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General Mills: No. 20 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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On the list for the 10th year, General Mills moves up six spots with strong human-capital results, metrics, philanthropy and employee resource groups.

Under the leadership of CEO Ken Powell and Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Ken Charles, the D&I efforts remain strong. Powell signs off on compensation tied directly to diversity goals, meets with employee resource groups each month and has a personal quote about diversity on the website.

His direct reports are executive sponsors of resource groups and cross-cultural mentors. They also have leadership positions on such multicultural nonprofits as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Teach for America, the Urban League and the National Black MBA Association.

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.

Talent development is a hallmark of the diversity efforts, including mandatory diverse slates for both internal and external recruiters for executive openings.


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 and 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: 41,000

U.S. Employees: 16,101