General Motors Company

Company Description
General Motors (GM), one of the world’s largest automakers, was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. GM employs over 200,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 140 countries. The company sells its cars and trucks to dealers for consumer retail sales, as well as to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments. GM and its strategic partners sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM also has significant equity stakes in major joint ventures in China including SAIC-GM, SAIC-GM-Wuling, FAW-GM and GM Korea.

GM continues to develop innovative technologies to shape the future of the automotive industry. GM is expanding its leadership in vehicle electrification with advancements in batteries, electric motors and power controls.  The GM team is also working on a range of high-volume, fuel-saving technologies including direct injection, variable valve timing, turbo-charging, six-speed transmissions, diesel engines, and improved aerodynamic designs. GM has also established GM Ventures to help the company identify and develop innovative technologies by exploring equity investments in new auto-related technologies. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009.

CEO: Mary Barra; Revenues: $155.95 Billion (2013); Employees: 219,000 (2013).

Climate and Energy Targets
Greenhouse gases:

  • Reduce carbon intensity from facilities by 20 percent by 2010 from a 2010 baseline.
  • Chevrolet announced in 2010 that it will invest up to $40M in various carbon-reduction projects throughout America with a goal to reduce up to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.


  • Reduce carbon intensity from facilities by 20 percent by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.
  • Promote global renewable energy use to utilize 125 MW of renewable energy by 2020.


  • Protect water quality and reduce water intensity by 15 percent by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.

Did You Know?
“GM has made great progress in reducing our environmental impact, but we know we can do more. [GM's] investment is an extension of the environmental initiatives we’ve been undertaking for years because the solution to global environmental challenges goes beyond just vehicles." ~CEO Daniel Akerson

GM is engaged in a range of climate and energy-related initiatives.  Read more about them on GM’s environment blog, BeyondNow

Video: Hear Michael Robinson, GM's Vice President of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs, discuss the company's strategy towards protecting the environment.

Video: Learn about Chevy’s Carbon Reduction Commitment


GM Corporate Website

GM Environment Website

GM Sustainability Website