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  • Overall approach
    9/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil; Pulp & Paper
      "As an initial step to help ensure our palm oil purchases do not contribute to deforestation of the world’s rainforests or negatively impact the communities and habitats that depend on them, we have sourced 100 percent of our palm oil as RSPO certified sustainable since 2015; in 2018 we achieved 98% of volumes as physically certified. Our Statement on Palm Oil Sourcing lays out clear principles we expect of direct suppliers, to ensure that they are in line with industry best practices." [...] Fiber: General Mills has a target to source 100 percent of our fiber packaging by 2020 from recycled material or from virgin wood fiber regions that do not contribute to deforestation. In fiscal 2018, 99.5 percent of our fiber purchases met this criteria"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "In addition to our climate policy, General Mills has signed the New York Declaration on Forests" "We also supportthe Soy Moratorium commitment to notpurchase soy from lands that have beendeforested in the Amazon biome after July2006" "We have been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2008"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Healthy forests play a critical role in storingcarbon, so we are working to addressdeforestation in our fiber, cocoaand palm oil supply chains [...] Forests play a critical role in ecosystems.They act as carbon sinks, filter and storewater, and provide a home for countlessplant and animal species."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper
      "At General Mills, our Chairman CEO has ultimate accountability for sustainability, which is included in his annual performance objectives and impacts his compensation. He convenes the Sustainability Governance Committee three times each year to review and approve strategies, programs and key investments.Oversight of the company's sustainability work is provided by the General Mills Board of Director's Public Responsibility Committee, which regularly reviews the company's sustainability objectives and performance." - this includes deforestation-related commitments for palm oil, packaging and cocoa supply chains
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes for at least one commodity
      0/0
      "At General Mills, our Chairman andChief Executive Officer has ultimateaccountability for sustainability, whichis included in his annual performanceobjectives and impacts his compensation."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "Address GHG emissions due to land use change through sustainable sourcing efforts in key supply chains and growing regions for General Mills ingredients at high risk for deforestation and land degradation including palm oil, fiber packaging and cocoa. [...] General Mills was the first company across any sector to set a science-based target initiative (SBTi) commitment in 2015 for GHG reduction of 28% across our entire value-chain out to Scope 3 (agriculture) by 2025 and to sustainable emissions levels in line with scientific consensus by 2050. We are committed to improving our most at-risk global watersheds within key growing and operating regions."
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 8,980,000MT

      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: Location based method
      "General Mills worked with Quantis, a sustainability and life-cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm, to calculate our company’s GHG emissions footprint. [...] Agriculture and transformation represents the largest source of GHG emissions across our value chain, so it is central to our reduction efforts."
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    39/84
    • Palm oil
      56/84
      • Commitment Strength
        23/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes [...] We have continued to maintain that performance year on year, including a purchasing shift toward mass balance and segregated oil and away from certificates."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes [...] We have continued to maintain that performance year on year, including a purchasing shift toward mass balance and segregated oil and away from certificates."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes [...] We have continued to maintain that performance year on year, including a purchasing shift toward mass balance and segregated oil and away from certificates."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes and we have continued to maintain that performance year on year [...] Our 2018 statement on Palm Oil Sourcing strengthens the principles we expect of direct suppliers and ensure that they are in line with industry best-practice. Specific revisions and expectations of our supply base include: Application of the integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCS)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes and we have continued to maintain that performance year on year [...] Our 2018 statement on Palm Oil Sourcing strengthens the principles we expect of direct suppliers and ensure that they are in line with industry best-practice. Specific revisions and expectations of our supply base include: Application of the integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCS)"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes and we have continued to maintain that performance year on year [...] Our 2018 statement on Palm Oil Sourcing strengthens the principles we expect of direct suppliers and ensure that they are in line with industry best-practice. Specific revisions and expectations of our supply base include: Application of the integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCS)"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current (see 3.2)
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to Processing Facility - checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to Processing Facility - checks compliance
            4/4
            "We agree that mill list transparency across the sector is a necessary requirement for effective monitoring, and in 2018 we made public our global supplier mill list and will continue to update this on an annual basis." [...] "In 2019, we continued working with Proforest to trace our palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks and ensure responsible and sustainable sourcing. At the end of 2019, 99% of our palm oil volume was categorized as traceable to the extraction mill"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We agree that mill list transparency across the sector is a necessary requirement for effective monitoring, and in 2018 we made public our global supplier mill list and will continue to update this on an annual basis." [...] "In 2019, we continued working with Proforest to trace our palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks and ensure responsible and sustainable sourcing. At the end of 2019, 99% of our palm oil volume was categorized as traceable to the extraction mill"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            "We agree that mill list transparency across the sector is a necessary requirement for effective monitoring, and in 2018 we made public our global supplier mill list and will continue to update this on an annual basis." [...] "In 2019, we continued working with Proforest to trace our palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks and ensure responsible and sustainable sourcing. At the end of 2019, 99% of our palm oil volume was categorized as traceable to the extraction mill"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We also expect our suppliers to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct [...] We are guided by the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and we are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. At a minimum, we expect you to uphold these standards: Forced labor - You will not use involuntary labor or require payment of fees or the surrendering of identification as a condition of employment. All employees will understand the terms of their employment. Child labor - You will not employ children less than 15 years of age, or 14 years of age where local law allows. Young employees under the age of 18 will not work at night, in hazardous conditions or in work that interferes with schooling. Freedom of association and collective bargaining - You will recognize and respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Anti-discrimination and fair treatment - You will treat employees with respect. There will be no unlawful discrimination, harassment or abuse of any kind."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Other
          "Our 2018 statement on Palm Oil Sourcing strengthens the principles we expect of direct suppliers and ensure that they are in line with industry best-practice. Specific revisions and expectations of our supply base include: [...] Measures to include smallholders in the supply chain"
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "For more than 20 years, General Mills has been dedicated to establishing and growing successful business relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses, which provide important raw materials for our products as well as logistics, marketing and consulting services, among other things."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "We work within a large, diverse value chain of business partners and stakeholders. We recognize that each entity in this value chain has its own independent duty to respect human rights. We expect them to adhere to ethical business conduct consistent with our own. We are committed to working with our business partners and stakeholders to fulfill this common goal. Consistent with the principles set forth in our Employee Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct, we: Recognize the importance of land rights as well as the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as outlined in our Palm Oil Statement.Support implementation of FPIC by national authorities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        20/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            (Downstream only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 Not specified

            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes [...] We have continued to maintain that performance year on year, including a purchasing shift toward mass balance and segregated oil and away from certificates."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            2020 Global Responsibility Report states that in 2019, General Mills purchased 86,603 tons of RSPO-certified palm oil, which accounted for 100% of its palm oil supply. "In fiscal 2015, we met ourcommitment to source all palm oilthrough sustainable purchases thatmeet Roundtable on Sustainable PalmOil (RSPO) standards, and we havemaintained that performance throughfiscal 2019. We have continued to shifttoward mass balance and segregatedpalm oil – accounting for 99% of ourpurchases in 2019 – and away fromcertificates"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            What percentage of the commodity volume in the company's supply chain is traceable to applicable supply chain levels (e.g. direct suppliers/processing facility/production unit)?: 99%

            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "We agree that mill list transparency across the sector is a necessary requirement for effective monitoring, and in 2018 we made public our global supplier mill list and will continue to update this on an annual basis." [...] "In 2019, we continued working with Proforest to trace our palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks and ensure responsible and sustainable sourcing. At the end of 2019, 99% of our palm oil volume was categorized as traceable to the extraction mill"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%
            "In 2010, we made a commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. This goal was achieved in 2015 through the purchase of RSPO certified volumes [...] We have continued to maintain that performance year on year, including a purchasing shift toward mass balance and segregated oil and away from certificates."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            2020 Global Responsibility Report states that in 2019, General Mills purchased 86,603 tons of RSPO-certified palm oil, which accounted for 100% of its palm oil supply. "In fiscal 2015, we met ourcommitment to source all palm oilthrough sustainable purchases thatmeet Roundtable on Sustainable PalmOil (RSPO) standards, and we havemaintained that performance throughfiscal 2019. We have continued to shifttoward mass balance and segregatedpalm oil – accounting for 99% of ourpurchases in 2019 – and away fromcertificates"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 Tier 1 only
          "After conducting a high-level risk assessment and segmentation of 2,300 Tier 1 direct supplier* facilities worldwide, we identified about 1,200 facilities that have inherent risk, based on environmental, social and governance factors. We also assessed suppliers that provide raw materials or ingredients covered by our sustainable sourcing goals, as well as natural and organic products"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Own mechanism - email and phone on their website

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes
          "To report a concern, talk to your General Mills representative or contact the General Mills Ethics Line at generalmillsethics.ethicspoint.com. US, Canada, Puerto Rico phone number: 1-800-210-2878. Reporters may choose to be anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 86,603 tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          2020 Global Responsibility Report states that in 2019, General Mills purchased 86,603 tons of RSPO-certified palm oil, which accounted for 100% of its palm oil supply.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes
          "We agree that mill list transparency across the sector is a necessary requirement for effective monitoring, and in 2018 we made public our global supplier mill list and will continue to update this on an annual basis. General Mills global direct palm oil suppliers(as of April 24, 2019): AAK, ADM, Agropalma, Bunge Loders Croklaan, Cargill, Fuji, Soya Hellas, Stratas Foods. We are pleased to see that the vast majority of our direct suppliers have done the same and, where they haven’t, we will continue to encourage them to do so." General Mills also publishes a global supplier mill list.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "In 2017, with support from Proforest, General Mills began engaging its direct suppliers in review of their level of alignment with, and progress in implementing, our sustainable sourcing principles. The aim is to build up an accurate picture of how our suppliers are performing and where there may be gaps or opportunities for improvement across our key sourcing principles. This information is then fed into our annual supplier review process."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the sustainable sourcing principles

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Annual supplier process reviews and evaluations
          "In 2017, with support from Proforest, General Mills began engaging its direct suppliers in review of their level of alignment with, and progress in implementing, our sustainable sourcing principles. The aim is to build up an accurate picture of how our suppliers are performing and where there may be gaps or opportunities for improvement across our key sourcing principles. This information is then fed into our annual supplier review process. [...] "we expect our direct suppliers to robustly manage their own supply chains to ensure palm volumes supplied to General Mills meet or exceed our standards. In cases where there is verified non-compliance with our policy, or where there is continued failure to remediate verified non-compliance in a timely manner, we take steps to remove those producers from our supply chain."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: Yes
          "Due to unresolved concerns about the social and environmental record of Indofoods and Salim Group companies, General Mills has instructed its suppliers to remove palm oil originating from these companies from its supply chain."
    • Pulp & Paper
      36/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "General Mills willsource 100 percent of our fiberpackaging by 2020 from recycledmaterial or from virgin wood fiberregions that are known to notbe contributing to deforestation(any high-risk regions will beindependently verified)." [...] "In fiscal 2019, we reassessed our purchases in Asia to better understand risk and available certifications. We plan to convert all remaining, high-risk region volume to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mix or better in 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "General Mills will source 100 percent of our fiber packaging by 2020 from recycledmaterial or from virgin wood fiber regions that are known to not be contributing to deforestation (any high-risk regions will be independently verified)." [...] "In fiscal 2019, we reassessed our purchases in Asia to better understand risk and available certifications. We plan to convert all remaining, high-risk region volume to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mix or better in 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Conversion of the remaining high-risk volume from Asia to FSC standard in 2020
            "General Mills will source 100 percent of our fiber packaging by 2020 from recycledmaterial or from virgin wood fiber regions that are known to not be contributing to deforestation (any high-risk regions will be independently verified)." [...] "In fiscal 2019, we reassessed our purchases in Asia to better understand risk and available certifications. We plan to convert all remaining, high-risk region volume to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mix or better in 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs; Use of alternative fibres
            "For fiber packaging, General Mills has a target to source 100 percent by 2020 from recycled material or from virgin wood fiber regions where there is demonstrably low risk of any deforestation. We follow pulp, paper and packaging sourcing guidelines developed by the Consumer Goods Forum. In 2018, 99% of our fiber packaging supply is considered at low risk of contributing to global deforestation because the packaging uses either recycled materials or virgin fiber that is sourced from regions where deforestation is not occurring." "Wood fiber optimization x Efficient use: Use of forest materials should be optimized while also meeting safety, regulatory, performance and cost requirements. x Recycled content:Use of recycled forest materials should be optimized while also meeting safety, regulatory, performance and cost requirements. x Alternative fibers:Use of alternative fibers should consider the full life cycle impacts, food security impacts and impacts to biodiversity to avoid unintended environmental /social impacts."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "For fiber packaging, General Mills has a target to source 100 percent by 2020 from recycled material or from virgin wood fiber regions where there is demonstrably low risk of any deforestation. We follow pulp, paper and packaging sourcing guidelines developed by the Consumer Goods Forum. In 2018, 99% of our fiber packaging supply is considered at low risk of contributing to global deforestation because the packaging uses either recycled materials or virgin fiber that is sourced from regions where deforestation is not occurring." "Wood fiber optimization x Efficient use: Use of forest materials should be optimized while also meeting safety, regulatory, performance and cost requirements. x Recycled content:Use of recycled forest materials should be optimized while also meeting safety, regulatory, performance and cost requirements. x Alternative fibers:Use of alternative fibers should consider the full life cycle impacts, food security impacts and impacts to biodiversity to avoid unintended environmental /social impacts."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We also expect our suppliers to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct [...] We are guided by the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and we are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. At a minimum, we expect you to uphold these standards: Forced labor - You will not use involuntary labor or require payment of fees or the surrendering of identification as a condition of employment. All employees will understand the terms of their employment. Child labor - You will not employ children less than 15 years of age, or 14 years of age where local law allows. Young employees under the age of 18 will not work at night, in hazardous conditions or in work that interferes with schooling. Freedom of association and collective bargaining - You will recognize and respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Anti-discrimination and fair treatment - You will treat employees with respect. There will be no unlawful discrimination, harassment or abuse of any kind."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Economic
          "This is where we can achieve the greatest reduction in our environmental footprint while ensuring the long-term availability of ingredients.?For this reason, we have been committed since 2014 to sustainably sourcing our 10 priority ingredients by 2020, representing 40 percent of our total buy.?This includes sustainable agriculture investments to improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of smallholder farmers who are less prepared to adapt to climate-related risks."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "For more than 20 years, General Mills has been dedicated to establishing and growing successful business relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses, which provide important raw materials for our products as well as logistics, marketing and consulting services, among other things."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "We work within a large, diverse value chain of business partners and stakeholders. We recognize that each entity in this value chain has its own independent duty to respect human rights. We expect them to adhere to ethical business conduct consistent with our own. We are committed to working with our business partners and stakeholders to fulfill this common goal. Consistent with the principles set forth in our Employee Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct, we: Recognize the importance of land rights as well as the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as outlined in our Palm Oil Statement.Support implementation of FPIC by national authorities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            " 99.5% of the fiber packagingGeneral Mills purchased in fiscal 2019was sustainably sourced. [...] Ninety-nine percent of our fiber packaging supply is considered at low risk for contributing to global deforestation because the packaging uses either recycled materials or virginfiber that is sourced from regions wheredeforestation is not occurring. Theremaining 1% is sourced from countriesconsidered at high risk, including China [...] In fiscal 2019, we reassessedour purchases in Asia to betterunderstand risk and availablecertifications. We plan to convert allremaining, high-risk region volumeto Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) mix or better in 2020."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: internal
            0.7/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: internal
            0.7/1.3
            "We continue to increase the sustainability of fiber packaging, sugarcane and palm oil by working across the industry toimprove practices, and we validate progress by using verification in high-risk regions."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Own mechanism - email and phone on their website

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Not for paper (they do for palm oil)
          "To report a concern, talk to your General Mills representative or contact the General Mills Ethics Line at generalmillsethics.ethicspoint.com. US, Canada, Puerto Rico phone number: 1-800-210-2878. Reporters may choose to be anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We are developing a process forincreasing transparency around the fiberwe source from China. This frameworkbuilds on the work we did in 2014 with theRainforest Alliance, which revealed that 20percent of the fiber we obtain from China iscompliant with sustainable sourcing criteria,40 percent is considered medium risk and40 percent is at higher risk of contributing todeforestation. Our sourcing team in China isworking to identify areas of nonconformanceand work with those suppliers to developstrategies for achieving compliance – ortransition fiber purchases to sources thatmeet our sustainable sourcing criteria."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Working with suppliers to develop strategies

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "Our sourcing team in China isworking to identify areas of nonconformanceand work with those suppliers to developstrategies for achieving compliance – ortransition fiber purchases to sources thatmeet our sustainable sourcing criteria."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      24/84
      • Commitment Strength
        6/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/17
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "Soy: Soy is one example of our extended sustainable sourcing focus. General Mills is committed to sustainable soy production practices. We adhere to the Consumer Goods Forum soy sourcing guidelines to help meet industry commitments to stop deforestation by 2020. We also support the Soy Moratorium commitment to not purchase soy from lands that have been deforested in the Amazon biome after July 2006. The majority of the soy General Mills purchases is sourced from the U.S. – not an area at risk for deforestation." [...] "For other commodities often associated with deforestation such as soy, meat and dairy, our exposure to regions at high risk of deforestation are minimal. While we operate businesses around the globe, most of our ingredients support our North American and European operations where we work with local suppliers, farmers and ranchers. For soy, over 99% is sourced from North American origins that pose no risk for deforestation. Soy products for animal feed are purchased almost exclusively from U.S. and/or other origins with minimal to zero deforestation risk."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 not specified

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only applies to American Soy

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "Soy: Soy is one example of our extended sustainable sourcing focus. General Mills is committed to sustainable soy production practices. We adhere to the Consumer Goods Forum soy sourcing guidelines to help meet industry commitments to stop deforestation by 2020. We also support the Soy Moratorium commitment to not purchase soy from lands that have been deforested in the Amazon biome after July 2006. The majority of the soy General Mills purchases is sourced from the U.S. – not an area at risk for deforestation." "For other commodities often associated with deforestation such as soy, meat and dairy, our exposure to regions at high risk of deforestation are minimal. While we operate businesses around the globe, most of our ingredients support our North American and European operations where we work with local suppliers, farmers and ranchers. For soy, over 99% is sourced from North American origins that pose no risk for deforestation. Soy products for animal feed are purchased almost exclusively from U.S. and/or other origins with minimal to zero deforestation risk."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Soy: Soy is one example of our extended sustainable sourcing focus. General Mills is committed to sustainable soy production practices. We adhere to the Consumer Goods Forum soy sourcing guidelines to help meet industry commitments to stop deforestation by 2020. We also support the Soy Moratorium commitment to not purchase soy from lands that have been deforested in the Amazon biome after July 2006. The majority of the soy General Mills purchases is sourced from the U.S. – not an area at risk for deforestation." [...] "For other commodities often associated with deforestation such as soy, meat and dairy, our exposure to regions at high risk of deforestation are minimal. While we operate businesses around the globe, most of our ingredients support our North American and European operations where we work with local suppliers, farmers and ranchers. For soy, over 99% is sourced from North American origins that pose no risk for deforestation. Soy products for animal feed are purchased almost exclusively from U.S. and/or other origins with minimal to zero deforestation risk."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We also expect our suppliers to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct [...] We are guided by the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and we are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. At a minimum, we expect you to uphold these standards: Forced labor - You will not use involuntary labor or require payment of fees or the surrendering of identification as a condition of employment. All employees will understand the terms of their employment. Child labor - You will not employ children less than 15 years of age, or 14 years of age where local law allows. Young employees under the age of 18 will not work at night, in hazardous conditions or in work that interferes with schooling. Freedom of association and collective bargaining - You will recognize and respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Anti-discrimination and fair treatment - You will treat employees with respect. There will be no unlawful discrimination, harassment or abuse of any kind."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Economic
          "This is where we can achieve the greatest reduction in our environmental footprint while ensuring the long-term availability of ingredients.?For this reason, we have been committed since 2014 to sustainably sourcing our 10 priority ingredients by 2020, representing 40 percent of our total buy.?This includes sustainable agriculture investments to improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of smallholder farmers who are less prepared to adapt to climate-related risks."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "For more than 20 years, General Mills has been dedicated to establishing and growing successful business relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses, which provide important raw materials for our products as well as logistics, marketing and consulting services, among other things."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "We work within a large, diverse value chain of business partners and stakeholders. We recognize that each entity in this value chain has its own independent duty to respect human rights. We expect them to adhere to ethical business conduct consistent with our own. We are committed to working with our business partners and stakeholders to fulfill this common goal. Consistent with the principles set forth in our Employee Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct, we: Recognize the importance of land rights as well as the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as outlined in our Palm Oil Statement.Support implementation of FPIC by national authorities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2006
          "We also support the Soy Moratorium commitment to not purchase soy from lands that have been deforested in the Amazon biome after July 2006. The majority of the soy General Mills purchases is sourced from the U.S. – not an area at risk for deforestation."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Own mechanism - email and phone on their website

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Not for soy (they do for palm oil)
          "To report a concern, talk to your General Mills representative or contact the General Mills Ethics Line at generalmillsethics.ethicspoint.com. US, Canada, Puerto Rico phone number: 1-800-210-2878. Reporters may choose to be anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    15/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    12/18
    Avg. score

Profile

General Mills is an American company that manufactures and distributes baking products, ready meals, ice cream, cereals, snacks, soup, and yoghurt among other products. With sales in six continents it offers over 100 brands, including Yoplait, Betty Crocker, and Cheerios. General Mills Inc. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Immaculate Baking, Jus-Rol, Knack & Back, Pillsbury, Yoki, Cascadian Farms, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Kix, Lucky Charms, Monsters, Total, Trix, Wheaties, Haagen-Dazs, Annie's, Green Giant, helper, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Mountain High, Muir Glen, Annie's, Latina, Nature Valley, Epic, Fruit Snacks, Yoplait

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