Palm oil


General Mills is committed to sourcing palm oil in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Nearly 97 percent of our palm oil supply is traceable to the mill.

We continue converting our palm oil supply to sustainable sources in support of certified sustainable production.

In fiscal 2015, we met our commitment to source all palm oil through sustainable purchases that meet RSPO standards.

We also shifted more of our volume toward mass balance and segregated palm oil – accounting for 87 percent in 2015 – rather than green palm certificates.


The world’s increasing demand for palm oil has led to the expansion of palm plantations and contributed to the deforestation of the world’s rainforests.

Deforestation is having a negative impact on biodiversity, endangered species and the broader environment.

Despite being a highly productive crop that can offer growers a path out of poverty, unsustainable palm oil production practices can also threaten the rights of indigenous peoples.

Development approaches that focus on economic opportunities for smallholder farmers living near palm refineries have the potential to improve livelihoods and encourage sustainable farming practices while protecting biodiversity.


General Mills is helping lead the industry toward greater sustainability. Our strategies include:

  • Updating our initial commitment with our 2014 palm oil statement, as part of our concern about deforestation in palm growing regions and to ensure our purchases do not contribute to deforestation.
  • Helping lead the industry toward greater sustainability by moving with our supplier base toward a more traceable supply. In 2015, we continued working with Proforest to trace our palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks and ensure responsible sourcing.
  • Committing to support RSPO NEXT, as part of our membership in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to continue advancing palm oil production sustainability. RSPO NEXT is a voluntary initiative involving member companies – palm product producers, suppliers and users – whose policies and actions exceed current RSPO requirements and who are interested in increasing transparency by implementing a rigorous third-party review process.

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2016 Annual Report

150 years of growth 

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