From lending a helping hand at community schools to volunteering at animal shelters and nature preserves, Mars Associates volunteer thousands of hours of their time through the Mars Volunteer Program (MVP).


MVP is a powerful example of how we — as a company and as individuals — put our Principles into Action in the communities that are at the heart of our business, our sourcing and operating communities. This worldwide initiative unleashes the positive power of our greatest assets: our Associates. They give their time and talents to organize, lead and recruit other volunteers to join them in making a difference through fundraising, education and hands-on activities.


Check out how our Associates are making a difference.

In our operating communities:

  • Wrigley Americas’ Associates spent more than 1,800 hours participating in 20 different volunteer activities across the region. Throughout October 2015, Associates cleaned up prairie paths, built oral care kits, painted homes and generally made our communities happier, healthier places to live and work.
  • A total of 80 Associates from the U.K. food business volunteered in eight local schools with the aim to help children to learn about food and nutrition and to get excited about cooking at home. More than 300 children participated in the event, which was all about fun and sharing information in an entertaining, yet educational way. The children learned about the seasonality of our food, how it’s grown and what nutritional value foods offer to a balanced diet.
  • Associates from Mars Chocolate carried out a planting activity in Viersen on the grounds of a local senior citizen's home. The 104 residents in this home had been looking forward to this special day for a long time. They installed two new wheelchair-compatible plant tables that enable more residents to participate in maintaining and harvesting the garden. They also filled flower boxes with a variety of plants, making the garden and balconies look their best in a myriad of colors.
  • A group of volunteers spent a day volunteering at the K9 Korral, sponsored by The Nutro Company, at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, a 198-acre historic horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee. With miles of white fencing throughout the park, Associates spent six hours painting fences and moving three dump-truck loads of mulch throughout the dog park.
  • In Puerto Rico, Associates from MARS® Brand, ROYAL CANIN® Brand and BANFIELD® Pet Hospital have joined forces to make a difference in the local community. In total, 20 Associates put The Five Principles into action by building new cages from scratch, renovating areas of the local shelter, donating pet food and giving lots of love and care to the dogs and cats living at the shelter.
  • More than 250 supply, factory and office-based Associates from the Wodonga site, Australia, recently braved the rain to rediscover their gardening skills and help Albury City Council complete landscaping works on a neighborhood off-leash dog park. With gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows in hand, the Mars volunteers spent a busy afternoon planting trees and shrubs, mulching garden beds and installing equipment.
  • Associates in Croatia promoted environmental awareness among local school children by teaching the importance of recycling. During a “Litter Less” day of action, the team held educational workshops, demonstrating the difference between landfill waste and recyclables.
  • Nearly 50 Associates from the Wrigley Chicago U.S. office worked together to transform Skinner Park into an even more beautiful place for local families and students to visit. Associates spent the day weeding, mulching, cleaning, pruning and building raised beds. In addition, they helped establish a pollinator garden and created signs for a demonstration garden.
  • Associates from the Mars Food sites in Rancho Dominguez and Santa Fe worked to bring a school garden to life at Dominguez Elementary School nearby. The all-day affair turned a piece of blacktop into a vast school garden, which will allow students to learn about where their food comes from.
  • The Huolushan Forest Park in Guangzhou is very popular with local residents to enjoy fresh air and get close to nature. Associates in China collected litter in the park as a volunteering activity, allowing its visitor to enjoy the park at its best.

Projects in our sourcing communities:

  • Associates from the European Multisales segment raised money as part of the Vision for Change program to benefit the cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast. All of the funds raised are being used in community programs that will benefit the cocoa-farming communities. A group of Mars Ambassadors is scheduled to travel to Ivory Coast and help with the completion of the projects.
  • Mars Ambassadors from the Drinks segment raised funds with various activities, which they donated to a local orphanage in El Salvador when visiting the coffee-farming community of Santa Ana. The money was used to improve the living conditions of the children of the orphanage.

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