Providing for parents at Mars


We are committed to supporting parents inside and outside the workplace. All of our U.S., Australia and U.K. sites are breastfeeding-friendly, and we offer similar facilities in our offices around the world. For breastfeeding mothers, we provide private rooms, refrigerators for storing milk, flexible-working arrangements and regular breaks for feeding.

The Mars Maternity Leave Policy outlines the benefits available to expectant mothers. The amount of paid leave available varies between markets and also is dependent on individual situations.

  • In the U.K., our maternity policy offers a six-month leave with 90 percent pay and another six-month unpaid leave (three of which are paid by the government).
  • In Australia, we offer up to 24 months of parental leave, including 13 weeks of paid leave for either male or female Associates.
  • In the U.S., parents are eligible to receive six work weeks of paid time off at 100 percent of their pay. In many cases, this adds up to a minimum of three months, since the six weeks paid leave follows short-term disability leave due to childbirth.