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Within the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico: 1-800-210-2878. Outside the United States, click here for country-specific telephone numbers.

Please Note: This is not a 911 or Emergency Service:
Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local authorities.

Jeff Harmening - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer “If you ever face an ethical dilemma, you must do the right thing. Ask for help if you are in doubt as to the right course of action so that your day-to-day actions and decisions proudly reflect the values of General Mills – the Company of Champions.”

Jeff Harmening
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

When in doubt, ask.

At General Mills, our expectations are clear. You are expected to do the right thing.

The “right thing” is not always a clear or easy choice. That’s why we want you to ask for help. Our culture of integrity is in our hands. That accountability means speaking up when you have questions or concerns about the right thing to do, or if you believe a violation of our policies, our Code of Conduct, or the law has occurred. You can use this system to report those concerns. We want to hear from you.

What is the Ethics Line?

The Ethics Line is one of the many resources you have to raise or report a concern. Hosted by a secure and independent reporting resource, EthicsPoint, it allows us to provide you with:

  • Confidential and anonymous reporting
  • Telephone or web-based access, 24 hours a day
  • Communication and information in your preferred language
  • Ability to follow up with you on a report, even if you remain anonymous

Our pledge

General Mills will not retaliate against you for making a good faith report about a questionable business practice or behavior. Employees who knowingly make false accusations, provide false information or act improperly will be disciplined.

Commonly Asked Questions

How do I use the Ethics Line?
Use this Button . . . To do this . . .
Raise or Report a ConcernReport real or suspected violations of the law, our policies, or our Code of Conduct
Security IncidentReport on:
  • Any lost or stolen item that is
    1. A General Mills asset (such as a laptop or corporate credit card)
    2. An item that may allow access to confidential General Mills information (such as a Smartphone)
    3. A personal item that was on General Mills property (such as a purse or wallet that was left at your desk)
  • Damage to company property, such as vandalism
  • Requests for unusual information, such as a call requesting access to employee records
  • Real or suspected product tampering.
Ask Ethics & ComplianceAsk a question on our policies, Code of Conduct or Ethics & Compliance resources
Follow UpCheck on the status or resolution of your report
What happens to my report once I submit it?

Reports are logged in EthicsPoint and then routed to the appropriate group based on the nature of the report.

Security Incidents are sent to Security. A member of Security will follow up with you on your report.

Ask Ethics & Compliance reports are sent to the Ethics & Compliance group. A member of the group will respond.

Raise or Report a Concern reports are routed to the Ethics & Compliance group. The Ethics & Compliance group will review the information and align appropriate resources to investigate and resolve the matter. Sometimes, members of Human Resources are engaged. Sometimes, our Global Security team will investigate. The Ethics & Compliance group is responsible for keeping you posted on the status of your report.

When you submit a report you will get a report key. You will be asked to create a password. Only you will know the report key and password. It is important to make note of the information, especially if you remain anonymous. EthicsPoint does not track this information.

How can I follow up on my report?

To follow up on your report, use the “Follow Up” Button. You will be asked for your report key and password. Please follow up on reports to:

  • Check the accuracy of your report
  • View acknowledgement of your report
  • Find out if additional information is needed
  • See status updates to the investigation
  • Find out when the matter is resolved.
Can I remain anonymous?

Yes. The EthicsPoint system strips away internet addresses to maintain anonymity. Your personal information will not be requested if you call the Ethics Line. EthicsPoint is contractually committed to not pursue a reporter’s identity, nor do we need it to investigate your concern. We can communicate with you through the system without knowing who you are.

If you choose to remain anonymous, it is especially important to remember the report key and the password you created for your report. We may have questions for you. The only way we can reach you is through the system. The report key and password allows you to follow up on your report and respond to our questions. Only you know your key and password – EthicsPoint cannot retrieve it for you.