General Motors (GM)
Corprate Bias Ratings
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.
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.
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).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
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).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
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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December 4, 2023
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|Date||ESG Category||Proponent||Summary of Resolution||Mgmt Rec||Total Vote % in Favor|
|6/20/23||Governance||John Lauve||Shareholder Written Consent||Against||44.60%|
|6/20/23||Environmental||Amy Floyd||Sustainable Materials Procurement Targets||Against||14.30%|
|6/20/23||Social||The National Legal and Policy Center||Report on Operations in China||Against||3.00%|
|6/13/22||Governance||John Chevedden||Special Meetings - Reduce Ownership Req. to 10%||Against||38.79%|
|6/13/22||Social||National Legal and Policy Center||Report on the Use of Child Labor in Connection with Electric Vehicles||Against||22.04%|
|6/13/22||Governance||John Lauve||Require Independent Board Chair||Against||20.40%|