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GM Shows Continuing Progress in Energy Reduction, Improved Safety in Corporate Responsibility Report

Submitted by: General Motors

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Jun 08, 2007 – 09:00 AM EST

 

DETROIT- June 8, 2007 -General Motors continues to make significant reductions in energy use and CO2 emissions, improve safety in vehicles, on the roads and in the plants, and contribute to communities all over the globe through its GM Foundation and Volunteer Plus programs. The GM 2005/2006 Corporate Responsibility Report, which is available online at www.gmresponsibility.com, documents GM performance by region and globally.

"This report focuses on our achievements as well as opportunities, as GM continues to respond to the challenges of today and the future," said Rod Gillum, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Diversity. "We know that GM contributes not only to the economic prosperity of the communities in which we operate, but also to the quality of the environment and the lives of the people we touch."

Here are just a few highlights from the report:

  • GM is intensifying the company's efforts to displace petroleum-based fuels – which cannot continue to supply all of the world’s growing automotive energy requirements – by building more vehicles that run on alternatives, such as E85 ethanol, and by expanding and accelerating GM's commitment to electrically-driven and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

  • GM continues to reduce energy use in its global facilities, exceeding our goal of 10 percent reduction. GM’s CO2 reduction from 2000-2005 was 15.5 percent, exceeding our goal of 8 percent reduction.

  • Safety is the overriding priority at all GM plants and facilities. Injury rates have improved for the last 10 years, recording just 2.8 injuries per 100 employees in 2005. GM and the UAW continue to work together to develop training tools and run a jointly-led safety process for each of their locations.

  • GM has also joined a global initiative to reduce road fatalities and injuries in emerging markets, focusing on Southeast Asia.

  • The GM Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide continue to promote the "Safe Kids Buckle Up" program, bringing child passenger safety messages and assistance to children and families throughout the country. In the 10 years of the collaboration, more than 365,000 child safety seats have been distributed and demonstrated to families in need.

  • Education contributions from GM and the GM Foundation totaled more than $10.8 million in 2005, with approximately 80 percent directed to science and engineering programs.

  • When a GM employee volunteers 50 or more hours with a nonprofit group, the GM Foundation makes a contribution of $250 on behalf of the employee. GM Volunteer Plus participants have generated more than $4 million in grants to their favorite causes over the past six years.

    GM produced the Corporate Responsibility report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiatives guidelines, and has issued similar reports since 2000.

    General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com

  • For more information, please contact:

    Geri Lama General Motors
    Phone: 313-665-9973
    Phone 2: 313-580-8469
    Website: www.gm.com

     

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