Tue, June 29, 2021
$25 millionclimate-equity-focused philanthropic fund to complement GM's $35 billioninvestment in EV and AV programs globally through 2025
- GM Chair and CEO
Mary Barrareinforces the need for equity considerations as the industry accelerates toward an all-electric future GMreinforces its focus on bringing its current workforce along while helping to build a diverse pipeline of talent as it advances its zero-emissions vision
Today, GM Chair and CEO
The company also announced the creation of a new
"Climate change does not impact every community equally. As we move to an all-electric, zero-emissions future, it is on us to lead positive change and implement inclusive solutions that bring everyone along, especially our employees and communities," Barra said during the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Barra also shared more about the company's broader focus on equitable climate action, which is rooted in four key areas:
- The Future of Work: The company reinforced the prioritization of its current salaried and represented workforce, including reiterating its long history of supporting unions to promote safety, quality, training and jobs for American workers.
GMalso publicly reiterated its support for the UAW's efforts to organize employees at the Ohioand Tennessee Ultium Cells LLCbattery cell manufacturing plants.
- EV Access: The company will offer a wide selection of EVs across a range of price points, from the Bolt EV to the Cruise Origin shared autonomous vehicle.
GMalso recently announced programs leveraging its HYDROTEC fuel cells for rail and aircraft applications, which could help pave the way for communities to experience the benefits of zero-emissions mobility beyond the motor vehicle.
- Infrastructure Equity:
GMis committed to ubiquitous charging solutions that can help meet customers where they are. The company also understands the need to help address charging deserts and other scenarios that can hinder EV ownership.
- Climate Equity:
GMwill help fund organizations that are closing the climate equity gap at the community level and across four key areas: the future of work, EV access, EV infrastructure equity and climate equity.
As the company works to address the key priorities under its equitable climate action framework, it will be guided by five principles:
- Make mobility safer, more accessible and more environmentally friendly for all.
- Incorporate and normalize equity considerations across our business operations and program implementation efforts, including workforce strategy, sustainability efforts, and products and services.
- Work with community-based stakeholders to identify their unique needs, assets and priorities as well as collaboratively assist impacted communities.
- Advocate for inclusive and equitable climate change, renewable energy and transportation-related policies at the federal, state and local levels to help ensure a sustainable mobility future for all.
- Help fund the organizations that are providing equitable access to a more sustainable future.
Beginning today, the company is accepting proposals for funding from its new
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Jessica James, GM Communications, 313-643-0603, email@example.com