This week, our current Board Member and former Chairman, Victoria Mars, was presented with the prestigious Joseph Wharton Leadership Award which recognizes Wharton alumnus who embody “the highest standards of leadership in both business and society.”
Each year, the Joseph Wharton Awards Dinner brings together leaders across all sectors and industries who have graduated from the halls of Wharton – America’s first collegiate business school – and celebrates the real change they have driven through their companies and in the communities in which they operate.
Throughout her career, Victoria Mars has tried to model business leadership as a combination of ‘how’ one achieves results, as well as the results themselves. She is a tireless advocate of using the Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Efficiency, Freedom and Mutuality in concert to make business decisions. “Delivering on any one of the Five Principles is easy,” said Victoria Mars in her remarks at the Wharton event. “But using all of them to weigh a question or tackle a challenge is much harder.”
In her acceptance remarks, Victoria highlighted that approaching business discussions through the lens of shared principles opens doors and builds trust. “Time and again when I am meeting with leaders in business and governments, I find that bringing the conversation around to the principles that Mars stands for sets the tone and helps us to establish common ground,” said Victoria. “From there, we can carry any conversation forward.”
These principles are at the heart of our recently launched Sustainable in a Generation plan – which will help us to improve the lives of 1 million people across our value chain, as well as do our part to deliver on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the targets of the Paris Agreement.
Victoria has committed her professional life to creating a workplace culture built on Mars’ Five Principles and an environment of trust and respect – a culture that has been consistently recognized in ‘great place to work’ lists worldwide.