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General Mills Leads Food and Beverage Sector as One of America’s Most JUST Companies

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The food manufacturer was recognized for its approach and progress in the “workers” category. (iStock/jetcityimage)

General Mills leads the food and beverage sector and ranks 23rd overall on Forbes and JUST Capital’s “Forbes JUST 100” list, recognized for its commitment to serving its workers, customers, communities, the environment and shareholders. 

The Forbes JUST 100 evaluates and celebrates U.S. corporations outperforming on the issues that matter most to the American public. General Mills was recognized for its approach and progress in the “workers” category, for how the company invests in employees through fair wages, provides workforce training, cultivates a diverse and inclusive workplace, protects worker health and safety and provides benefits and work-life balance. 

General Mills was also recognized for its commitments and progress in the “environment” category for how it minimizes pollution, helps combat climate change, and develops and supports sustainable products.  

“We’re honored to be recognized as the industry leader in the food and beverage sector by Forbes and JUST Capital as it demonstrates how our commitment to workplace culture, business performance and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand,” said Mary Jane Melendez, chief sustainability and social impact officer at General Mills. “When we do right by all our company’s stakeholders — employees, customers, communities and shareholders — we deliver long-term success.”

JUST Capital expanded this year’s methodology to include 38 COVID-19 specific data points from its COVID-19 Corporate Response Tracker. The new analysis includes hourly wage increases, paid sick leave, healthcare benefits for furloughed employees; payment deferrals, price cuts and services for vulnerable groups; cash or in-kind donations to support community relief; and CEO or executive pay cuts. 
“Now more than ever, business leaders have the chance to spark lasting systemic change within their companies and across society,” said Steven Bertoni, Forbes senior editor. “The companies in this year’s JUST 100 show that we can face the twin tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality and continue to improve our actions and refocus our missions to do better, and be better, for all stakeholders.”

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