M&M'S, which is proudly part of Mars, Incorporated, launches global platform to increase a sense of belonging for ten million people by 2025, helping to connect and celebrate one another
NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- M&M'S®, part of the Mars, Incorporated portfolio of brands, has announced a global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong, and society is inclusive. The iconic candy brand's announcement is built on more than 80 years of bringing people together with its bite-sized colorful candies and flavors and is part of the evolved M&M'S brand's strategy built on purpose, which promises to use the power of fun to include everyone with a goal of increasing the sense of belonging for 10 million people around the world by 2025.
"M&M'S has long been committed to creating colorful fun for all, and this purpose serves as a more concrete commitment to what we've always believed as a brand: that everyone has the right to enjoy moments of happiness and fun is the most powerful way to help people feel that they belong," said Cathryn Sleight, Chief Growth Officer at Mars Wrigley. "As one of the world's most iconic candy brands, who better to commit to a world with more moments of happiness by increasing a sense of belonging around the globe than M&M'S?"
Studies show our desire to belong is as strong as our desire to be loved and that desire is common for all people irrespective of culture, race, ethnicity, geography, or location. M&M'S used this insight to create the M&M'S FUNd to track the brand's impact on our mission, which will offer resources, mentorship, opportunities and financial support in the arts and entertainment space to help ensure people have access to experiences where everyone feels they belong.
This year, fans of the iconic M&M'S brand will also see changes in the brand's look and feel as part of its evolution, each intended to reflect its new commitment:
A fresh, modern take on the looks of our beloved characters and more nuanced personalities to underscore the importance of self-expression and power of community through storytelling
An enhanced focus on the brand's iconic color palette and the use of different shapes and sizes of M&M'S lentils across all touchpoints to prove that all together, we're more fun
An added emphasis on the ampersand – a distinctive element within the M&M'S logo that serves to connect the two Ms – will be used more prominently to demonstrate how the brand aims to bring people together
An updated tone of voice that is more inclusive, welcoming, and unifying, while remaining rooted in our signature jester wit and humor
"We're excited to reveal our new M&M'S brand look and feel, which fans will see come to life across all M&M'S touchpoints around the globe," said Jane Hwang, Global Marketing Vice President, Mars Wrigley. "From new product innovations to brand campaigns, our evolved characters and our experiential retail stores, we'll incorporate colorful visuals, inclusive messaging and our purpose into all we do to prove that all together, we're more fun. In fact, this purpose is already on full display at the new M&M'S store in Berlin, which features multiple languages on signage as an invitation to all and our most diverse Associate base that celebrates those from different cultures, backgrounds, and generations."
The new global commitment from M&M'S is just one of many actions being taken across Mars, Incorporated to deliver on a world where society is inclusive. These include a commitment to gender balanced leadership teams, running an independent annual diversity audit of its advertising (run by the Geena Davis Institute) and its role as Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance, part of UN Women, amongst others.
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