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General Mills UK No. 8 in ‘Best Workplace’ survey
June 15, 2010
For the fourth year, General Mills’ business in the United Kingdom has been named as one of the top 50 places to work.
This year the company achieved its highest ranking – No. 8 – in a supplement published in the widely respected Financial Times and Guardian newspapers.
“This is great news for General Mills UK, and I’m very proud of each and every individual in the UK business as they have made this great result possible,” says Jim Moseley, managing director for General Mills UK and Ireland.
General Mills UK (160 employees) is ranked alongside companies such as Danone (No. 2, 96 employees), Microsoft (No. 4, 2,573 employees) and Diageo GB (No. 7, 598 employees).
The honor comes on the heels of General Mills UK being ranked in the prestigious Sunday Times newspaper’s 100 Best Small Companies in the UK for the third year running.
A consistent climb
General Mills UK has jumped 33 places in the Best Workplaces ranking since 2006. General Mills UK was ranked the 41st best place to work in the UK in 2006 and made the top 50 list in both 2008 and 2009 (since 2007, only the top 10 companies are ranked). General Mills did not participate in the survey in 2007.
The award is based on a survey conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute, a global organization that defines a great place to work as one where the employees “trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with.” The institute evaluates the degree of trust in companies through responses to its Trust Index Employee Survey and Culture Audit management survey.
“We don’t just put our values on the wall for people to look at, we live and breathe them every day, and we use them as the basis of our decision-making," says Sue Swanborough, Human Resources director for General Mills UK and Ireland.
The best workplace survey also singled out General Mills UK’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) – specifically the two mobile youth buses it has set up. The buses provide a safe, educational and inspirational meeting place for tens of thousands of teenagers.
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