I do wish corporations would shut up about their political affiliations. Last week, Mars Inc, Starbucks, Levi Strauss and several others voiced concern over climate change and the coming Trump administration’s appointment of a climate change skeptic (not a denier) which might derail the Paris climate summit agreement made late last year. I think the appointment of a skeptic is the right way to go. More of that later.
I’m sorry. If I go into a Starbucks I’m looking for just a cup of Joe to kickstart the morning. I’m not out for a lecture on your political leanings. You did this before (and doing it again this year) with the removal of snowflakes and Christmas trees on your cups by replacing them with red cups only. The public rationale they gave – the cup mimicked a blank canvas that “welcomes all stories.” Yes, you’re free to sell whatever cups you see fit but I don’t want to have your progressive ideals rammed down my throat to ruin the taste of my already burnt coffee. I doubt any Muslim, Jew or a person from any other religious affiliation would raise protest if served a Christmas cup. If you truly want to welcome all stories, why not take your blank canvas and celebrate Muslim, Jewish, Shinto and Buddhist holiday periods? Embrace them all instead of hiding behind the typical leftist ideal of appealing to their own moral virtue.
Mars, Inc. is no better. Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Healthy & Wellbeing Officer at Mars, feels strongly that business must lead the push for real change: “We know it’s going to be important for companies to lead on climate change, and we’re already taking action…We’ve declared our own decarbonization commitment – to eliminate the use of fossil fuel energy and greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 2040 – and our Mesquite Creek wind farm is already generating the equivalent of 100% of the electricity needed to power the entirety of our U.S. operations.” That’s 24 years away. A quarter of a century.
What about saving people’s lives? Skittles, M&Ms and Mars bars hardly count as health food. They are filled with chemical additives. Take a bag of Skittles – Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Apple Juice from Concentrate, Less than 2% Citric Acid, Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Coloring (Includes Yellow 6 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 1), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Acccording to Fooducate “A single serving 2 oz pack contains 250 calories and a whopping 47 grams of sugar (that’s 12 teaspoons of sugar in a personal bag). Surprisingly, vitamin C content is 50% of the daily value, but that’s because Ascorbic acid has been added to the product. The palm kernel oil contributes 2.5 grams of saturated fat to the mix (that’s 13% of the daily value, from a candy!)”
While we’re on the subject of Skittles, do you remember the outrage when Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles sprinkled with a few that “would kill you.” How dare he politicize candy!! Skittle’s parent Wrigley (owned by Mars, Inc.) wrote, “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing,”
When a bunch of feminists used the following analogy to explain male rape culture:
“You say not all men are monsters? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful.”
Mars did and said absolutely nothing. So typical of the double standards culture of the left Where was the “M&Ms are chocolate. Men are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy…”?
Yet there they were during London LGBT Pride Week politicizing candy. Skittles removed the colours in an all white packet releasing this statement,
“So this is kind of awkward, but we’re just gonna go ahead and address the rainbow-colored elephant in the room…You have the rainbow … we have the rainbow … and usually that’s just hunky-dory…But this Pride, only one rainbow deserves to be the centre of attention—yours. And we’re not going to be the ones to steal your rainbow thunder, no siree.”
So why should we should we pay attention to Mars, Inc’s beliefs over climate change? Let’s think about the Paris COP summit. Every year the same 50,000 climate alarmist pilgrims fly half way around the world belching tonnes of their most feared CO2 to kneel at the altar of the UNIPCC. It is lobbying at its finest. It is self interest. It is about securing funding grants.
For those that believe the scientists are holier than thought take the Centre for Climate Change Economics (CCCEP) at the London School of Economics (LSE). It is accused of swindling £9 million in UK government grants by claiming credit for studies it had not funded and for papers published by rival academics. One of the misrepresented authors, climate economist Richard Tol described it as “a clear case of fraud – using deception for financial gain.”
I have absolutely no problems acting responsibly and breathing clean air but I don’t need a corporate to lecture me on how I should live my life. By the same token, the climate alarmists believe there should be an alarmist in charge of funding appropriation. That way we can be assured of almost zero objectivity. I think Trump’s appointment of a climate skeptic was the right decision. There needs to be balance and objectivity. California and some other states have pledged to continue commitments to reducing emissions. If we look at the four largest polluters – America, China, India and Russia – which make up 75% of man made CO2 creation and their commitments at Paris:
America only tentatively agreed if there was no legal recourse by nations affected by their polluting activity.
China said emissions would peak out in 2030. It wants to clean up pollution masked as ‘climate change’. I remember writing about local governments in China preferring corporates to pollute in order to receive tax revenues on excess emissions.
India wants to clean up ahead of the celebration of the 150th year since Gandhi’s birth in 2019 but economic growth won’t take a back seat to climate with plans to roll out over 50 coal fired power stations.
Russia gave its commitment in Paris on a hotel napkin 7 minutes before the event.
Hardly a sign that the biggest polluters are chomping at the bit to save the planet immediately.
Whether we like it or not, the job of the corporate should be to sell their wares not their beliefs.
Perhaps more telling is the 5 core Corporate Principles of Mars. I read through them and wondered where the one pleading for environmental awareness was? It spoke of looking to reduce its environmental impact as a normal course of business briefly but if it was such a footnote then why the hype to the media about its fears on global warming? Make it a core value Mars! Anything short of that only exposes you to the hypocrisy that pervades your PR department.
Perhaps if you made products that didn’t cause obesity (maybe an obesity tax should be slapped on you) then you could appeal to your commitment to save people’a health before your commitment to save the planet. Maybe in tandem? A reduction in obesity would lead to lower human tailpipe emissions too. Sure it serves you to make candy and it is consumers who ultimately buy your goods knowing the health risks of excessive consumption but leave your Samaritan virtue inside the oil-based plastic wrapper that serves you so well.