Forbes

think­ing Dif­fer­ently About In­clu­sion, race and So­cial Jus­tice

At Gen­eral Mo­tors, we as­pire to be the most in­clu­sive com­pany in the world. In every mo­ment, we must de­cide what we can do – in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively – to drive mean­ing­ful, de­lib­er­ate change.

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this year, the global au­to­mo­tive com­pany made that bold com­mit­ment. “the cul­ture of in­clu­sion that we aim to cre­ate is one where we all see and value each other,” said telva mc­gruder, gm’s first Chief of di­ver­sity, eq­uity and in­clu­sion. “it’s a cul­ture where we seek to lift up each other all the time, each and every one of us. And it’s a com­pany where ev­ery­one feels wel­come.” to crys­tal­lize gm’s com­mit­ment, Chair­man and Ceo mary Barra formed an in­clu­sion Ad­vi­sory Board (iAB) to pro­vide con­sult to the com­pany’s se­nior lead­er­ship team. Ad­di­tion­ally, gm has re­solved to ad­vo­cate for equal­ity in so­cial jus­tice, ed­u­ca­tion, health care and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Black com­mu­nity and other marginal­ized groups. Ac­cord­ingly, gen­eral mo­tors des­ig­nated $10 mil­lion to sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­mote in­clu­sion and racial jus­tice. An ini­tial $1 mil­lion will go to the nAACP Le­gal de­fense and ed­u­ca­tion Fund. the com­pany is de­ter­min­ing ad­di­tional re­cip­i­ents based on in­put from in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal sources, in­clud­ing em­ployee re­source groups (ergs) and the iAB. these com­mit­ments are pro­mot­ing more ac­tive di­a­logue about in­clu­sion, race and so­cial jus­tice. eleven ergs are col­lec­tively shar­ing their sto­ries and help­ing en­gage em­ploy­ees in un­der­stand­ing cul­tures, tra­di­tions and cir­cum­stances, and gm’s lead­er­ship teams are com­mit­ted to turn­ing aware­ness into ac­tion. “A year from now, what i re­ally ex­pect to see is that we are dif­fer­ent than we are to­day.” mc­gruder said. “We will be think­ing dif­fer­ently about di­ver­sity, eq­uity and in­clu­sion. We will also un­der­stand where we are on our jour­ney, what we have to do and be in the mode of con­stantly work­ing our con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment prac­tices.”

 ??  ?? tELvA MC­GrUDEr Chief of di­ver­sity, eq­uity and in­clu­sion, gm
tELvA MC­GrUDEr Chief of di­ver­sity, eq­uity and in­clu­sion, gm

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