Supplier code of conduct
General Mills holds itself to high ethical standards, and it expects the same from its suppliers and vendors.
Suppliers are expected to comply with all local and national laws, regulations, rules and requirements with respect to all products and services that they manufacture, distribute or otherwise provide to General Mills.
If local or national law does not provide protections satisfactory to General Mills, we reserve the right to require Suppliers to meet higher standards. General Mills expects Suppliers will act ethically and in accordance with applicable laws in the following areas.
Food Safety Food Supplier will supply food products or ingredients to General Mills that are safe for human consumption, pure, wholesome, unadulterated and in compliance with all applicable local and national laws.
Forced Labor Supplier will not use forced or involuntary labor, whether bonded, prison, military, compulsory or indentured labor, including debt servitude.
Child Labor Supplier will not employ child labor, consistent with the principles contained in the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, in supplying products or services to General Mills.
Abuse of Labor Supplier will not physically abuse employees.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. Supplier will respect the principles of freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Discrimination and Harassment Supplier must not permit unlawful discrimination or harassment of its employees.
Wages and Benefits Supplier will provide workers with pay and benefits as required by law, including compliance with minimum wage and overtime requirements and will pay employees in a timely fashion.
Work Hours and Overtime Supplier will set work schedules and overtime policies consistent with local and national law. Suppliers will abide by maximum hour and workweek laws.
Health and Safety Supplier will provide workers with a safe, clean and healthy work environment.
Environment Supplier will comply with all applicable environmental laws.
Anti-Corruption Supplier will comply with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and all applicable laws related to anticorruption and bribery.
Compliance Supplier must demonstrate compliance with this Code of Conduct upon General Mills’ request.
This Code of Conduct is based in part on the principles outlined in the International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We expect all suppliers to develop and implement appropriate internal business processes to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct.
General Mills utilizes independent third parties to assess Supplier compliance with this Code of Conduct. These assessments generally include confidential interviews with employees and on-site contract workers. Supplier agrees to permit such inspections and to make employees and contract workers available to third-party auditors and not to discriminate or retaliate against workers for their comments to the auditors.
If a Supplier fails to comply with any aspect of this Code of Conduct, it is expected to implement corrective actions. General Mills reserves the right to terminate any agreement with any Supplier that cannot demonstrate compliance with this Code of Conduct.