Climate change


We are collaborating across our company, value chain and entire industries to help tackle this global challenge.

As a global food company, General Mills recognizes the risks that climate change presents to humanity, our environment and our livelihoods.

Changes in climate not only affect global food security but also impact General Mills’ raw material supply. This influences our ability to deliver quality, finished products to our consumers and ultimately value to our shareholders.

We take a broad approach to addressing this issue.

Our General Mills Policy on Climate, which focuses on mitigation, adaptation, disclosure and advocacy, establishes a framework to track and reduce GHG emissions across our value chain.

Reducing GHG emissions

We are committed to reducing absolute GHG emissions 28 percent by 2025, compared to 2010, across our full value chain – from farm to fork to landfill. Our longer term goal is to achieve sustainable emission levels in line with scientific consensus by 2050.


Effective collaboration across industries and organizations has a critical role in combatting climate change.

Through the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition, we work with other businesses and policymakers to advocate for innovative and impactful climate and clean energy policies.

We are also signatories to the New York Declaration on Forests and the UN Caring for Climate Declaration.

To urge governments worldwide to take meaningful action at COP21, General Mills joined the We Mean Business coalition.

Chairman and CEO Ken Powell joined CEOs of nine other global food companies to release a joint letter on the role of climate change in the food industry.

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