There’s lots of talk about Inclusion and Diversity. Of course there is, it’s an important part of the world we live in. Here at Mars, we just want you to 'be you'. And it’s our responsibility to nurture an environment where you can speak up, share different ideas and respect each other’s point of view. That way, you’ll feel happy and confident to reach your true potential – and our business will be stronger for it.
"Diversity helps unlock the value of inclusive decision making. The world we want tomorrow will have workplace inclusion"
Sebati Iyengar, People & Organisation Director, Royal Canin
Hear to be Heard
Working towards a world where society is inclusive, the #HereToBeHeard campaign is an opportunity for women in India to have their voices, opinions and ideas heard and put into action. The Associate and consumer facing creative campaign #HearToBeHeard is asking women at all intersections of society, a single question - What needs to change so more women can reach their full potential?"
In 2021, Mars asked 10,000 women in 88 countries across intersections – race, age, sexuality, employment status, specially abled and more – one question: What needs to change so that more women can reach their full potential? We are waiting to hear from you! Participatetoday. The findings will be published in globally in October in a comprehensive report.
“Sustained change requires sustained action. Action requires education, allyship, analysis of our processes and procedures and a commitment to deconstructing and adjusting our systems, where needed. And the time for action is now.” Ibtehal Fathy, Global Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Our global Inclusion & Diversity Goals
While inclusion & diversity (I&D) has long been a business priority, we knew we could do better. So in 2020, we recognized the need to accelerate our commitment to I&D, both in our workplaces and communities.
We started by listening, asking our Associates and our leaders for their input. Then, we looked deeper, auditing our talent pipelines, policies and procedures, and our I&D strategy, which rests on four pillars:
Ensuring all our leaders are visible and accountable champions of I&D
Embracing a culture of belonging that values and harnesses the power of differences
Harnessing diverse groups of Associates and leaders that represent the diversity of the Mars business
And equipping our business with cohesive policies, processes, practices and training – including unconscious bias programs – that support our I&D aspirations
These pillars have led to three key goals that will help us to deliver our I&D ambitions:
We aspire to achieve gender balance across 100% of our leadership teams. Learn more about Full Potential, our platform for gender equity and our #HereToBeHeard global listening study.
We believe our Leadership teams and Associates should reflect the race and ethnicities of the markets in which we operate. Our ambition includes: - Strengthening our senior leader representation from Emerging Markets by 20%.
We want to achieve an 80th percentile ranking as measured by the Mars Associate Survey (MAS), which also serves as our internal inclusion barometer by tracking Associate sentiment on this statement: ‘My company treasures diverse opinions and ideas.’
From a sales newbie to strong leader“The best part about working with Mars is that we are encouraged to believe in ourselves, to keep building our capabilities along with that of the team and most importantly to have a holistic approach towards personal and professional wellbeing. In the last four incredible years here, I have transitioned from a sales newbie into a strong leader. I humbly and wholeheartedly thank my organization for entrusting me with this great challenge"Yashi Singh, Regional Sales Manager - West Mars Pet Nutrition,
"There is no difference in gender while doing Sales"“There is nothing that differentiates men from women when it comes to a career in Sales. I enjoy my job to the hilt and the kind of support and flexibility that the organisation provides me with, enables me to maintain a healthy balance between my work and personal life."Avani Parekh, Area Sales Executive, Royal Canin
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“Your job growth is important to us and we’re working hard to find the right opportunity that fits your long-term career goals. Find out when we’ll beat a campus near you.”
- Mylan, HR Lead, New York
Where we are today…
At Mars Wrigley India, our endeavor towards Inclusion & Diversity at the Pune Snickers factory began in 2018 in its journey to onboard women in manufacturing operations. We are proud to share that in 2021, 50% of women are working in production operations across all three shifts.
We have a creche at our Telengana Petcare factory to enable working associates to bring their little one's to work and be able to balance both their professional and personal life. At Mars Wrigley India, we also offer a child care policy to both working mothers and fathers reimbursing them on day care facility expenses.
Mars on Spotify
Here are some perspectives from our Mars leaders on building inclusive teams and the value they bring.
Sebati Iyengar - People and Organisation Director at Royal Canin, Mars India, shares her gripping journey from studying rural development to shaping organizational thinking regarding HR decisions.
Watch the episode to hear Sebati speak about the importance of Inclusion & Diversity at Mars, and her insights on how to make diverse teams that understand diverse consumers and cater to consumer-focused needs.
With more than 18 years of experience, Sunita Patnaik - Corporate Affairs Director, Mars Wrigley opens us up about her illustrious journey, telling us about her roots, her supportive family as a working mother, and her constant strive to create a diverse and inclusive world of business.
Listen to the complete podcast as she gives an inside look into the world of Mars in India and how each and every Associate is thriving in our purpose of creating a Billion Better Moments.
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