General Mills Receives Corporate Citizenship Award
General Mills was awarded the prestigious 2018 Citizen’s Award by the Corporate Citizenship Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in the category of Best Community Improvement Program.
For 19 years, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Awards has honored businesses through this awards program to illustrate how every day businesses serve as a powerful force for good around the world. General Mills was selected from a rigorous selection process with the entry, “Catalyzing Sustainable Communities Through Food Rescue and Recovery” among 300 entries, many of them Fortune 500 companies.
“Taking a lead role in surplus food recovery is a business, moral and sustainability imperative for General Mills that strongly aligns with our company purpose, core values and priorities and one that complements our existing commitments to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and achieve zero waste to landfill by 2025,” said Mary Jane Laird (Melendez), executive director of the General Mills Foundation.
This public recognition for General Mills’ work enabling food recovery around the globe comes at a time when General Mills has been publicly sharing our commitment to helping end food waste worldwide via public pledges including:
- General Mills’ public support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3
- Joining the Champions 12.3 list of the World Resources Institute
- USDA’s Food Waste and Loss Champions
- Supporting the Consumer Goods Forum’s resolution on food waste
This award and the work it represents is strategically aligned to multiple public commitments of General Mills:
- Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction: General Mills will reduce our absolute GHG emissions across our full value chain by 28 percent by 2025.
- Zero Waste – We will achieve zero waste to landfill at 30 percent of our owned production facilities by 2020 and 100 percent by 2025.