Bring Your Pet To Work, Everyday!

Bring Your Pet To Work, Everyday!

Mars Canada's pet-friendly working practices featured in the Toronto Star

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Bernard Weil (Toronto Star)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 11:00am

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At Mars Canada’s Bolton headquarters, the company has taken extra measures to ensure that its Associates are comfortable bringing their pets to work, as its own research suggests that this is important for wellbeing. Mars initially encouraged employees to bring their pets to work three years ago, when it established an outdoor “doggie courtyard”, and it now provides free dog treats and special indoor facilities. 
 

“In a lot of research that we’ve done, we know that the relationship between pet and owner is really important and we’re really focused as a business on wellbeing,” said company spokeswoman Leslie Brams-Baker, whose poodle and Shih Tzu often accompany her to work. Speaking to the Toronto Star Leslie describes how the pet-friendly office can act as a stress reducer for both the pets and their owners. 
 
“It also creates a really fun work environment. You find that you end up connecting with people you wouldn’t normally connect with in the office.”
 
Mars' pet-friendly office culture was specifically called out at the beginning of the year when the company was recognized in the list of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company has since been recognized as one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®, the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence which identifies the top 25 best multinationals in terms of workplace culture. 
 
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About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company.  In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of  building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and CESAR®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints.  Food –UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA® Coffee Roasters coffee, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® tea, DOVE®/GALAXY® Hot Chocolate, and FLAVIA® brewer; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA®, WISDOM PANEL® and SERAMIS®.

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