Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars

As Chief Sustainability Officer at Mars, Barry is responsible for developing and driving the company’s sustainability programs across its value chain from farmers through to consumers. In the five years he has held this position, Barry has worked with business leadership and operational teams to develop and articulate Mars’ corporate commitments and strategies. This work resulted in the launch of Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan in September 2017, laying out the path for Mars to become a truly sustainable business.

Barry is one of the key corporate spokespeople on Sustainability. He and his team are responsible for building strong and collaborative partnerships with Mars’ suppliers, governments, development agencies, NGO’s and peer companies on a pre-competitive basis to advance sustainable development.
Barry is also the Chairman of the World Cocoa Foundation.  In this position, he leads the industry’s collaborative efforts to advance sustainable cocoa. In September 2017 Barry also took on leadership of the Procurement function for Mars. In this role, he is responsible for the transformation and governance of the function.

During his 33 year career at Mars, Barry has worked in a diverse set of roles across Sustainability, Procurement, Engineering, Business Development, Supply Chain and Human Resources.  Barry holds an Engineering Science Degree from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer (IMechE).

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