Mars Inc.

Iams, Pedigree, Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, Wrigley's, Altoids, Starburst, Orbit, Ben's Original, Twix, 3 Musketeers, Kind, Tasty Bite, BluePearl, Seeds of Change, Pamesello, Celebrations, Eclipse, Dove, Bounty
Virginia
Food Beverage and Tobacco

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Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Mars scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Mars increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Mars forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into Mars over discriminatory practices in hiring. Mars provides unconscious bias programs for its employees. The company has signed open letters opposing "bathroom bills" and a senior executive co-authored an op-ed opposing a minimum age for gender transition surgeries. Mars supports the Equality Act and opposes bans on transgender athletes in female sports. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. Mars opposed legislation in Iowa intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which would prohibit teaching gender identity and sexual orientation to kids in K-3rd grade. Mars Twitter account also criticized then-President Trump's views on immigration. M&M released a new "female-only" wrapper featuring only "female" M&M characters including new lesbian M&Ms and a "plus-size" character to represent body positivity. Skittles has promoted LBGTQ and BLM messaging and causes through its promotions, products, and fundraisers. CEO Poul Weihrauch is a member of the Business Roundtable. America First Legal filed a complaint against Mars, Inc. with the EEOC for discriminatory hiring practices. Mars former CEO, Grant Reid, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. Mars is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media. The company has funded GLAAD and other LGBTQ advocacy groups. Mars is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal and a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Kind bars, a subsidiary of Mars, has a partnership with popular transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney and Skittles has promoted LBGTQ and BLM messaging and causes through its promotions, products, and fundraisers. The company has lobbied for the Equality Act. For these reasons, Mars receives a High Risk rating.

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