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Industry Collaboration


We strive for a sustainable and socially responsible supply chain without adding unnecessary complexity or burden to our suppliers.

Collaboration among auto manufacturers to develop sustainability and social responsibility requirements for our suppliers is important, particularly given the level of common suppliers among the major automakers. This approach also helps ensure that automotive suppliers are pursuing aligned goals and are not overburdened by duplicative or contradictory OEM efforts.

We work closely with many industry and supply chain-focused organizations, including the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), where we actively participate in the Responsible Materials Work Group, along with several of its subgroups, and sit on the Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee. GM is an active member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the multistakeholder Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).

Helping Small Entrepreneurs Succeed

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), along with GM and other corporate partners, is working to create a sustainable and inclusive supply chain in Ecuador. By providing technical assistance and access to credit to entrepreneurs from communities affected by COVID-19 or by a recent earthquake, IDB is positioning these small-scale producers to become suppliers to large companies like GM. More than 2,700 entrepreneurs benefited from this program in 2020.


GM employees received AIAG’s Supply Chain Sustainability eLearning training in 2020, which highlights fundamental principles of responsible working conditions.


of approximately 4,000 supplier locations are third-party certified to the IATF 16949 Quality Standard.

Industry collaboration groups are a primary forum for developing and sharing responsible supply chain practices with other automotive OEMs, Tier I and subtier suppliers.

Additionally, GM provides direct financial support to AIAG and leverages its sponsored membership program to enable free membership for small subtier suppliers. This allows key information and tools (e.g., responsible supply chain training materials, self assessments and standards) that are available to Tier I suppliers to be cascaded to the subtier supply base. We also require our supplier quality employees who visit supplier facilities to take AIAG training regarding responsible working conditions, including child labor and forced labor.

In addition, specific requirements regarding responsible supply chain practices are part of IATF 16949 Quality Standards. These requirements include an employee code of conduct, antibribery policy and an ethics escalation policy (“whistle-blowing policy”). Compliance to IATF 16949 is a requirement for GM suppliers.

GM is also a founding member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), a multistakeholder initiative that aims to transition the natural rubber supply chain to a more sustainable model. The initiative includes OEMs, tire manufacturers, rubber producers, processors, traders, NGOs and smallholder farmers. In 2020, GPSNR developed and released a comprehensive set of policies for all members that will help protect ecological health, local livelihoods and fundamental human rights. The platform is also actively working to increase transparency, traceability and disclosure.


We continue to build upon a legacy of leadership in helping diverse suppliers flourish. We strive to advance empowerment, equity and inclusion in our supply chain and business community. Learn more about our robust program in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion section of this report.