The development of a sustainable sourcing model is a major step forward in our mission to conserve and protect the natural resources that our company depends on.
In 2011, we worked to complete a comprehensive, in-depth assessment of all the ingredients and materials we buy worldwide. Ingredients and materials were measured against dozens of potential risk categories, such as animal welfare, greenhouse gas emissions, soil loss, water quality and water use.
“We want to be proactive – not reactive in how we source our ingredients.Our business relies on these natural resources, so we need to do everything we can to protect and conserve them.” – Jerry Lynch, General Mills vice president, chief sustainability officer
In addition, because we recognize that General Mills accounts for only a portion of the environmental footprint of our products, we began asking our top suppliers to complete our “supplier scorecard,” which asks for data on:
- Energy use
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Water use
- Solid waste generation associated with the ingredients or materials we use to make our products
With our supplier scorecard, we will be able to make a greater impact on the total environmental footprint.
With the model completed, we are now developing specific strategies for sustainably sourcing ingredients.