General Motors (GM)

Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Cruise
Michigan
Automobiles and Components

Corprate Bias Ratings

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Rating - Danger
High Risk

General Motors (GM) was among the first to pull its advertisements from Twitter after Elon Musk's purchase of the site. GE vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies, is part of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. GE pledged $10 million to BLM and related causes and supports and funds LGBTQ causes and organizations. GM has spoken out against state-level efforts to reform its own election rules. GM has donated to the Equality PAC, the Progressive Choices PAC, and the Progressive Americans for Democracy PAC. GM is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism, and is committed to carbon neutrality by 2040. GM discriminates against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, General Motors receives a High Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

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General Motors indefinitely suspended its advertising on the site and has not resumed normal operations after Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter (1). General Motors is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, which aims to demonetize advertisements and suppress content that “vilifies” individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity, discusses “debated social issues in a negative or partisan context” or spreads “hate speech” (2)(3)(4). The company received a score of 90 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means General Motors has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (5)(6).

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Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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GM does not give grants or sponsorships to “Faith-based organizations organized for religious purposes” (1)(2). GM will not match employee donations to any religious organizations through its employee gift-matching program  (3).

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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GM does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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GM signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act and an amicus brief requesting the addition of sexual orientation as a protected class on the 1964 Civil Rights Law (1)(2). GM also issued a public statement opposing an election reform law in Michigan (3). Despite previously working alongside other auto manufacturers to legally challenge a California emissions standard, GM withdrew its name from the effort and threw its support behind then-President-elect Biden (4). GM has made the OneTen pledge to further emphasize race in its hiring practices (5). GM has an entire separate website dedicated to its ESG practices (6). GM has used its corporate reputation to support BLM and create an Inclusion Advisory Board (7). GM CEO Mary Barra is a member of the Business Roundtable and signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (8)(9). GM is a Ceres Network Member, committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 (10)(11).

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Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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GM ‘s HRC CEI profile indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). General Motors is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (3)(4)(5). The company announced that it would give $10 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes (6)(7). Chevrolet donated to LGBTQ organizations, through its creation of Authentic Voices of Pride (8). General Motors is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal and GM and Cruise are corporate partners of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (9)(10).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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GM’s PAC has donated to the Equality PAC, the Progressive Choices PAC, and the Progressive Americans for Democracy PAC (1)(2)(3).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
December 4, 2023

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Voting History

Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
6/20/23GovernanceJohn LauveShareholder Written ConsentAgainst44.60%
6/20/23EnvironmentalAmy FloydSustainable Materials Procurement TargetsAgainst14.30%
6/20/23SocialThe National Legal and Policy CenterReport on Operations in ChinaAgainst3.00%
6/13/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenSpecial Meetings - Reduce Ownership Req. to 10%Against38.79%
6/13/22SocialNational Legal and Policy CenterReport on the Use of Child Labor in Connection with Electric VehiclesAgainst22.04%
6/13/22GovernanceJohn LauveRequire Independent Board ChairAgainst20.40%
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