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Aug 27, 2010

General Mills honored by LATINA Style as a great workplace for Latinas

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LATINA Style magazine recently named General Mills to its 2010 LATINA Style 50 Report. The report identifies and recognizes companies which provide the best career opportunities for Hispanic women in the U.S. As one of the 50 companies selected by LATINA Style from a field of more than 800, General Mills was honored for its balance of outstanding career advancement opportunities and supportive work/life balance resources. The company has made the report for ten consecutive years.

“We’re honored that LATINA Style has again recognized General Mills for our commitment to creating a workplace where all employees have the opportunity to advance, develop and pursue their career goals while contributing to our business success,” said Ken Charles, vice president of diversity and inclusion at General Mills.

Programs such as General Mills’ Hispanic Network provide Latinas with a sense of community where they can identify resources, share experiences and network with other Hispanics throughout the company. Next month, the Hispanic Network will host the company’s eighth annual Hispanic Leadership Day, when Hispanic employees from around the world come to General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis to celebrate, network, engage with executives and participate in professional development activities.

Companies were evaluated and selected for the report based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, number of Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations. Evaluations for the 2010 annual report were based on 2009 data.
 
Robert E. Bard, president and CEO of LATINA Style said, “We commend the companies which, despite the economic and market pressures, have made significant efforts to maintain or even increase Latina representation in their upper ranks. We have gone to great lengths to provide a reliable resource for Latinas to evaluate companies, and after a year of research, we firmly believe that the 2010 LATINA Style 50 truly represents some of the best opportunities corporate America has to offer.”

An annual awards ceremony honoring the LATINA Style 50 companies will take place on Feb. 3, 2011 during LATINA Style’s Diversity Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.  For more information on the LATINA Style 50, please visit the magazine’s website.

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

For more information, contact:

Maerenn Jepsen
General Mills
763-764-6364