General Motors has provided an update on where the company stands with its 2020 biodiversity goal across the entire globe.
GM is now halfway to its goal of having a wildlife habitat at each of its manufacturing facilities. The Gunsan plant in South Korea houses rescued trees, where wildlife flourishes. The Orion assembly plant has begun establishing an onsite pollinator garden to protect declining populations of honeybees and monarch butterflies. The Kansas City Fairfax assembly sits as home to mourning doves and scissortail flycatchers that take refuge on the site’s 2½ acres of habitat.
And those are just a few examples of the automaker’s biodiversity sites.
“General Motors’ continued conservation leadership and commitment to habitat enhancement sets an example for other companies to follow,” said Margaret O’Gorman, president, Wildlife Habitat Council. “The global aspect of GM’s participation in conservation programs raises awareness of corporate conservation’s impact in enhancing ecosystems of value around the world.”
Across the globe, GM manages 4,700 acres of habitat in seven different countries, providing refuge for local habitats. GM also leads all automakers with Wildlife Habitat Council certifications. Seven GM sites earned new certifications this year and 12 earned recertification, having shown continuous growth of their habitats and environmental education programs.
“Our global scale gives us an opportunity to enhance diverse ecosystems in the communities where we live and work, from wetlands and deserts to woodlands and prairies,” said Greg Martin, GM executive director for Sustainability. “We work with schools, nonprofits and conservation groups in our communities to increase awareness about wildlife and habitat preservation at the local level.”