Helping create a greener, safer and healthier community
BEIJING, China, 25 July 2014 —— General Motors China was recognised today as the fourth-best Fortune 500 company in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Conference in Beijing. It is the second consecutive year that GM has been among the top companies.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Conference is sponsored by Southern Weekly, which is one of China’s most popular and influential newspapers. The forum is helping to increase awareness of CSR among companies while honouring their significant achievements.
“GM China has launched a range of programmes across the country that are supporting environmental protection, road safety and public health,” said GM China Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations Albert Xie. “Our employees, partners and the public have also gotten involved to help create a greener, safer and healthier community.”
GM China hosted several key CSR activities in 2013.
– In April, GM China and its employees donated more than RMB 4 million to support relief and rebuilding efforts in earthquake-hit Ya’an, Sichuan. At the end of the year, GM China launched the “Let Me See You” traffic safety schoolbag initiative in partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) at the Laochang Central Primary School in Ya’an. The ongoing programme will benefit more than 14,000 migrant children and children in China’s poor rural areas.
– In August, the second GM Safe Road Project wrapped up. Individuals posted more than 5,000 posts and 2,760 pictures on a microblog to highlight the theme of “Safety Belt, Safe Journey.” The microblog attracted 220,000 followers, generated 430,000 forwarded posts and received 330,000 comments.
– In November, GM China employees were joined by members of the media for a return visit to the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve to increase public awareness of environmental protection in China. This is part of the three-year GM Restoring Nature’s Habitat Project, which is helping preserve three migratory bird sanctuaries in eastern China.
– In December, Haikou served as the venue for the final leg of the 2013 GM China Consumer Fuel-Saving Challenge. Six models from five GM passenger car brands were featured in the annual event, which also visited Kunming, Xining, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenyang. The programme demonstrated GM’s commitment to developing fuel-efficient products while educating consumers about how to maximise the fuel economy of the vehicles they drive and thus have less environmental impact.
About General Motors
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China.