Everyone at General Motors is expected to uphold the values and behaviors that are integral to our culture—and foster an environment where we can openly and authentically contribute our best work, free from fear.
While our focus on diversity has been historically documented, we acknowledge that we have more work ahead to ensure that our workforce and leadership team are truly diverse and that there is equity and a measurable culture of inclusion. Importantly, diversity alone is not enough. We want to go further than that and are equally committed to ensuring that every GM employee feels a sense of belonging within our company. As part of GM’s efforts to become the most inclusive company in the world, we will continue to cultivate an environment where each person feels they are heard, supported and valued.
We regularly provide education and training for our employees to reinforce what is expected of those who work for our company. When individuals act in a way that is inconsistent with these values and expectations, we take prompt and deliberate action to address the unacceptable behavior.
So that we can measure and track our progress toward inclusion, in 2019 we conducted a baseline inclusion survey of our employees and follow-up sessions to better understand our starting point. The findings of our survey were shared with leaders in every function as we take next steps on this important—and imperative—journey. Through the research, we identified three key priorities:
- Ensuring that leaders at GM become more intentional about their responsibility for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our company, for mitigating potential bias and for championing the Employee Resource Groups and their initiatives.
- Increasing transparency among internal and external stakeholders so that we can acknowledge our progress, as well as areas of opportunity, and create actionable plans for improvement.
- Facilitating opportunities for employees to forge difficult but necessary conversations around social and racial topics that help us advance toward our inclusion vision.
These three areas factor significantly within our broader corporate strategy, and we look forward to updating our stakeholders on our progress.