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Our goal is to continually reduce our environmental footprint.

We focus our efforts on areas where we can have the greatest impact, both within our own operations and outside of them, primarily in agriculture and ingredient production.

Across our global operations, we work to reduce our natural resource consumption.

Additionally, we focus on sustainably sourcing the raw materials we use in our products.

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Our environmental sustainability metrics

We continue to work toward our fiscal 2015 goal of achieving significant, measurable reductions in energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and other sustainability metrics.

In fiscal 2012, our rates improved across all metrics with the exception of water usage. This increase was due to slightly decreased product volumes across our business as well as changes to product mix, which adversely impact all rate-based metrics.

We exceeded our packaging goal and have since reset our 2015 goal to reflect this performance.

In absolute terms, we improved across all dimensions. We remain committed to making progress toward our goals. 


Our approach: measure and reduce
We track our environmental footprint, report progress and work to reduce our global impact. MORE

Organizational responsibility
At General Mills, our Chairman and CEO has ultimate accountability for environmental sustainability performance, which is included in his annual performance objectives. MORE

Training, monitoring and follow-up
On a quarterly basis, our Global Safety and Environment team reviews the company’s compliance status and progress toward sustainability goals with senior management, production facilities and business units. MORE


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2014 report on our progress (pdf) Go
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Deforestation slowing

Brazil’s positive news at Doha conference Go
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'Ageless hippie'

Mother. Gardener. Engineer. Watershed strategist. Go