The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Announcement Event
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General Mills: No. 26 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Company Information

U.S. Headquarters: Minneapolis
Global Employees: 34,500
U.S. Employees: 16,747
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 28

Why It’s on the List


On the list for the ninth time, General Mills continues to have a strong overall submission in an increasingly competitive industry.

The company uses its resource groups for recruitment, on-boarding, talent development and marketing. Its mentoring and other talent-development efforts for underrepresented groups are among the best in the industry. These include a People and Organization Review succession-planning process that pinpoints high-potential women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians, and identifies tools and training as well as roles and experiences they need to get promoted. This process involves a formal review, including a planning session with the CEO and his direct reports.

General Mills has more than 20 formal mentoring programs throughout its U.S. locations. For example, the Manufacturing, Engineering Women’s Group and Sales Women’s Group have mentoring circles for professional women. The Diversity Mentoring Program is aimed at Black, Latino, Asian and LGBT employees in their second and third years at the company.

The Diversity Scorecard defines annual objectives, including specific goals for the officer level. Evaluations of D&I performance are factored into compensation for leaders.

The company has a long history of multicultural philanthropy, with 83 percent of its employees volunteering in their communities.

Diversity Leadership

Ken Powell
Chairman and CEO

“For decades, General Mills has worked to create an inclusive culture that welcomes and values the contributions of all. We believe a diverse, inclusive culture produces a stronger, more engaged workforce and strengthens innovation.”

Ken Charles
Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion

“We appreciate that our people and their unique perspectives are the key to our success. By leveraging our diversity and maintaining an inclusive culture, we will drive innovation, engagement and growth around the world.”