General Mills and its Foundation Enable 5.5 Billion Meals, Commit to Advancing Regenerative Agriculture
2020 Global Responsibility Report outlines progress,
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In 2019, General Mills and its Foundation committed to advance regenerative farming on one million acres of farmland, enabled 5.5 billion meals around the world through philanthropic partners and food donations, and invested in efforts that have collectively helped improve the lives of more than 22,000 smallholder farmers and their families.
“Our global presence allows General Mills to create real impact, at every level,” said
Food: Building on Nutrition
General Mills continually shapes its portfolio of products to contribute to the well-being of consumers and meet their varied needs. Progress in 2019 includes:
- 100 percent of General Mills facilities worldwide were audited and/or certified for food safety by independent third parties.
General Mills steadily expanded consumer offerings as the second-largest branded natural and organic food producer in the
U.S., surpassing $1 billionin sales.
- The company launched an updated health reporting system across its global portfolio leveraging established, transparent nutrition criteria grounded in regulations and dietary guidance. Forty-five percent of General Mills’ global volume met the company’s criteria as “Nutrition-Forward Foods,” helping support consumers in building healthy eating patterns.
Planet: Advancing Planetary Health through Regenerative Agriculture
General Mills is committed to improving the health of the planet, with a goal to reduce greenhouse emissions across its full value chain by 28 percent by 2025. In 2019, the company announced plans to advance regenerative farming practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030. An estimated 80 percent of greenhouse gases in the food system come from agriculture, but regenerative techniques help counter their impact by pulling carbon from the air and storing it in soil. These methods also serve to enhance natural resources and farming communities. Other impactful progress in 2019 includes:
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent across the company’s full value chain (compared to the 2010 baseline).
- Marking a milestone of sustainably sourcing more than 90 percent of the company’s 10 most priority ingredients, with a goal of reaching 100 percent by the end of 2020.
Since 2016, General Mills and its Foundation also have:
Invested more than
$6 millionto support pollinators, including a public-private partnership with Xerces, which has helped restore habitats and protect pollinators on more than 200,000 acres.
Funded initiatives worth more than
$5.5 millionto advance soil health on U.S.agricultural lands through research, perennial crop investments, and supplier and grower partnerships.
People: Encouraging an Inclusive and Engaged Workplace
General Mills actively pursues a culture that acknowledges, respects and values all dimensions of diversity, including gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, backgrounds and beliefs. As of
- 50 percent of professional positions and 35 percent of General Mills officer positions were held by women globally.
Nearly half of the
General MillsBoard of Directors are women and one-third are people of color.
Community: Supporting the Well-Being of People and Planet Worldwide
General Mills and its Foundation make a meaningful impact in global communities through employee volunteerism, investment in food security and recovery, and community giving efforts, including disaster relief.
- This past year, 83 percent of our employees volunteered in their communities.
- General Mills and its Foundation enabled 5.5 billion meals worldwide in 2019 through its philanthropic partners and food donations. Globally, more than 674,000 children at risk of hunger benefitted from 140 million meals in 2019 through General Mills’ support.
- Investments to scale the MealConnect platform have helped recover more than 1.6 billion pounds of surplus food from food-related organizations, including grocers, restaurants and distributors.
- Additionally, the company and its Foundation continually support farming communities by investing in NGO-led programs and initiatives that improve the well-being and resiliency of farmers. These efforts have improved the livelihoods of more than 22,000 smallholder farmers and their families.
For five decades, General Mills has publicly reported its progress in areas of social and environmental importance, demonstrating a longstanding commitment to these areas. The company has continued that commitment in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, announcing enhanced benefits and support for employees and recently, additional funding and operational shifts to fight food insecurity.
About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global food company whose purpose is to make food the world loves. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait,
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