When the goal to become the world’s most inclusive company was announced, our DEI efforts intensified, and our sense of urgency accelerated.
Today, the cultural transformation taking place within our company is as significant as the technology transformation driving our business growth. Indeed, the two are interrelated; at the intersection of these transformations is the potential for innovation, and significant and consistent innovation is required for GM to reach its zero, zero, zero vision.
Key builders of this culture are the employees in our ERGs—global voluntary, employee-led groups that serve as a resource for their constituent members and allies. ERGs help GM improve DEI maturity throughout our global business.
We have 11 ERGs, with many chapters across the United States and the world. Importantly, ERGs are fully open to anyone interested in participating. Nearly all ERGs have executive-led advisory councils to help them advance and address issues and opportunities. We’re proud that all GM ERGs experienced growth in members and allies during 2021.
We are complementing the work of ERGs through the establishment of DEI cultural ambassadors as well as inclusion committees. This distributed model of DEI ensures that we are addressing DEI from both local and centralized perspectives. These ambassadors and committees are critical to our ability to address local opportunities as well as to scale certain DEI initiatives across the company. Furthermore, this approach enables everyone to lead DEI efforts—not just as people leaders, but at the individual level.
Employee Resource Groups
GM Women Making an Impact Around the World
In 2021, GM Women ERGs engaged in a variety of activities to support each other, dealer networks and their communities.
2021 Diversity Recognition
GM has long been a global leader in advocating for women’s equity in the workplace. In 2021, women were in 31.9% of our top management positions within two levels of the CEO. The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index is among the organizations that have recognized GM as a leader in gender equity.
We are committed to equal pay practices. Our commitment to the Equal Pay Pledge reflects the value we place on gender pay equity and our shared belief that employees’ protected characteristics, including gender, should not factor into compensation decisions. As part of this commitment, GM has a rigorous annual process that involves measuring pay equity and making adjustments whenever unaccounted-for discrepancies are found.
GM has a strong antidiscrimination policy that extends to all groups. We believe everyone deserves to work in an environment where they can be proud of who they are. GM ERGs help guide our strategy and understanding of important issues surrounding equity. GM Plus, our ERG focused on LGBTQ+ employees, for example, encourages allyship as one of the ways people can support the LGBTQ+ community, with about half of its over 1,000 members identifying as allies. In addition, the president of the GM Able ERG leads our disability advisory council.
31.9% women in top management positions within
two levels of the CEO
Diverse Recruitment Successes
During 2021, we took a number of actions to increase diversity within our workforce. When we restarted our Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, we recognized the opportunity to rebuild our approximately 1,200-person workforce to achieve gender parity. Through a recruitment process that helped to eliminate gender bias, the plant was able to re-open with women making up roughly half of the new workforce.
Similarly, GM Brazil held a successful Technical Rotation and Career Knowledge (TRACK) program aimed at accelerating inclusion of Black professionals in our workforce, especially in leadership positions. The TRACK program is GM’s talent pipeline for future leaders. More than 5,700 candidates applied initially. Candidates went through a three-month multiphased process that ranged from online assessments to an everybody in session with GM leaders. Ultimately, 16 professionals—seven of whom were female—joined the GM Brazil team, with backgrounds ranging from engineering to psychology. The project concluded with onboarding activities at GM’s plant in São Caetano.
Extending Inclusivity Into the Market
Our business seeks to support and foster diversity and inclusion within the global communities where we operate to provide the best customer experience and positively impact our broader society.
We are proud that the coming year will see us celebrate the 50th anniversary of GM’s Minority Dealer Development (MDD) Program. Established in 1972, it continues to serve as the longest running, industry-leading minority dealer program. In addition, GM is the first and only original equipment manufacturer to have a Women’s Retail Network (WRN). This network is dedicated to growing a performance-driven, customer-focused and profitable dealer network by connecting highly qualified women dealers.
General Motors works diligently toward increasing the number of qualified diverse dealers; reaching a level of operational effectiveness that consistently meets or exceeds the general dealer population; encouraging and attracting diversity into retail organizations as dealer operators, managers and employees; and advocating that all GM dealerships provide a respectful environment for diverse customers and employees. In 2021, we made DEI training available to more than 100,000 dealer team members.
We are proud that our MDD and WRN programs consist of almost 600 diverse dealer partners in our dealer network, over 100 more than any other manufacturer. Our diverse dealers consistently outperform all other GM dealers in many key performance indicators and are among the most profitable of our retail partners.Learn about GM’s Supplier
Diversity Program here.
In 2021, we extended
DEI training to 100,000+ dealer team members.
Justice & Inclusion Fund
We are driving generational change and impact through the Justice and Inclusion Fund with investments focused on health, education, economic empowerment and policy. Through the end of 2021, we committed $22 million to organizations such as The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation; Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies; the Smithsonian Latino Center; and other organizations doing critical racial justice work. With these actions, we hope to impact 2.6 million people.
Using Our Voice
We believe that everyone has the responsibility to speak up in the presence of bias and injustice. We speak out, and will continue to do so, on social and racial equity issues. Our alignments in support of justice include signing a letter in support of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. We are also signatories for many DEI efforts, including:
- CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge
- Coalition for the American Dream
- Business Coalition for the Equality Act
- The Dialogue Project
- Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance
GM also has a robust engagement with the Business Roundtable, of which GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra became the Chair at the start of 2022.
GM Justice & Inclusion Fund
2.6M people expected to be impacted