General Mills Named One of the “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” by Great Place to Work

  General Mills Named One of the “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” by
  Great Place to Work

   General Mills ranked 17th on list of the 25 “World’s Best Multinational
                                 Workplaces”

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- November 14, 2012

General Mills announced today that it was named to the World’s Best
Multinational Workplaces list by the Great Place to Work^® Institute. The
ranking results from the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence
and identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace
culture. General Mills debuted this year at #17 on the second-annual list.

“As our international presence has grown significantly during the past several
years, so too has our focus on globally developing the strong culture,
leadership depth and quality workplace experience that we’ve built in the U.S.
over decades,” said Mike Davis, senior vice president of Global Human
Resources for General Mills.

“We’re proud to receive this honor from Great Place to Work as a reflection of
our commitment to making General Mills a global employer of choice,” Davis
said.

The World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list is based on data from 1,800
companies that have made Great Place to Work “best companies” country lists.
To be eligible, companies must have appeared on at least five Great Place to
Work country lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and have at least
40 percent of their global workforce outside of the company’s homeland.

In 2012, General Mills made Great Place to Work lists in Canada, France,
Greece, the U.K. and the U.S. The company has 39,000 employees worldwide,
about half of whom live outside the U.S.

General Mills employees have access to various competitive benefits, resources
and career opportunities. In particular, Great Place to Work cites the
company’s internal, global social networking site, named Connect, as its
“unique best people practice” in the company’s online profile.

“The companies listed on the second-annual World’s Best Multinational
Workplaces List are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride
and camaraderie among their employees,” said Susan Lucas-Conwell, global CEO
of Great Place to Work. “Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates
their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and
setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future.”

Since launching the first best workplaces lists in partnership with FORTUNE
magazine in the United States and Exame in Brazil in 1997, Great Place to Work
now recognizes leading workplaces in 45 countries.

General Mills is the only Minnesota-based company to make the World’s Best
Multinational Companies list. The full list and related stories are available
online.

To read first-hand perspectives about working at General Mills, visit the
“Life at General Mills” section of the company’s blog, A Taste of General
Mills.

About Great Place to Work^®
Great Place to Work^®Institute is a global research, consulting and training
firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces
through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to
Work^® serves businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 45 countries
on all six continents.

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more
than 100 countries. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs,
Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso,
and Wanchai Ferry. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills
had fiscal 2012 worldwide sales of US $16.7 billion.

Contact:

General Mills
Maerenn Jepsen, 763-764-6364