Responsibility

Sustainable sourcing

We are on a mission to conserve and protect the natural resources upon which our business depends.

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Our ultimate goal is to sustainably source the raw materials we use in our products. Our current focus is on increasing the sustainability of the 10 priority agricultural raw materials we source, which represent more than 50 percent of our annual purchases.

We partner with industry groups to advance sustainable sourcing frameworks across our supply chain. Then we pilot scalable solutions and share our findings so others can refine their efforts as well.

Our strategies

  • Increase sustainability of ingredients
  • Improve global water stewardship
  • Improve supplier sustainability 

Evaluating General Mills’ greenhouse gas (GHG) and water footprint
In fiscal 2012, General Mills commissioned a Trucost study of our environmental dependence on natural capital (use of natural resources) across the value chain, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Ingredient production
  • Packaging supply chain
  • Product production
  • Distribution
  • Consumer use

The resulting natural capital assessment, issued in September 2012, shows that nearly two-thirds of GHG emissions and 99 percent of water use occurs outside our own operations in the growing of raw materials and preparation of ingredients we use to produce our products reinforcing the importance of sustainable sourcing.