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General Motors and World Environment Center Report Significant Results in China "Green Supply Chain Project"

Submitted by: World Environment Center

Categories: Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Jul 31, 2007 – 09:21 AM EST


Jul. 31 /CSRwire/ - SHANGHAI, CHINA - July 31, 2007 - The General Motors Corporation (GM), Shanghai General Motors (SGM) and the World Environment Center (WEC) have reported significant energy efficiency, environmental and water conservation improvements in a demonstration project involving eight suppliers to the company's joint manufacturing venture in China. GM and its suppliers worked through a WEC project over the past two years to improve their competitiveness and sustainability performance, while generating cost savings.

The partnership with GM, a WEC member company, began in October 2005 with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiencies and improved environmental practices in the automotive manufacturing process. Results reported to date by supplier companies document reductions in greenhouse gases, water use and net cost savings from improved environmental management processes and performance. A special event today acknowledges the partnership participants and stakeholders and their successful completion of the "Greening the Supply Chain Project" highlighted in an awards ceremony. This event will also include GM, Chinese government and WEC officials participating in in-depth panel discussions and presentations on "The Multinational's Role in China's Environmental Protection."

"GM's participation in this project allows us to expand our corporate environmental initiatives through WEC's direct, on-the-ground approach to capacity building. This is enabling us to further integrate sustainable development directly into our business process and across our supply chain," stated Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group.

The Greening the Supply Chain project is a major WEC focus area. The GM China project follows previous WEC projects with other member companies in Brazil, Mexico and Romania. "The results of the GM-WEC partnership clearly demonstrate the ability to achieve specific, measurable results that improve competitiveness across the supply chain through the application of sustainable development practices," noted Terry F. Yosie, WEC's President & CEO.

About the General Motors Corporation: 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.

About the World Environment Center: WEC is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business practices of its member companies in partnership with government, non-government organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC's activities are global in scope, and it is unique in providing direct, on-the-ground support to companies to improve their performance, and that of their business partners, across the value chain. For more information, see www.wec.org.

For more information, please contact:

Iris Ovadiya World Environment Center
Phone: 202-312-1211
Sophia Luan General Motors China
Phone: 86 21 2898-7631


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