General Motors is an enormous enterprise, spanning six continents with hundreds of facilities and millions of vehicles produced annually. Now, thanks to the 2020 General Motors Sustainability Report, we’re gaining further insight into GM’s size and scope, which included some 155,000 employees during the 2020 calendar year.
Per to the 2020 General Motors Sustainability Report, GM employed 155,000 people at 322 facilities around the world, including 88 manufacturing plants in 29 countries. GM also lists affiliations with 12,358 locally owned dealerships worldwide.
Those 155,000 employees include 112,000 workers employed by GM North America, or 72.26 percent of the total workforce, 34,000 workers employed by GM International, or 21.94 percent of the total workforce, and 9,000 workers employed by GM Financial, or 5.8 percent of the total workforce.
The General Motors 2020 Global Workforce was predominantly male, with 77.7 percent of Total Regular Employees (107,622 employees) being male and 22.3 percent (30,847 employees) being female. Among temporary workers, 58.1 percent (3,031 temp workers) were male and 41.9 percent (2,184 temp workers) were female. Among managers, 79.2 percent (7,464 managers) were male and 20.8 percent (1,961 managers) were female, while among non-managers, 76.9 percent (103,189 non-managers) were male and 23.1 percent (31,070 non-managers) were female.
The breakdown also lists 45,803 hourly employees and 36,048 salary employees in the U.S. GM workforce.
With regard to production, General Motors sold 6.829 million vehicles globally last year, with roughly 2,924,000 units sold in North America, 470,000 units sold in South America, 3,434,000 units sold in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, and 1,000 units sold in Europe. Worldwide, GM supported 12,358 dealers, including 4,697 dealers under GM North America, and 7,661 dealers under GM International. GM also sold products in some 83 countries, with 12.4 percent of global sales being fleet sales.
Interestingly, GM’s EV portfolio last year included 10 models with some form of electrification, with an estimated 953,729 metric tons of CO2 emissions “avoided” and 2.3 billion gasoline miles “displaced.” The automaker states that there were 151,579 GM electric vehicles on the road in the U.S. in 2020.