Responsibility

Climate

General Mills has long been committed to being part of the solution on climate change.

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Since 2005, we have reduced our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent within our direct operations.

Furthering this commitment, we announced a new goal in August 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our entire value chain – from farm to fork to landfill – during the next 10 years.

Our long term aspiration is to achieve sustainable emission levels in line with scientific consensus by 2050. 

Our goal, developed using science-based methodology, is an ambitious one: a minus-28 percent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.1

We have outlined specific actions that will help us reach our goal, including:

  • Lead the way in our own, direct operations by investing more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy.
  • Partner with our suppliers to accelerate adoption of more sustainable agriculture practices that build climate-resilient, healthy soils. This includes sourcing from an additional 250,000 organic acres globally by 2025.  
  • Help consumers reduce their carbon footprint through products and packaging with smaller footprints: introducing 250 new organic products over the next 10 years, and making sustainability product and packaging improvements to more than 3,000 other products
  • Support climate resiliency of farmers in our supply chain

This work will align with and complement our corporate climate policy, which serves as a framework for our efforts to track and reduce GHG emissions across our broader value chain and requires our key ingredient suppliers to demonstrate environmental, social and economic improvements in their supply chains.

1Versus 2010 baseline



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Global Responsibility

2015 report (PDF)