General Mills makes significant strides in global responsibility to shape the future
- 100% of its 10 main ingredients from sustainable sources
- Advanced regenerative agriculture on farmland
- Enabled 7 billion meals worldwide
MINNEAPOLIS– (BUSINESS WIRE) – General Mills (NYSE: GIS) today released its Global Responsibility Report 2021, which highlights the social and environmental progress made in fiscal year 2020, ending May 31, 2020. The annual update, which marks 51 years of reporting for the company, presents actions and results in four areas: food, planet, people and community.
“Over the past year, we’ve accelerated farmer adoption of regenerative farming practices on over 70,000 acres in key areas where we source our ingredients – moving us closer to our commitment of $ 1 million. acres by 2030 – and measured positive environmental, social and economic outcomes. ”
“Everything we do at General Mills is linked to our goal of making food that people love,” said Jeff Harmening, President and CEO of General Mills. “The events of the past year – COVID-19 and the racial injustice and social equity movements – have reaffirmed our belief that our ladder brings opportunity and responsibility. We can and do good things that impact our people, our planet, and the communities we serve.
In 2020, General Mills continued to passionately make food for families around the world, successfully sourcing 100% of its ten priority ingredients sustainably, advanced regenerative farming practices on farmland, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions footprint, to allow 7 billion meals in the world. through philanthropic partners and food donations during a time of heightened need, and deep inclusion and diversity commitments inside and outside the walls of the company.
“Our business is rooted in the earth and in order to produce food for future generations, we believe that we can no longer just maintain the earth’s resources, we must regenerate them,” said Mary Jane Melendez, Head of sustainability and social impact, General Mills. “Over the past year, we’ve accelerated farmer adoption of regenerative farming practices on over 70,000 acres in key areas where we source our ingredients – moving us closer to our commitment of $ 1 million. acres by 2030 – and measured positive environmental, social and economic outcomes. ”
Food: making food the world loves (and needs)
As the COVID-19 pandemic increased food insecurity around the world and demand for food in the home increased, General Mills’ focus, in fact, expanded to “make the food the world loves.” … (And which he needs) ”. The company has innovated in its food portfolio to delight consumers and meet their diverse interests and needs – representing options focused on nutrition, affordability and affordability. Progress includes:
- General Mills is now the largest supplier of natural and organic packaged foods in the United States
- The company has led with safety – both in the workplace and in food production. Ninety-six percent of the company’s production facilities are Global Food Safety Initiative certified.
- Forty-three percent of General Mills’ global volume met the company’s criteria for nutritional foods.
Planet: regenerating our planet and supporting farmers
Regenerating the earth’s natural resources is both a business and environmental imperative for General Mills. In 2020, the company reinforced its existing commitments with a set of 2030 ambitions to promote regeneration. Progress includes:
- 100% of General Mills’ 10 priority ingredients are now sustainably sourced.
- 70,000 acres are enrolled in the company’s regenerative agriculture pilot projects, with a commitment to advance regenerative agriculture to one million acres by 2030.
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the entire company’s value chain by 16% compared to 2010, with a reduction commitment of 30% by 2030 and net zero by 2050 .
- Eighty-eight percent of packaging in the United States and 72 percent in Europe and Australia is now recyclable, with a commitment that all brands will design 100% of packaging to be recyclable or reusable. by 2030.
People: building an inclusive and diverse culture that puts people and communities first
General Mills creates a seat at the table for all employees by fostering a safe, inclusive and rewarding workplace, and seeks to make a positive impact with its employees and communities. Progress includes:
- Eighty-six percent of General Mills employees say the company is a great place to work, up six percent from 2019.
- Fifty percent of professional positions and 32 percent of business leadership positions are held by women around the world.
- Accelerated action to respect human rights impacts in accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles.
- In the United States, General Mills has pledged to double the representation of black executives, increasing minority representation to 25 percent and doubling its spending with minority-owned suppliers.
Community: improving food security in times of great need
General Mills and its Foundation are deeply committed to serving its global communities and remain grounded in promoting equity to build strong, resilient and food secure communities. Progress includes:
- General Mills has started a manufacturing initiative to donate to make and distribute food, giving charities better access to food when needed.
- Enabled 7 billion meals worldwide through philanthropic partners and food donations.
- With the support of General Mills, more than 610,000 children around the world have had access to nutritious school meals every day.
- Eighty-three percent of General Mills employees worldwide have volunteered in their communities.
General Mills’ commitment to reporting on global progress in areas of social and environmental importance is unwavering. Over the past year, General Mills has become more responsive, more aware and more committed than ever to being there for its people, the planet and communities around the world. In 2021, General Mills will focus on continuing to make progress to improve our future.
About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global food company dedicated to making food the world loves. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie’s, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, BLUE and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, General Mills generated net sales of $ 17.6 billion in fiscal 2020. In addition, General Mills’ share of net sales of unconsolidated joint ventures totaled 1.0 billion US dollars.
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