McLean, VA — Supporting the communities it operates in and the most vulnerable in its extended supply chain, Mars, Inc. is committing $20 million to global coronavirus response efforts.
Mars CEO Grant F. Reid says: “Our approach for working through this COVID-19 crisis has been, and will continue to be, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our associates, doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus and caring for our communities. We’re all in this together and we want to do our part to help those most in need.”
The support will include a $5 million donation to CARE for critical supplies and expertise to be deployed in developing nations; $2 million for the United Nation’s World Food Program, which aids in the transport and delivery of critical supplies for all UN agencies; and $1 million to Humane Society International to help domesticated animals that have been abandoned or surrender because their owners fell ill or could no longer care for them.
The remaining $12 million will be a combination of cash and in-kind donations from across the markets the company operates in as well as donations from The Mars Wrigley Foundation, the Banfield Foundation, the Pedigree Foundation and the Tasty Bite Foundation, Mars reports.
“All our lives, our family has believed that our Five Principles are fundamental to the culture and success of Mars,” says Frank Mars, chairman of the Mars, Inc.’s board for directors. “However, it’s during times of crisis that purpose and key guiding principles are both most important and really tested. We will only get through this pandemic by thinking mutually — by supporting one another, and that’s what this commitment to our communities is all about.”