• General Mills manufactures breakfast cereal, yogurts, baking mixes, dinner mixes, fruit snacks and grain snacks, among other products.
• The company has done some great things including committing to the use of whole grains in all of its cereals and investing $2 million to create 150 jobs at Siyeza, Inc., a company where ownership stake opportunities are offered to employees.
• General Mills has not provided transparent information about its use of genetically engineered products and has fought proposed regulations requiring the labeling of GMO foods.
• General Mills received a low score from Ceres regarding the company's step to address climate change.
• Use Go Green and focus on supporting organic producers by buying cereals and other products made without GMOs.
-- Profile Updated 07/07/2010
About General Mills
General Mills manufactures breakfast cereal, yogurts, baking mixes, dinner mixes, fruit snacks and grain snacks, among other products. In 2007, the Minneapolis-based company employed 28,100 people and reported sales of $12.4 billion. GM is the 6th largest food company.
General Mills Palm Oil Causes Rainforest Destruction
Do something to stop General Mills from producing Palm oil that destroys rainforest in Papa New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Please write a letter to General Mills CEO Mr. Kendall Powell and let him know that you don’t want any Palm Oil in General Mills products.
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Ethics and Governance
According to GM, they donate five percent of their profits (pre-taxes) to philanthropic and charitable causes. They were also ranked number 3 in “100 Best Corporate Citizens” in 2010.
-- General Mill , 07/07/2010
Source URL: www.generalmills.com/en/Responsibility.aspx
GM completes only one of three reduction goals. GM was able to reduce their solid waste management by 24.5 percent since 2005 but failed to meet their water and energy consumption goal. GM reduced water consumption by 2.2 percent and energy consumption by 2.4 percent in the last five years. This reduction are very insignificant and hopefully GM will do more in the future to reduce consumption in these areas.
-- Environmental Leader, 04/15/2010
General Mill’s product found using ingredients that are destructing rainforest in Indonesia. Palm oil in GM products has created destructive agricultural practices, deforestation, and loss of biological diversity in Indonesia according to a recent report. Over 100 General Mills products contain this palm oil, which is contributing to CO2 emissions and green house gases.
-- Examiner, 01/20/2010
Ethics and Governance
The FDA has ruled that Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Cereal, a General Mills product, has violated code. Cheerios has claimed that this cereal can be used to help prevent and treat diseases. In order to make such a bold claim the company must fill out a new drug application. General Mill making such a claim is “prescription-like” and suggests that you can take and prevent or cure diseases if you pop a pill of cheerios every morning.
-- Washington Times, 06/21/2009
In 2006, Stephen W. Sanger, Chairman and CEO of General Mills, received over $6.4 million in total compensation including stock option grants from General Mills.
-- Business Week, 04/05/2006
General Mills was part of the Coalition Again$t the Costly Labeling Law, a group of companies that worked against Oregon’s Measure 27, which would have required the labeling of GMO products sold in that state. The company donated over $88,900 to defeat the Measure.
-- Statesman Journal, 10/22/2002
Source URL: none available
Health and Safety
In the US, General Mills continues to market unlabeled genetically modified ingredients in its food, including products specifically targeted towards children such as various cereals. The list includes General Mills products under the brands of Nature Valley, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Pop Secret, and others.
-- True Food Now, 12/01/2003
Source URL: www.truefoodnow.org
General Mills is not standing up to their social and environmental commitments. Destruction of rainforest areas in Southeast Asia can be strongly linked to the company. Common products like Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Toaster Strudel contain unsustainable palm oil.
-- Rainforest Action Network, 01/19/2010
A 2006 CERES report titled "Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection," commissioned by Investor Responsibility Resource Center, details a comprehensive measurement of how 100 leading global companies are responding to global warming. Through an evaluation of board oversight, management performance, public disclosure, emissions accounting, and strategic performance, to address climate change, the companies were evaluated on a 0 to 100 scale. General Mills scored a total of 22 points.
-- CERES, 03/01/2006