Innovating for a Resilient Future

Innovating for a Resilient Future

  • Overview

    Summary

    As a global food company, General Mills recognizes the risks that climate change presents to humanity, our environment and our livelihoods. Changes in climate not only affect global food security but also impact General Mills’ raw material supply which, in turn, affects our ability to deliver quality, finished product to our consumers and ultimately, value to our shareholders.

    Addressing GHG emissions, reducing climate change impacts and doing our part to address food security challenges will require an innovative, holistic systems approach. Agriculture presents a complex challenge, given volatile externalities like weather, market demand and viable adaptation choices. Risks vary according to crops, growing regions and local markets. An effective approach will require continuous learning and adjustment, as well as balancing multiple interests such as environmental impacts, food security, and farmer livelihoods.

    We recognize that upstream agriculture emissions are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain. For this reason, we intend to focus our efforts on achieving agriculture emissions reductions and will include suppliers in the action plan. General Mills will continue to take the interests of smallholder farmers into consideration as we work to reduce our GHG emissions.

    COMMITMENT
    General Mills will define and disclose a total Supply Chain GHG reduction target and action plan (Scope 1, 2, & 3) with timeframe by August 2015. Our aim is to refresh Scope 1, 2 & 3 targets every 5 years using science-based methodology endorsed by industry and other stakeholders. This approach will take into account implications of achieving a global mean temperature rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    We will discuss our efforts and progress towards establishing a target in our 2015 Global Responsibility Report, planned for release in Spring 2015.

    Our commitment to set broad GHG emissions reduction targets by August 2015 – using science-based methodology – is aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s call to make bold commitments to action for the 2014 Climate Summit.

    Commitment Target(s)
    • 2020 – COMMITMENTGeneral Mills will define and disclose a total Supply Chain GHG reduction target and action plan (Scope 1, 2, & 3) with timeframe by August 2015. Our aim is to refresh Scope 1, 2 & 3 targets every 5 years using science-based methodology endorsed by industry and other stakeholders. This approach will take into account implications of achieving a global mean temperature rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.We will discuss our efforts and progress towards establishing a target in our 2015 Global Responsibility Report, planned for release in Spring 2015.Our commitment to set broad GHG emissions reduction targets by August 2015 – using science-based methodology – is aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s call to make bold commitments to action for the 2014 Climate Summit.

    • Details

      OUR CLIMATE POLICY
      http://www.generalmills.com/ChannelG/Issues/climate_policy.aspx/

      BLOG POST FROM OUR EVP SUPPLY CHAIN RE: COMMITMENTS AND ACTIONS
      http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2014/07/how-the-weather-forecast-impacts-food-supply/

      BLOG POST FROM OUR CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
      http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2014/05/addressing-climate-change/

      BICEP MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
      http://www.ceres.org/press/press-releases/general-mills-joins-bicep-coalition

      OUR 2014 GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT, HIGHLIGHTING EXISTING ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE SOURCING EFFORTS
      https://www.generalmills.com/~/media/Files/CSR/2014_global_respon_report.ashx

      Supporting resources

      Our work to reduce GHG emissions will leverage resources – including human, financial, technical, philanthropic – throughout our value chain.

      Sustainable Development Goals
      2. Zero hunger; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land
      Issue areas
      Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9
      Industry sector(s) that apply to this commitment
      Agriculture and livestock
      Country(s) where this commitment will be implemented
      GLOBAL

      Partners

      Names of committing organisations Names of additional partners

      General Mills will engage with a variety of partners to realize this commitment. Partners will include suppliers, farmers, industry peers, associations, NGOs and other entities as well.

      Note: All organisations listed above are accountable for the commitment made. These organisations are required to complete an annual communication on progress for the duration of the commitment, either jointly or individually, as laid out in the accountability section of the submission form.