Chairman Stephen Badger Talks Leadership, Life, Lessons

Stewarding one of the biggest family-run companies in the world is no small task—especially when that company comes with a 106-year history. Chairman Stephen Badger and his fellow board members take this challenge seriously. Here, Badger discusses the challenges and rewards of his role and the future of the company.  

On shedding Mars’ “secretive” reputation: 

Rising Through the Ranks

What does it take to be one of the most reputable companies in the world? We think it starts by doing business with purpose and working toward positive impacts we can be proud of. And we’re proud of our efforts being recognized, too.

For the second year in a row, we’ve secured a spot on Reputation Institute’s Global RepTrak® 100. And we’re rising through the ranks for 2019—landing at #69 on this year’s list. For an organization that constantly focuses on action and integrity—we consider this quite the honor!

Meet Weina Chen, Laboratory Scientist

New and noteworthy: When her grandmother was growing up, girls, especially in poor areas, never had the chance to go to school; but in Weina’s class, 80 percent of students were women. “Women now represent more than 25 percent of all scientific researchers worldwide,” she says. “And I’ve seldom felt the need to advocate for stronger policy because at the Mars GFSC, everyone — male and female — has equal opportunities to pursue excellence.”

Deforestation Prevention Overview Policy

The world's forests don't just provide us with ingredients for our products — they're basically the lungs of the planet. We know we have not just a big impact on the world, but a responsibility to make sure we do right for the many communities where we work and live. We source many of our key ingredients from tropical countries, and we’ve taken bold action to prevent deforestation and its impact on local communities.

Collaboration a Key Component to 'Business the Right Way’

Empowering women to thrive is one way Mars is taking steps today to secure the world we want tomorrow. 

“We can only solve these issues through collaboration, and making sure we all keep pushing for this gender balance,” says Victoria Mars, member of the board of directors at Mars. “It’s key to the long-term success of our business, and key to our supply chain. These women need to be thriving.” 

Science Is At the Center of Mars

Into every Mars creation goes a little—or a lot—of science, as we research, analyze and learn how to create the highest quality products and services. But at Mars, it's not just about what we sell. We believe that today's research can lead to a better future that's healthier and more sustainable for communities across the globe.  

Here are three recent Mars scientific research projects, and how the results will impact the future. 

Women in STEM

Currently, 42 percent of Mars Associates in our talent pipeline are women. If you look around, they're making their mark—especially in STEM-related careers across the company. For example, Lauren Bellomy, digital transformation lead, is working with a small group of peers to use digital automation to grow peanut plants in a fish tank. Cui Wang conducts field research around the world for her role as a global microbiology research scientist in the Mars Global Food Safety Center.

Hacking a More Efficient Future

When computer gurus put their heads together and face a tight deadline, amazing things can happen. That’s the concept behind hackathons, where teams of programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively to come up with a functioning product solving tomorrow’s problems today … by the end of the event.

“A Hackathon reaches out to new talents, solves real business challenges and envisions future possibilities.” — Marcelo Oliveira, Customer Relationship Manager