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MARS chocolate's volunteering scheme receives business in the community award
2nd July 2013


Mars Chocolate UK has been named Business in the Community’s (BITC) Employee Volunteering Company of the Year for the South East region.

The award, which recognises the impact volunteering schemes have had on the local community, praised Mars for culturally integrating volunteering throughout the organisation and for focussing on addressing relevant regional issues.

Also highlighted by the judges, was the introduction by Mars, of a skills-based volunteering scheme. This had a focus on improving literacy and the career development of students and young people in the region, through ‘reading buddies’ and mentoring programmes.

Throughout 2012, more than 50 per cent of Mars Associates in Slough took part in the Mars Volunteer Programme, resulting in the company helping almost 400 students and young people in the local area.

The company's volunteers have also worked with ten local charities to offer practical business support using the knowledge and expertise of its Associates.

Anita Herbert, Corporate Affairs, Mars Chocolate UK, said:“We are incredibly proud of the Mars Volunteer Programme and our Associates. We hope that this award win will help to give our existing volunteers further recognition and encourage even more Associates to take part. We would like to say a big thank you to the amazing partners that we work with in the community to deliver our volunteering and for the continued support from everyone in the local area.”

In addition to winning the Employee Volunteering Company of the Year, Mars was highly commended in the Work Inspiration Category for its Work Inspiration week. During this week, Mars welcomed 15 Year 10 students from three local schools into the business, where they took part in a series of interactive workshops looking at career options in the food and drink industry, employability, career paths and discovering strengths.

Volunteering sits at the heart of the Mars business and its Associates have been involved in efforts to support the local Slough community since the company was founded here more than 80 years ago.

ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra (left) and Patrick Mallan (right), Field Director, BITC, presents Claire Giacobbe, Carol Baptiste, Helen Richardson and Anita Herbert from Mars Chocolate UK with the award

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