Responsibility

Palm oil

General Mills is committed to sourcing palm oil in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

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General Mills continues converting our palm oil supply to sustainable sources in order to reinforce the development of certified sustainable palm oil production.

We are on track to meet our 2015 commitment to source 100 percent of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources. In 2014, 83 percent of our palm oil was sourced through sustainable purchases.

General Mills is a member of and supports the principles of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and RSPO efforts to encourage and certify sustainable palm oil production practices.

To reinforce those principles, General Mills purchases palm oil only from RSPO members – with preference for purchasing RSPO-certified, sustainable palm oil.

To ensure our purchases do not contribute to deforestation of the world’s rainforests, we updated our initial 2010 commitment in our palm oil policy during 2014.

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It was 2014 when we began working with Proforest to trace our palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks and ensure responsible sourcing:

  • Proforest has conducted traceability mapping of our supply chain and commenced the supplier assessment process.
  • Our suppliers have agreed to provide information relating both to the traceability of their palm oil and the measures that they are taking to ensure compliance with our sourcing policy.
  • We will continue working with Proforest to ensure third-party verification of our palm oil supply. 
  • We expect all our palm oil suppliers to confirm their commitment to our palm oil policy by year-end 2015 and to achieve 100 percent traceability of our palm oil supplies by the same date.

Although General Mills is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we believe our purchasing practices can help move the industry forward on sustainable palm oil sourcing.