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Mars released last week a list of its Tier 1 cocoa suppliers along with progress on releasing Tier 2 and 3 information in an effort to bring more transparency to its sustainable cocoa procurement efforts.
These moves back up Mars’ Cocoa for Generations plan, announced in September, which has the aim of attaining a deforestation-free cocoa supply chain by 2025. The company has also GPS-mapped 24% of its supply chain and announced more detailed steps to reaching this goal.
In addition to publishing suppliers, Mars will GPS map its entire cocoa supply to the farm level by 2025, strengthen supplier standards for traceability in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana and complete risk assessments for Indonesia, Brazil, Cameroon and Ecuador in the next two years. The company also committed to third-party verification of these efforts.