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How does cross-country skiing over lunch sound? This is just one of the many unique opportunities that employees of General Mills have had at their headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the company’s Fun Fitness Friday series. General Mills also provides a wide range of other on-site resources and flexibility options to help employees balance busy work and family lives. On-site perks include a grocery store, infant care center, full-service credit union, dry-cleaning, and a hair and nail salon.
Additionally, a 2007 company survey found that over 80% of General Mills employees volunteer either independently or company programs.
About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in over 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Pillsbury, and Cascadian Farm. 2008 annual net sales came in at approximately $13.4 billion.
General Mills has made appearances on…
· Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2008 “40 Best Companies for Diversity” (July 2008 Issue)
· Working Mother Magazine’s “2009 Best Companies for Multicultural Women” (View their listing here)
· The 2009 editions of Fortune Magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Places to Work For” and their “50 Most Admired Companies”
· DiversityInc Magazine’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” (2009 edition)
Black Enterprise Magazine Methodology: To select the top 40, Black Enterprise magazine surveyed CEOs and diversity executives of the top-grossing 1,000 publicly traded companies and the 50 leading global companies with significant U.S. operations. The survey focused on participation of African-Americans and other ethnic minority groups in four key areas: supplier diversity, senior management, board involvement and employee base.
Working Mother Magazine Methodology: To be considered for the Best Companies for Multicultural Women recognition, each company applied and supplied Working Mother with key data points. For the 2009 list, the most weight was given to questions involving representation, training, development and advancement of multicultural women. DFD Consulting, an independent survey research firm in Maplewood, N.J., tabulated the scores.
Fortune Magazine Methodology: To pick the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” FORTUNE works with Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz of the Great Place to Work® Institute—a global research and consulting firm with offices in 30 countries—to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. For the “50 Most Admired Companies” - To create the 64 industry lists, executives, directors, and analysts were asked to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness.
DiversityInc Magazine Methodology: DiversityInc, which operates both a Web site and a monthly business magazine, calculates the annual list from a survey of 200 questions measuring four components: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and supplier diversity. A total of 401 companies, up 14 percent from last year, vied for the honor this year, underscoring the increasing emphasis on diversity management among progressive companies.