Responsibility

Volunteerism

Our employees have built a strong legacy of volunteerism.

Our employees contribute their skills and time to achieve results in communities around the world.

General Mills reinforces our employees’ community involvement through flexible giving programs and by supporting their skills-based volunteerism.

Good Works

Founded in 2009, Our Good Works program leverages employees’ on-the-job knowledge for the benefit of our communities worldwide:

  • The program links General Mills marketing and consumer insights professionals around the globe to selected nonprofits.
  • Our employees apply their business skills and passion via pro-bono projects.
  • Since the program’s inception, more than 200 employees have served as Good Works volunteers and completed 45 projects, receiving strong reviews from benefiting nonprofits about the quality and impact of their work.

Good Works submissions are accepted between April and June for projects that begin in November. Email questions and interest to: good.works@genmills.com.

Think Global, Volunteer Local

Our annual Think Global, Volunteer Local initiative is held in conjunction with Earth Day and National Volunteer Week in the U.S. It is part of a broader strategy for employees to connect in meaningful ways with our communities to make a positive impact throughout the year.

The initiative focuses on hunger, nutrition, sustainability and environmental community projects.

Community efforts in 2015 included:

  • In Brazil, community involvement continued to grow with more than 680 participants in 15 cities. Many volunteers helped institutions supported by Mesa Brasil, a food bank that works against hunger and waste. General Mills employees helped prepare and serve food, renovated buildings and participated in activities with children and teenagers.
  • In China, more than 200 General Mills employees from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjin and Sanhe participated in a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from environmental projects to serving meals. For example, employees from Sanhe collected donations for children in Gansu, a poverty stricken area in western China.

Altogether, nearly 2,000 General Mills employees from 60 locations around the world volunteered more than 10,000 hours in their communities.

Many General Mills retirees also volunteer in the community. 

Learn more

Overview

General Mills at a glance (PDF)

2015 Annual Report

Making food people love (PDF)

Global Responsibility

2016 report