MINNEAPOLIS, MN — General Mills today released its annual Global Responsibility Report, highlighting actions and progress made across three priority areas – Planet, People and Food – during its 2022 fiscal year, June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. The report details how General Mills is Standing for Good, a core pillar of its Accelerate strategy, and marks the company’s 53rd year of transparent reporting on its environmental and societal impact.
“For more than 150 years, General Mills has been guided by the belief that doing good and good business are not mutually exclusive. We’ve proven year-over-year, including throughout an unprecedented global pandemic, that they go hand-in-hand,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO, General Mills. “We are more committed than ever to ensuring the G in General Mills stands for Good, and our focus on people and planet remains central to how we operate.”
Standing for Planet
General Mills has developed a new climate plan to guide its ongoing work to drive progress toward its goals and across its key climate levers, including regenerative agriculture, dairy, deforestation, renewable electricity, and transportation efficiency. The company has set a series of strategic Planet commitments, including reducing greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions across its value chain by 30 percent by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Because the majority of its climate footprint falls outside of its direct operations, the company’s goals reach beyond its own walls, addressing Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
While only five percent of General Mills’ GhG footprint comes from its owned operations, the company is driving significant reductions here. Since 2020, the company has reduced GhG emissions from its owned operations by 49 percent, including a 26 percent reduction in fiscal 2022. With this progress, the company has met and exceeded its 2030 Scope 1 and Scope 2 Science Based Target goals.
Collective action and collaboration across its value chain are critical to addressing the company’s Scope 3 emissions. To successfully advance decarbonization strategies, General Mills has built new ways of working and new teams across the company. The company has a central climate team, as well as GhG lever teams, each of which are focused on one area of its carbon footprint, including dairy, transportation, and supplier engagement.
General Mills plans to report both challenges and progress against its climate plan annually to provide transparent insight into the company’s work and foster a learning environment for its own business and industry peers.
“A healthy planet is critical for General Mills to continue making food the world loves, and climate change is putting our ability to do so at risk,” said Mary Jane Melendez, chief sustainability and global impact officer, General Mills. “While we have more work to do, we’ve made tremendous progress to better understand our environmental impacts and how we can most effectively reduce them across our full value chain.”
Additional progress against Planet commitments in fiscal 2022 includes:
- Advancing regenerative agriculture: Adoption of regenerative techniques on more than 120,700 new acres of farmland, for a total of 235,700 acres;
- Transitioning to renewable electricity: Successfully sourced 87 percent renewable electricity across its global owned operations;
- Designing recyclable and reusable packaging: Ninety-two percent of packaging for its North America Retail and North America Foodservice operating segments was recyclable or reusable (by weight); and
- Achieving zero waste to landfill status: Six additional global production facilities achieved zero waste to landfill status, totaling 17 (41 percent) of General Mills’ owned facilities.