Human Rights Director, Mars Incorporated
Marika is Human Rights Director at Mars, Incorporated, responsible for global human rights strategy, policy, expertise and governance. Reporting to the Chief Sustainability Officer, her work encompasses human rights in company operations, supplier workplaces, and the extended supply chain in 85 countries covering issues such as modern slavery and child labor. She leads collaborations with partners across sectors, including Verité, the International Labor Organization and the Institute on Business and Human Rights. Marika also co-chairs the Consumer Goods Forum’s taskforce on forced labor, mobilizing 400 of the world’s leading consumer goods companies to take action on this critical issue.
Marika joined Mars in 2015 after spending ten years with The Coca-Cola Company, where she was responsible for sustainability and public affairs strategy and programs in a range of areas including sustainable agriculture, affordable nutrition and human rights. She led complex, multi-stakeholder global partnerships with organizations including UN Women, Oxfam, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. Marika also developed Coca-Cola’s ground-breaking program to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs in its value chain – 5by20 – which has reached 1.7 million women since 2010.
Earlier in her career, Marika worked for Oxfam America on economic development and human rights and served as an AmeriCorps fellow focusing on hunger and poverty issues. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2005. She is currently a member of Aspen Institute Leaders Forum and in 2010 she served as an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow. Marika hails from Hawaii and has lived in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three children.