General Motors has been ranked as one of the best places to work for those with disabilities by Disability:IN, a non-profit dedicated to business disability inclusion.
GM had a perfect score of 100 percent in the 2021 Disability Equality Index, certifying it as one of the best places to work for disabled people worldwide. Ford Motor Company also received a perfect score in the 2021 Disability Equality Index, making GM and its crosstown Detroit rival the only two automakers to receive a perfect score.
Disability:IN says a score of 100 in this index does not necessarily mean a company cannot do more to further its disability inclusion efforts. Rather, a score of 100 on the index “simply means that a company adheres to many of the numerous leading disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI,” the non-profit says.
GM has made strides in recent years to be a more inclusive and diverse place to work under the leadership of CEO Mary Barra, who is the only female CEO of a major automaker. In the wake of the George Floyd protests last year, Barra set up an inclusion advisory board dedicated to implementing new protocols and policies within the company to support diversity. The automaker also joined the OneTen Initiative last year, a non-profit that aims to provide one million Black Americans with jobs within the next decade, and joined the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance in March.
“Our goal is to create a climate where everyone is valued for who they are, and able to contribute in a way that elevates their skills and passions while working as one team to grow our business,” General Motors Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Telva McGruder, said after the automaker joined the KPI Alliance earlier this year. “Galvanizing our global team in trust, transparency and innovation will allow us to not only lead the industry but more positively impact communities and the world.”