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DiversityInc's 2016 Top 50 Announcement Dinner & Learning Sessions

April 19 | Cipriani Wall Street | New York City



No. 19 | General Mills | DiversityInc Top 50

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General Mills, on the list for the 11th year, has a commitment to diversity-and-inclusion practices, demonstrated through its strong employee resource groups.

Chairman and CEO Ken Powell signs off on compensation tied directly to diversity goals. His direct reports serve as cross-cultural mentors.

Employees are developed through participation in professional development training, mentoring programs and employee resource groups, which General Mills refers to as employee networks.

Networks include: American Indian Council, Asian Heritage Network, Black Champions Network, Hispanic Network, an LGBT Network, 10 Women’s Networks and a Women’s Officers group. Powell meets with the groups each month, and his direct reports are executive sponsors.

The company also has strong accountability for diversity results, with up to 20 percent of an executive’s individual goals and up to 30 percent of corporate goals linked to diversity-and-inclusion results. Both human-capital and supplier-diversity results are factored into the diversity scorecard.

The Supplier Diversity department supports the business development of diverse suppliers at General Mills. These goals are accomplished by the creation of networking and training opportunities for diverse businesses.


Ken Powell
Chairman and CEO

“At General Mills, we believe it is imperative to attract and retain employees who represent the broad spectrum of society in order for us to drive innovation and effectively connect with consumers around the world. We are honored to be recognized for our consistent commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
Ken Charles
Vice President, Global Inclusion & Staffing

“Embracing diversity helps General Mills secure top talent while driving greater employee engagement and innovation. I am proud to be part of an organization that recognizes the business value of diversity and is dedicated to sustaining an inclusive culture.”


U.S. Headquarters: Minneapolis
Global Employees: 42,000
U.S. Employees: 16,200
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 20

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