Sustainable sourcing

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


Our goal is to sustainably source the raw materials we use in our products. 

We are committed to sustainably sourcing 100 percent of our 10 priority ingredients by 2020 – representing more than 50 percent of our annual raw material purchases. 

We partner with multi-stakeholder groups to advance sustainable sourcing frameworks, then pilot scalable solutions and share our findings so others can refine their efforts. 

At the same time, we are improving water stewardship and reinforcing socially responsible practices across our extended supply chain.

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In support of General Mills’ long-term, sustainable sourcing strategy, we are making progress toward our commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of our 10 priority ingredients by 2020. 

It was October 2014 when we joined the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, further demonstrating our commitment to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices across our supply chain.

We work with smallholder farmers in developing economies and larger-scale growers in developed economies to address challenges and pursue opportunities unique to each growing region.

Through our focus on sustainable sourcing, we are tackling the areas of greatest environmental impact in our supply chain.

Nearly two-thirds of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 99 percent of water use occur outside General Mills’ operations, primarily in agriculture.

We also advance responsible sourcing practices that respect human rights and protect animal welfare.

Our efforts extend beyond our priority raw materials. 

We hold all our suppliers to the same standards we require of our own operations, as detailed in our updated General Mills Supplier Code of Conduct. 


Global Responsibility Report

2015 (pdf)