General Mills follows a four-step sustainable sourcing approach to improve the sustainability of the raw materials we use to make our products.

At General Mills, we continue to make progress toward our commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of our 10 priority ingredients by 2020. These ingredients represent more than 50 percent of our annual raw material purchases.

Our approach is tailored to each ingredient and geography, whether we are working with smallholder farmers in developing economies or larger-scale agriculture in developed economies.

In addition, we know that the protection of human rights through responsible sourcing is critical to our business. Our Policy on Human Rights describes our beliefs and approach.

Performance dashboard 2016 sourcing ingredients

We are moving our raw material supply chain toward more sustainable solutions using a range of approaches, including certification, verification, continuous improvement and origin-direct investment. 


To improve sustainability, we partner with industry groups and non-governmental organizations, including:

  • Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Bonsucro
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • CARE
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Learn more

2016 Annual Report

150 years of growth 

Global Responsibility

2016 report