Mars is planning to cut corporate travel by half and book 145,000 fewer flights each year in one of the clearest signals yet from a big company about how they plan to change business trips after the pandemic.
The world’s largest confectioner and one of America’s biggest privately owned businesses has said it will tell staff to get on a plane for “purpose, rather than presence”.
Nici Bush, vice-president for workplace transformation at Mars, also said that the company wanted to rethink the “obsolete” approach to fixed office hours because the pandemic has led to “myth-busting” about productivity.
Mars employs 135,000 people globally, almost a quarter of whom are office-based. In the UK, Mars has 4,000 staff, including 1,900 in office-based roles.
The Virginia-based company