Global responsibility

​Issues that are most material to our global responsibility strategy, including several priority issues that were ranked highest by our stakeholders.

We plan to periodically update this assessment to reflect our business and our stakeholders’ expectations.

Based on a materiality assessment conducted in 2013 and updated in 2015, the impact that each issue has on General Mills, and how important it is to external stakeholders that we address each one.


Climate change  Advance strategies to reduce GHG emissions and help mitigate the effects of climate change in agricultural and food production systems
Commodity availability  Maintain reliable access to key commodities and inputs through sustainable sourcing
Corporate governance and ethics Operate with integrity and with the highest standards in oversight, ethics and compliance
Diverse consumer needs
Meet changing consumer needs and diversify our product offerings based on geography, culture, values and economic means
Food safety
Set and maintain high standards for food safety and quality
Health and nutrition wellness Improve the health profile of products and engage in public discussions on healthy and nutritious lifestyles
Communicate openly with key stakeholders on material issues, including through brands
Water stewardship  Manage water resources strategically throughout the value chain


Animal welfare  Ensure the ethical treatment of animals raised by suppliers
Conserve biodiversity through sustainable sourcing practices
Biotechnology   Work to educate the public on use of genetically modified organisms and meet consumer demands for increased information 
Employee well-being  Help employees lead healthier lives through education and support 
Energy use  Manage energy usage and costs throughout the value hain, including agriculture, production, transportation and distribution 
Food security  Improve access to healthy, affordable food for the world’s growing population
Food waste  Address food waste and loss from field to table
Human rights  Respect the human rights of all workers
Packaging footprint
Reduce the environmental impact of packaging
Responsible marketing  Adhere to internal and industry guidelines regarding consumer communications
Smallholder farmers
Support smallholder farmers’ capability and capacity to maintain viable operations
Supply chain relationships  Build and strengthen supplier partnerships across the value chain
Workforce management
Provide competitive benefits, foster a diverse and inclusive culture, and invest in training and development opportunities
Workplace safety
Maintain a safe workplace for our employees, contractors and visitors, with a focus on zero accidents and injuries