Giving back

Creating a global wave of good

General Mills employees returned to in-person volunteering this spring. They supported their communities with a focus on taking care of the planet and alleviating hunger.
Employees at The Food Group during Global Volunteer Week

Giving back through the pandemic

General Mills employees care deeply about their communities. In fact, more than 80 percent of our employees worldwide report volunteering in their communities, sharing their time and talent in ways that serve both people and the planet.  

Over the course of the pandemic, employees found new ways to stay connected to their communities.  

General Mills provided opportunities for employees to complete projects at home, such as sending cards, food, and other support to the organizations and neighbors that needed them most. 

At times, larger groups were able to come together, outside and at a safe distance, to pack school supply kits, snack packs, and food boxes for those in need.  

Global Volunteer Week sparks broad impact 

This spring, the company launched a renewed Global Volunteer Week.  

The annual engagement provides robust global volunteer events, ranging from in-person, virtual and educational activities for all employees. Each activity was selected with employee, community, and need in mind while being centered on taking care of the planet and alleviating hunger, along with building equitable, just communities.   

For the eighth consecutive year, General Mills was recently recognized on The Civic 50 list as one of America‚Äôs most community-minded companies. The award, presented by Points of Light, measures a company's efforts on employee volunteerism, grantmaking and social justice.  

From Minneapolis to Mumbai, our volunteer efforts demonstrated the power of our international workforce.  

For example, in Australia, over 50 team members volunteered at four different events. They helped regenerate natural areas with Landcare Australia and supported people in need through St. Kilda Mums and the Red Cross.  

“At General Mills, we empower our employees to build strong, equitable and resilient communities,” says Nancy Bergren, program lead, Employee Engagement, General Mills. “It takes many hands and dedicated partners to make a difference. We are proud of the collective impact we made across the globe.”

At General Mills, volunteering goes on year-round in big and small ways. To learn more about our community work, check out our latest Global Responsibility Report.