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At General Motors, innovation is our north star. As the first automotive company to mass-produce an affordable electric car, and the first to develop an electric starter and air bags, GM has always pushed the limits of engineering.

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Top 10 Ways Brands Used Their Power to Create a More Sustainable World in 2013
Top 10 Ways Brands Used Their Power to Create a More Sustainable World in 2013

9 years ago - 2013 was a banner year for companies using their muscle to drive transformative change, both internally and globally. Without further ado, here is just a taste of some of the progress we found most inspiring.

Over 380 Waitrose, John Lewis Stores to Be Powered by Renewables Through New Deal
Over 380 Waitrose, John Lewis Stores to Be Powered by Renewables Through New Deal

9 years ago - Already leading the charge when it comes to wiping out its food and plastic waste, The John Lewis Partnership has become the latest company to commit to drastically increasing its use of renewable energy. The UK retail giant recently announced a new partnership with SmartestEnergy to supply over 380 of its Waitrose and John Lewis stores with 100 percent clean power.

GM Hires First Female CEO in Automotive Industry
GM Hires First Female CEO in Automotive Industry

9 years ago - General Motors last week announced that Mary Barra will replace Dan Akerson as CEO on January 15, 2014 — making her the first woman to lead a major automaker. Barra currently serves an executive vice president in the company’s global product development unit.With more than 30 years' experience at GM, Barra rose through a series of manufacturing, engineering and senior staff positions, the company says. Notably, Barra helped to facilitate GM’s turnaround after its 2009 bankruptcy and reorganization.“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra in a GM news release. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

GM Global Headquarters Achieves Zero Waste
GM Global Headquarters Achieves Zero Waste

9 years ago - General Motors announced this week that its company headquarters in Detroit produces 5 million pounds of trash annually — the equivalent of 200,000 full garbage bags — which GM now diverts from the landfill. The automaker says the complex now recycles 49 percent of its total waste and converts the rest, including food scraps and used containers, to renewable energy that powers other nearby businesses.While GM already has more than 100 landfill-free sites, the Renaissance Center is the most complex, and is the only facility open to the public. Covering 5.5 million square feet, the building houses the Western Hemisphere's tallest all-hotel skyscraper, 11 other businesses, 20 restaurants and 27 retailers. It accommodates 12,000 office workers and 3,000 visitors daily.

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Apple, Ford Receive Perfect Scores in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index
Apple, Ford Receive Perfect Scores in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

9 years ago - Apple, Ford, HP and 10 other fortune-ranked companies recently received 100 percent ratings in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report, a national benchmark for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) workplace inclusion.Other fortune-ranked companies to receive perfect scores include Chevron, General Motors, GE, AT&T, Bank of America, McKesson, Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, IBM and Citigroup.

Detroit Renewable Energy Steaming Up GM Assembly Plant
Detroit Renewable Energy Steaming Up GM Assembly Plant

9 years ago - General Motors and Detroit Renewable Energy have announced a renewable energy project to turn solid municipal waste from the city of Detroit into process steam that will be used to heat and cool portions of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.When the project is operational, 58 percent of the plant’s energy needs will come from renewable energy, making Detroit-Hamtramck the top GM facility in the world by percentage of renewable energy used.

GM Donation Insulates 400 More Coats for the Homeless
GM Donation Insulates 400 More Coats for the Homeless

9 years ago - General Motors has made an additional donation of scrap sound-absorption material from its Chevy Malibu and Buick Verano models to a Detroit nonprofit for use as insulation in waterproof, self-heating coats that become sleeping bags for the homeless.

GM, Honda to Collaborate on Next-Gen Fuel Cell Technologies
GM, Honda to Collaborate on Next-Gen Fuel Cell Technologies

9 years ago - General Motors and Honda have announced a partnership to share expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies by 2020.The automotive companies plan to work together with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure, which they claim is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles.“This collaboration builds upon Honda and GM’s strengths as leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Dan Akerson, GM chairman and CEO. “We are convinced this is the best way to develop this important technology, which has the potential to help reduce the dependence on petroleum and establish sustainable mobility.”

General Motors names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year
General Motors names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year

9 years ago - General Motors names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year SOUTHFIELD, MI, March 27, 2013 -- For the ninth time in the past 11 years, BASF has received General Motors’ (GM) Supplier of the Year Award.

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