Sustainability and responsibility remain top priorities for suppliers and buyers, especially as consumers become more conscientious about the products they purchase. One name keeping these values in mind is General Mills. The brand recently released its 2022 Global Responsibility Report, highlighting progress made against environmental and social commitments in the 2021 fiscal year, which ended May 30, 2021.
“Since our founding, General Mills has believed doing good and good business should go hand-in-hand,” said Jeff Harmening, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “These past few years have challenged us to do more, and I’m proud to say that we met the moment. We have nourished more families, provided extra care for our hometown communities, supported our employees in new ways, and advanced our efforts to regenerate our planet. Our scale brings both opportunity and responsibility, and we’re more determined than ever to ensure the ‘G’ in General Mills stands for Good.”
The annual update, which marks 52 years of reporting for the company, showcases actions and outcomes across four priority areas: Planet, People, Community, and Food.
According to the release, General Mills accelerated the farmer-led movement to advance regenerative agriculture in fiscal 2021, with more than 115,000 acres total enrolled in its program.
Additionally, the company gave $98 million to charitable causes and spent $318 million with diverse suppliers in the United States, representing minority, women, veteran, disability, and LGBTQ+-owned businesses.
“General Mills continues to play a leadership role, working from the ground up to solve today’s food and agriculture challenges,” said Mary Jane Melendez, Chief Sustainability and Global Impact Officer. “We’re investing beyond our supply chain and working in key areas where we source our ingredients to drive meaningful impact. We believe regenerative agriculture is the most promising solution to reach our climate goals and create positive planet outcomes, and we’re committed to further advancing this work.”
Key topics outlined in the report included:
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