General Mills is now most improved, having made progress on climate, workers, gender and transparency. It performs strongest on climate and water, but on all the other issues has a long way to go to catch up.
We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...
Progress on this front has been made, General Mills recogizes FPIC in its palm oil policy. But General Mills needs to step up in a big way to create policies that respect land rights of communities.
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General Mills does run projects to support rural women and girls – but fails to recognize specific issues faced by female workers.
It runs projects to support farmers, but General Mills doesn’t know the number of small-scale producers in its supply chain – and doesn’t ask suppliers to protect farmers’ rights
General Mills is committed to ending child and forced labour. It however could improve on other areas such as recognizing the right to earn a living wage.
General Mills has just made a significant leap in its policies on climate change. They will set targets to reduce emissions from agriculture and engage in meaningful calls for climate action through the company’s advocacy efforts.
General Mills has improved its transparency on several counts but still shares last place on transparency with four other companies.
General Mills is refreshingly honest about the water it uses. But it hasn’t set a target for reduction of water use right through its supply chain.