Our workplace safety vision is to “Live Values that Return People Home Safely. Every Person. Every Site. Every Day.”
This vision is guided by our safety policy, which applies to all employees and others working at our sites, including consultants, agents, sales representatives, distributors, independent contractors, third-party suppliers who work on GM premises and contract workers when they perform work for GM.
Like product safety, we manage workplace safety at the highest levels through monthly operating reviews with global functional senior leaders, including the CEO and the Global Safety Leadership Council (GSLC), which comprises more than 20 senior global leaders. The GSLC determines strategic global safety direction and approves workplace safety initiatives, which are the responsibility of the GM Vice President of Workplace Safety. This senior management member also provides a bimonthly update on the safety performance of the company to GM's Board. Enterprise workplace safety risks and control initiatives are reviewed on an annual basis, and updates are provided to the Risk and Cybersecurity Committee of the Board on a quarterly basis.
A major focus of workplace safety management in 2020 was COVID-19. As part of our pandemic safety efforts, GM published a COVID-19 Employee Guide, which covered protocols for entering our facilities, mask-wearing and physical distancing, keeping spaces clean and ventilated, and handling suspected COVID-19 cases. The guide includes advice for managing stress and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
We shared this with our suppliers, across industry trade groups and government authorities, among others, to unite efforts to fight against the pandemic. All people leaders gained a thorough understanding of the COVID-19 guide by taking a class, and then trained their respective staffs on the protocols, with an emphasis on showing empathy for the evolving concerns of their team members. GM has used multiple communication platforms—our intranet, social media platforms, virtual meetings, television and radio—to inform employees of the safety measures put in place to reduce their anxiety and ensure their comfort when returning to work. Because of our enterprisewide protocols, employees have communicated that they feel safer at work than they do elsewhere outside their homes.