General Motors (GM), one of the world’s largest automakers,was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 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: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Russia. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. In addition, it provides automotive financing services through its subsidiary, General Motors Financial Company, Inc., which purchases automobile finance contracts for new and used vehicles purchased by consumers primarily from franchised and select independent dealerships. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009.
CEO: Daniel F. Akerson; Revenues: $152.46 Billion (2010); Employees: 287,000 (2010).
Statements on Climate Change
“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
Climate Change Targets
GM has a strong record of achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. From 2000 - 2009, GM's North American facilities reduced energy usage by 62 percent and CO2 emissions by 61 percent. During the same time period, GM's global facilities reduced energy usage by 48 percent and C02 emissions by 50 percent. GM also has set several GHG emission reduction targets:
Climate and Energy Strategies
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GM is one of the world's largest automakers.