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May 19, 2015

Working Mother recognizes General Mills among “Best Companies for Multicultural Women”


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Today, Working Mother magazine recognized General Mills among the “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” in the U.S. — an honor that recognizes 25 U.S. corporations that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women of color.

“We are honored to be recognized once again by Working Mother for our commitment to creating an inclusive and family-friendly culture for our employees,” said Ken Charles, vice president of global inclusion and staffing at General Mills. “Diversity and inclusion is not only a core value to us at General Mills, but a key business strategy as well. We work hard to cultivate an inclusive environment by considering all dimensions of diversity – gender, race, preferences, beliefs, communication styles and more.”

“The Best Companies for Multicultural Women know that diversity at all ranks of an organization is a business imperative, and they’re doing the hard work—fostering pipelines of talent nurturing careers of people of color and providing access to advancement programs—to ensure that all employees know they are valued,” said Subha V. Barry, vice president and general manager at Working Mother Media.

In this month’s issue of Working Mother and on, General Mills manager of Human Resources and International Talent Management, Stephanie Pierce shares her tips for multicultural moms to embrace their unique personal brands and be their authentic selves in the workplace. 

“Bringing unique ideas and perspectives to the table can help drive breakthrough innovation and assist us in effectively connecting with our consumers to drive mutually beneficial growth,” added Charles.

General Mills is also profiled as part of the full list of “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” for its commitment to helping promising multicultural and/or female employees succeed and grow in their careers through diversity-focus mentoring, peer networking, individualized professional development action plans and more.   


The Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women requires candidates to have at least 500 employees. The application includes more than 200 questions on representation; hiring, attrition and promotion rates; recruitment, retention and advancement programs; and company culture. The Working Mother Research Institute created a scoring algorithm based on the previous year’s benchmark results to determine the winners.

For more information on the Best Companies for Multicultural Women, visit

Contact: Shannon Heine

About General Mills

General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2014 worldwide sales of US $17.9 billion.