Mar 06, 2014 • By

Supporting women-owned businesses

A decades-long tradition of promoting supplier diversity has gotten General Mills recognized as one of the country’s top companies that supports businesses owned by women.

For the first time, General Mills was named by the Washington-based Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) among “America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises.”


“This is exciting and significant news. Today we count hundreds of women-owned businesses in our portfolio covering most of the United States,” says Darren Harmon, director of Supplier Diversity and Business Development for General Mills.

General Mills was among 45 companies to make the WBENC’s 15th annual list.

For more than 20 years, General Mills has been dedicated to establishing and growing successful business relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses, which provide important raw materials for our products as well as logistics, marketing and consulting services, among other things.

Companies that receive the WBENC award must be a national corporate member of the organization and have a full-time employee dedicated to managing supplier diversity. The award is determined on program attributes, key accomplishments and results.

The WBENC provides four levels for the award – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. General Mills received a “Silver Level of Distinction.”


General Mills and other award winners will be honored March 20 at a WBENC event in New Orleans.

This marks the second time within a year that General Mills has been honored for its dedication to supplier diversity.

In September, General Mills was recognized as “Corporation of the Year” by the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), an organization that connects minority-owned businesses with corporations in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.