Mars Snacking's Amanda Davies on Sustainability at P&SC LIVE

Amanda Davies, Chief R&D, Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars Snacking
Amanda Davies, Chief R&D, Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars Snacking, discusses sustainable futures

Kickstarting Day 1 of Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE New York, Amanda Davies, Chief R&D, Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars Snacking, took to the virtual stage to discuss sustainable futures. To Watch Amanda Davies speak at Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE New York, click here.

Embracing and implementing sustainability strategies

Mars adopts an integrated approach to sustainability, encompassing procurement, research and development, and sustainability. The company uses a top-down approach alongside bottom-up involvement. Amanda Davies explains that ensuring success in implementing strategies relies more on performance than promises. Bold ambitions are essential, but daily performance drives real change. Mars’ leadership focuses on delivering tangible results now, rather than making future promises.

Amanda Davies, Chief R&D, Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars Snacking

Sustainable sourcing, product development, and collaboration

Mars focuses on Scope 3 emissions, representing 70% of the company’s footprint in the extended supply chain. Building strong, intimate relationships with partners is crucial for achieving shared sustainable goals. Amanda highlights the benefits of involving suppliers as collaborative partners rather than simply giving instructions. This approach fosters shared commitments and collaborative advantages.

Overcoming challenges

Balancing multiple layers of responsibility is the biggest challenge in sustainability, considering consumer desires, material availability, and sustainability impacts. Other challenges include data quality and integrating these factors. To overcome these challenges, Amanda stresses the importance of breaking down bold targets into meaningful, measurable milestones. Accountability and regular inspections are key to ensuring progress.

Finally, Amanda advises those looking to integrate sustainability into procurement and supply chain operations to make it personal, focus on performance, not promise, and prioritise partnerships. Authentic commitment and collaboration are essential for impactful sustainability efforts.

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