc., and the brand works with the World Cocoa Foundation, it remains unclear to which extend income is improved by their policies (see link, page 11). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? Mars Inc. reports a certified cocoa use of 36% (Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified). However, the percentage per certification scheme isn't specified (see link, page 27). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Mars Inc. reports on raw materials used for fillings, but nothing clear about social certifications for fillings such as nuts, caramel, nougat etc. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? Mars Inc. reports on raw materials used for ingredients, but nothing clear about social certifications for ingredients such as milk, sugar etc. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? While Mars Inc. is a member of Bonsucro and AIM-Progress, it remains unclear if all sugar is socially certified. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Mars Inc. doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source