Welcome to
Mars in the Community
Investing in our local communities is a key part of Mars' corporate responsibility strategy. Our values are at the core of our approach to community investment and are what gives our approach an important distinctiveness. Our investment in the communities in which we operate remains a long term commitment. We seek to add value in a way which is mutually beneficial, meeting the needs of our communities and reflecting our values as a company - both in terms of what we do and the way that we do it.
Our aim is to support mutually beneficial partnerships that will have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those who live, learn and work in our local communities. Working closely with the organisations we support ensures our programmes have the maximum impact on the community.
The grants programme is about Mars responding to requests for help from our communities. Applications for grants over £500 are considered against our criteria and are then be reviewed on a quarterly basis by associate Works Councils at the end of March, June, September and November each year. Involving our associates ensures representative views are considered in the decision making process.
Community news update
2nd July 2013

Mars Chocolate UK has been named Business in the Community’s (BITC) Employee Volunteering Company of the Year for the South East region.

The award, which recognises the impact volunteering schemes have had on the local community, praised Mars for culturally integrating volunteering throughout the organisation and for focussing on addressing relevant regional issues.

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Success stories

October 2012

Mars in the community and their partnership with Berkshire East and South Buck’s women’s Aid won the corporate community local involvement award at the 2012 Charity Times award dinner in London. Corporate Affairs held the table at the awards which celebrate leadership and professionalism in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. The award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company with a charitable project in its locality that has had a positive impact on the community. “Many associates have volunteered with Women’s Aid through Mars in the Community, including the Pop-up Shop in Maidenhead earlier this year,” said Anita Herbert. “Roisin Pope and I took Nina Dohil, Hussein Hassam and John Maguire to the awards. “The organisers announced our partnership as outstanding with clear benefits and shared skills on both sides. We were all absolutely thrilled.”

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