General Mills

General Mills is a global manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods across more than 100 countries. The company's products are manufactured in 13 countries and are sold to grocery stores, mass merchandisers, e-commerce retailers, restaurants and foodservice distributors and operators. General Mill's product portfolio comprises snacks, ready-to-eat cereal, convenient meals, yogurt, ice-cream, baking mixes and ingredients, refrigerated and frozen dough, and pet food. Through a recent acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products, General Millshas diversified further into natural pet foods. Each of the company's major brands listed below represents more than $1 billion in annual retail sales worldwide.

Baseline assessment

Environment

On track

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

General Mills publicly discloses several commitments across the environment dimension but has room for improvement in nutrition and social inclusion. Showing awareness of its role and responsibility as a large food manufacturer, the company has set time-bound targets to reduce GHG emissions, protect natural habitat, reduce food loss and waste and increase recyclable packaging use. General Mills discloses progress on these targets as well as on its policies relating to soil health and agrobiodiversity, fertiliser and pesticide use and water management. In nutrition, the company has made commitments to product reformulation and labelling, and it has outlined a policy on responsible marketing. Despite several philanthropic initiatives in support of food security, General Mills does not commit to accessibility and affordability of healthy foods, and there is no evidence of workforce nutrition programmes. With regard to social inclusion, General Mills is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain, but it does not disclose evidence of the processes in place to evaluate these risks. In addition to its commitment to health and safety in the workplace, the company has developed programmes to support smallholder productivity, and it recognises the importance of protecting land rights. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 17,626,000,000
Food and agriculture revenue USD
USD 17,626,000,000
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees
40,000

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.