1. General Mills Releases 2012 Global Responsibility Report


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    (3BL Media) Minneapolis, MN – April 4, 2012 – General Mills today released its 2012 Global Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s progress in the areas of health, communities and environment. The 2012 report can be viewed or downloaded at GeneralMills.com. “Our approach to global responsibility is straightforward,” said Ken Powell, chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills. “It’s all about living our values. When a company’s values are in alignment with employees’ personal values, good things can happen. My hope is that our stakeholders will see our values reflected in this report – both in the company’s performance and in the stories behind the numbers.” Highlights from General Mills’ efforts to nourish lives around the globe this past year include: Reaching the halfway mark toward achieving three of the company’s 2015 global sustainability goals: water, solid waste and packaging. General Mills is more than 50 percent of the way to achieving a 20 percent reduction in its water usage rate and a 50 percent reduction in its solid waste generation rate. In addition, the company has improved the packaging for 27 percent of its sales volume –more than halfway toward the 40 percent goal. Leveraging Continuous Improvement and Holistic Margin Management to make General Mills’ plants more efficient and environmentally friendly. By eliminating non value-added processes, labor and materials, and focusing on what matters most to our consumers, these strategies have helped minimize cost, reduce waste and drive the company’s environmental performance – while helping to keep our products affordable for consumers. Achieving a new record for improving the health profile of General Mills’ products. The company improved the health profile of products representing nearly 25 percent of its U.S Retail product sales in fiscal 2011. Since 2005, more than 600 of General Mills’ U.S. products have been nutritionally improved by adding whole grain, fiber or vitamins, reducing calories, fat, sugar or sodium or through other health enhancements. Delivering more whole grain than any other single ingredient in every Big G cereal. Whole grain is now listed first on the ingredient panel of all Big G cereals, indicating that whole grain is the most prevalent ingredient. Expanding our commitment to fight hunger around the world. General Mills championed hunger relief efforts from Minnesota to Malawi in fiscal 2011. The company contributed nearly $30 million in product donations to food banks and increased its hunger and nutrition wellness grants by more than 25 percent. Extending its global reach, General Mills launched Partners in Food Solutions, a hunger-fighting nonprofit organization that links the technical expertise of General Mills employees with small- and medium-sized food processors in Africa. Hitting $1 billion in philanthropic giving. The General Mills Foundation has given $1 billion to charitable causes around the globe since its inception in 1954. This includes a record-breaking fiscal 2011 donation totaling nearly $119 million. General Mills’ 2012 Global Responsibility Report marks the first time the company has adopted the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. GRI is a globally recognized, standardized framework for reporting on environmental, social and governance performance. About General Mills One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2011 global net sales of US$14.9 billion. Resources

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    • It's the little things


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      Educational animation made as part of the "Secret life of things" series for EcoInnovators. This animation explores the hidden impacts of the way we design and use a range of everyday products. it was aimed at upper primary school aged children but covers themes applicable to us all.

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      • Words for the next generation


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        • Sustainability Workshops at McKinley Elementary School


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          Funded by a Community Project grant from HMC’s Designing Futures Foundation, Eera Babtiwale, Sandy Kate, and Pablo La Roche led a series of three sustainability workshops for students at McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica, Calif. They developed the “Sustainable Environments Seen Through the Eyes of Elementary School Children” workshops with the goal of providing students with a worldview perspective of environmental issues to give them practical suggestions on how they, as elementary school children, can build a better planet for all.

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          • Arjen Wals - Transformative Learning


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            As part of the fourth annual Uppsala Conference on the Future of Sustainability and Education, Arjen Wals gives a keynote presentation on Transformative Learning For more information, visit uppsalaconference.se

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            • HP Living Progress Exchange Opens with Creative, Transparent Dialogue


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              What does one of the world’s largest IT companies have in common with one of the world’s leading manufacturers and retailers of footwear, apparel and gear for the outdoor lifestyle? Quite a lot, actually, as I learned from Margaret Morey-Reuner, director of Strategic Partnerships, Business Development and Values Marketing at Timberland. Margaret joined me and other sustainability leaders at the first HP Living Progress Exchange, which we hosted at the Sustainable Brands 2014 conference in San Diego. The HP Living Progress Exchange is a discussion forum that brings together creative thinkers from diverse industries and organizations to talk about how we can work together to create a better future for everyone through our actions and innovations. It’s a dialogue rooted in HP Living Progress, which is our framework for thinking about how we do business.

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              • Stuart L. Hart on sustainable entrepreneurship


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                Stuart L. Hart, professor at the University of Vermont's Business School and one of the founding fathers of the 'base of the pyramid' theory, invites you to the conference 'Make it work: Strategies for sustainable entrepreneurship' on November 25. This event is organised by the BASF Deloitte Elia Chair on Sustainability of Antwerp Management School and supported by KAURI.

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                • Amy Klein


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                  Amy Klein is the Executive Director of the Capital District Community Gardens and she’s committed to using healthy nutritious food to improve the everyday lives of inner city Albanians. http://www.cdcg.org/

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                  • Carrier Dome Rainwater Holding Tanks Installed


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                    Huge holding tanks are installed outside the Carrier Dome, in preparation for a project that combines an age-old method for saving water, coupled with some new-age thinking.

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                    • Sustainable Communities Program at College of the Siskiyous


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                      Are you interested in green careers? Welcome to the Sustainable Communities program at College of the Siskiyous. We offer a new interdisciplinary approach to leadership, business and sustainability. Come share our backyard in beautiful and ecologically diverse far Northern California. With this program you can: • Explore individual courses. • Earn a certificate. • Achieve an Associate of Science degree. What will I learn in the program? Governments, colleges, and businesses are looking for people who have a scientific understanding of sustainability—it is needed across all sectors and professions… this program allows students to explore a wide variety of topics and gain skills. You may be asking, what can I do with this education? You can: • Transfer to a 4-year college or university. • Start a business. • Work for a socially and environmentally minded business, agency or non-profit. • Grow professionally and become more effective in your current job or business • Compliment an existing major in programs such as communication, business, environmental science, psychology, and natural resources. Learn more at http://siskiyous.edu/cte/er/sc

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