Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. President Donald Trump declared that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord and try to negotiate a new global deal on climate change. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A major chocolate company announced Tuesday that it would spend close to $1 billion over the next several years to reduce its environmental impact and fight climate change.
Mars, Inc., which manufactures M&Ms, Skittles and other popular candies, told Business Insider that the company’s goal is to reduce its carbon footprint by 60 percent by the year 2050.
“There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don’t think we’re getting there fast enough collectively. We’re trying to go all in here,” said Barry Parkin, Mars’s chief sustainability officer.
The move is meant to spur other companies to take action ahead of the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week taking place in New York later this month.
Parkin said that Mars’s decision ultimately came down to protecting the farmers who supply Mars with materials.
“We’re a food business, which is based on agriculture, so we care a lot about the farmers who supply us …
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