General Mills

Annie's, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Blue Buffalo, Bugles, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Dunkaroos, EPIC, Fiber One, Golden Grahams, Good Measure, Green Giant, Haagen-Dazs, Larabar, Liberte, Lucky Charms, Muir Glen, Nature Valley, Old El Paso, Oui, Pillsbury, Progresso, Reese's Puffs, Total, Totino's, Trix, Wheaties, Yoki, Yoplait
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

General Mills scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, General Mills increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. General Mills forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. General Mills launched e-learning training focused on addressing unconscious bias in 2019. The company supports the Equality Act and opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. General Mills opposed legislation in Iowa intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which would prohibit teaching gender identity and sexual orientation to kids in K-3rd grade. Following Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter, General Mills paused its advertising on the platform. General Mills CEO, Jeff Harmening, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media and a corporate partner of the NGLCC. For these reasons, General Mills receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of General Mills

Jeffrey L. Harmening

Jeffrey L. Harmening

Summary:

Headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, General Mills is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Food Beverage and Tobacco industry. Jeffrey L. Harmening and Jeffrey L. Harmening serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $0 to Republican causes and $0 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, General Mills currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
9/26/23GovernanceKenneth SteinerRight to Call a Special Shareholder Meeting for 10% Holdingagainst60.28%
9/27/22EnvironmentalGreen Century Capital ManagementReport on Absolute Plastic Packaging Use ReductionAgainst56.49%
9/27/22GovernanceKenneth SteinerRequire Independent Board ChairAgainst41.75%
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