General Mills

Minnesota
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Summary:

General Mills has not publicly canceled any business relationships due to views or beliefs, despite its pledge to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies. The company does not discriminate against religious groups in its charitable giving and does not fund ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression. However, General Mills advocates for the Equality Act and other LGBTQ policies while failing to provide viewpoint protections for its own employees. It has also weaponized its PAC against Republican election objectors. For these reasons, General Mills receives a "Medium Risk" rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

General Mills has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views. The company received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means General Mills has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1).

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Rationale

General Mills’ charitable giving prioritizes food security and education. The company does not discriminate in its giving based on a charity’s religious affiliation (1). According to the most recently available tax filing, General Mills does donate to religious, charitable organizations achieving its charitable goals (2).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

General Mills does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

General Mills has signed open letters supporting the Equality Act and transgender participation in women’s and girls’ sports (1)(2). General Mills signed an open letter opposing a Florida bill that would prevent teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in schools to kids in K-3rd grade (3).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Neither General Mills nor its foundation have corporately funded ideological organizations or causes hostile to freedom of expression (1).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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Rationale

General Mills has not made any contributions to Republican election objectors this election cycle (1).

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March 23, 2023

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