General Motors has agreed to share data on the race, ethnicity and gender of its workforce with the New York City Comptroller.
According to Bloomberg, GM is one of more than thirty major U.S. companies that have agreed to share the previously private workforce data in a separate regulatory filing starting next year. The publication says the initiative, led by New York City and Comptroller Scott Stringer, is to encourage transparency among companies that make explicit public statements supporting diversity or inclusion.
Bloomberg also points out that Stringer identified 67 companies in total that made statements of support for inclusion/diversity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd but were not reporting diversity data with the city. These companies, including GM, will now report the relevant data to the city through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
More than 100 S&P 500 companies already release data regarding the diversity of their workforces, including Facebook, however this is done voluntarily.
GM CEO Mary Barra established a new Inclusion Advisory Board earlier this year after Floyd’s death and the nationwide protests that followed, which she said “will guide our work to improve diversity and inclusion in our company, with the ultimate aspiration of making GM the most inclusive company in the world,” The board includes Barra, Skillman Foundation president and CEO Tonya Allen, Ignition Media Group CEO Dennis Archer Jr. and GM president Mark Reuss, among others.
“We have a lot of work to do as a board and as a company, but this is an encouraging start,” Barra said in a memo sent to GM employees earlier this year announcing the new diversity board. “Please continue the dialogue with one another and in your own social circles, because dialogue leads to understanding and understand leads to change, Together, we will do this.”
Other companies that were not disclosing diversity data identified by the NYC Comptroller include BlackRock, Starbucks and Verizon, Bloomberg reports.