Candy-maker Mars is culling its palm-oil supply chain, ditching two major suppliers and twenty-one second-tier suppliers. The goal is to eliminate deforestation, and Mars is using satellite mapping and third-party validation to ensure its suppliers stay in line. The company announced that its use of palm-oil (an ingredient used in everything from chocolate to shampoo) is no longer contributing to deforestation in the tropical areas it sources from. It also said that the shorter supply chain would help keep costs down, as well as make its sustainability standards easier to enforce.
“We have cleaned up our act,” said Barry Parkin, chief procurement and sustainability officer at Mars. He added that the aim is for the changes to improve behavior across the entire industry.