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General Mills 37/100

(NYSE:GIS) 6 of 20 (2016)

General Mills Inc. (General Mills) demonstrates above average disclosure relative to its benchmark peers of its policies and practices aimed at addressing forced labor risks in its supply chain, ranking sixth on the benchmark overall. The company's performance is driven by its disclosure of its traceability and risk assessment processes and outcomes, its practice of cascading supply chain standards, and its prohibition of recruitment fees in its supply chain. The company is encouraged to strengthen its approach to responsible recruitment in its supply chain, disclose evidence that it ensures supply chain workers' voices are heard, and disclose its processes for providing remedy to supply chain workers whose rights have been violated.

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37 /100

2016 Ranking: 6 of 20

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General Mills was evaluated both in 2016, when it ranked sixth out of 20 companies, and in 2018, when it ranked 14th out of 38 companies. Compared to 2016, General Mills dropped two points, from 37/100 to 35/100 in 2018. However, since 2016, the company has improved by disclosing details on its managerial structure on responsible sourcing, requiring its buyers to review their suppliers' sustainability practices and to assess forced labor risks at potential suppliers, and including worker interviews as part of its audits.

METHODOLOGY

35

The average score for the sector was 30/100, matching the average score in the 2016 benchmark. Compared to 2016, the number of companies assessed in 2018 increased from 20 to 38. Since 2016 the methodology has been strengthened, making it harder for companies to achieve the same score. The 19 companies benchmarked in both 2016 and 2018 saw their average score increase from 30/100 to 33/100, which is positive given the changes to the methodology.

2018 BENCHMARK

2016

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General Mills was evaluated both in 2016, when it ranked sixth out of 20 companies, and in 2018, when it ranked 14th out of 38 companies. Compared to 2016, General Mills dropped two points, from 37/100 to 35/100 in 2018. However, since 2016, the company has improved by disclosing details on its managerial structure on responsible sourcing, requiring its buyers to review their suppliers' sustainability practices and to assess forced labor risks at potential suppliers, and including worker interviews as part of its audits.

METHODOLOGY

2018

35

The average score for the sector was 30/100, matching the average score in the 2016 benchmark. Compared to 2016, the number of companies assessed in 2018 increased from 20 to 38. Since 2016 the methodology has been strengthened, making it harder for companies to achieve the same score. The 19 companies benchmarked in both 2016 and 2018 saw their average score increase from 30/100 to 33/100, which is positive given the changes to the methodology.

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THEME AND INDICATOR SCORE

The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. There are a total of 22 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme, a company can score a total of 100 points.

Commitment and Governance

The company's top-level commitments on forced labor, supply chain standards, management processes, training programs and stakeholder engagement.

OVERALL 52
INDICATORS
Awareness and Commitment
100
Supply Chain Standards
60
Management and Accountability
50
Training
50
Stakeholder Engagement
0

Traceability and Risk Assessment

The extent to which the company traces its supply chain and conducts forced labor risk assessments, and discloses information about these processes.

OVERALL 63
Traceability
75
Risk Assessment
50

Purchasing Practices

The company's awareness and action on purchasing practices that can exacerbate forced labor risks and its process for selecting suppliers, integrating standards into contracts, and cascading them down the supply chain.

OVERALL 38
Purchasing Practices
0
Supplier Selection
0
Integration into Supplier Contracts
50
Cascading Standards through the Supply Chain
100

Recruitment

The company's approach to reducing exploitation by recruitment agencies and eliminating workers' payment of fees for their jobs.

OVERALL 17
Recruitment Approach
0
Recruitment Fees
50
Recruitment Audits
0

Worker Voice

The extent to which the company proactively communicates with workers through the supply chain, enables freedom of association and ensures access to effective and trusted grievance mechanisms.

OVERALL 18
INDICATORS
Communication of Policies
50
Worker Voice
0
Worker Empowerment
0
Grievance Mechanism
20

Monitoring

The company's process for auditing (including whether it includes non-scheduled visits, document review, worker interviews) and disclosure about the audit process and findings.

OVERALL 33
Auditing Process
25
Audit Disclosure
40

Remedy

The extent to which the company has corrective action plans for non-compliant factories, as well as processes for remedying workers who are victims of forced labor, and reports on remedies provided.

OVERALL 38
Corrective Action Plans
75
Remedy Programs
0

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