General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - February 2017
Chevrolet Bolt EV is 2017 North American Car of the Year
Chevrolet Bolt EV is the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The Bolt EV’s recognition marks the fourth time in four years that Chevrolet has received the North American Car of the Year or Truck of the Year award, following the Corvette Stingray and Silverado’s wins in 2014 and the Colorado’s award in 2015.
10 GM Vehicles Lose an Average of 350 Pounds
General Motors engineers are diligently working to make vehicles lighter, focusing on customer needs and increasing vehicle performance. Ten recently launched Buick, GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles have lost an average of 350 pounds as a result, and these efforts help GM reduce its environmental footprint. The annual carbon emissions avoided from this weight loss is about equal to saving 28 million gallons of fuel.
GM Suppliers See Business Value in Reduced Emissions
General Motors is engaging its supply chain in actions to reduce emissions, mitigate the various companies’ effects on climate change and strengthen their overall business. GM asked about 200 of its suppliers to disclose their energy use and carbon emission data to CDP and offered up resources to help. The 70 percent of invited companies that responded reduced carbon emissions in total by 90 million metric tons, saving a cumulative $23 billion.
GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan
General Motors Co. and Honda announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company.
Introducing BOOK by Cadillac, a Bold New Luxury Vehicle Subscription Model
Cadillac is continuing to push the boundaries of the driving experience with a first-of-its kind luxury vehicle subscription service, BOOK by Cadillac. For a flat monthly fee, BOOK by Cadillac gives members access to popular Cadillac vehicles without the commitment of leasing, financing or buying.
Detroit Rooftop Garden Fed Diners and a Nonprofit
The rooftop garden next to General Motors’ Renaissance Center world headquarters wrapped up another productive growing season. Now in its third year, the garden – thriving from the landfill-free facility’s compost – resulted in 815 pounds of fresh produce, 150 jars of honey, and $3,546 in donations to a community shelter located across the street.
Corporate-Driven Composting Means Big Reductions in Food Waste
Big companies become role models when they turn food scraps into compost, use it in their corporate garden, serve that produce to employees – and then compost scraps from those meals, beginning the cycle anew.
All Six 2017 Buick Models Offer NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety
Buick’s all-new 2017 LaCrosse flagship sedan has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highest five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety rating, giving Buick a NHTSA five-star sweep across its entire tested lineup of premium vehicles for the third consecutive year. Buick was one of only two brands in the industry to earn a five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety ratings on every model with its 2015 product line, and every Buick vehicle tested since has been rated at this highest level.
OUTREACH & IMPACT
GM Partners with Girls Who Code to Empower Future Technology and Engineering Leaders
The gender gap in technology and engineering is getting worse despite the increased demand for STEM-related jobs. GM and the national nonprofit Girls Who Code (GWC) announced a partnership to inspire and empower thousands of U.S. middle and high school girls to become future leaders in these fields.
GM Hosts Discover Your Drive Diversity Journalism Program at NAIAS
General Motors launched its second annual Discover Your Drive diversity journalism program Jan. 7-11, hosting 13 college students and nine journalists from across the country at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. Students from diverse backgrounds participated in the program, which promotes diversity in automotive journalism and news coverage.
GM Career Re-Entry Internship Program Expands, Adds New Roles
General Motors is offering a third round of its successful Take 2 program — 12-week career re-entry internships for experienced technical professionals — in spring 2017. These paid internships will be available in areas including customer care and aftersales, global finance, and manufacturing.