Claim to fame: Ibtehal spent 14 years in Industrial Engineering and Plant Management for Mars Wrigley. She has the experience and understands exactly what it takes for #WomenInScience to succeed. She has also become an advocate for mentorship and helped pilot a successful program to support the development of women in leadership for our Asia-Australia, Middle East & Africa region.
Every decision we make as a business today is done with a vision of a better future — and not just our future. Women provide 45 percent of the labor in the cocoa industry, yet they rarely have access to the training programs and education to support them. At Mars, we have a commitment to women, backed by bold ambition and matched by decisive action. We aspire to create truly beneficial financial programs to help improve the working lives of women in our Cote d’Ivoire cocoa-producing communities.
As a global company with the footprint of a small country, we know we make a big impact on the world. And with that comes a responsibility to make sure we do right for the many communities where we work and live. One way we do that is through our Mars Volunteer Program (MVP), where Associates give their time and talents to causes important to them, from animal welfare to environmental activism. It’s our way of taking action today to create the world we want tomorrow.
It doesn’t matter where in the world you are: It’s impossible to create a better future if everyone doesn’t get a fair shake or the opportunity to advance themselves. Breaking down barriers and putting in place programs and systems that not only allow for that advancement, but also encourage it, are essential if progress is part of the plan.
Historically though, women often don’t have access to these opportunities.