Back in 2020, GM CEO Mary Barra made a commitment to transform General Motors into the most inclusive company in the world. Now, GM is actively working towards that goal with a number of programs and changes within the company.
According to a recent report from The Detroit News, GM’s executive director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Tamberlin “Tammy” Golden, is among those leading the change in GM’s workforce strategy. Golden was appointed to her current position in May of 2021, although her career at GM goes back more than three decades. Now, Golden is addressing issues within GM to make the automaker more inclusive, such as changing how frontline leaders are hired in the manufacturing sector by eliminating the need for a college degree when a degree is not necessary.
Golden is also leading a new partnership with Udacity set to award 100 scholarships as part of the new Java Programming Nanodegree program. The program is focused on providing opportunities to those who have been historically underrepresented in technology roles, with students readied for roles within GM that have been re-credentialed to focus primarily on skills.
GM is showing progress towards becoming more inclusive. According to a Bloomberg index, GM was above average in certain metrics, with 19.1 percent of the automaker’s U.S. workforce listing their race as Black, as compared to the national average of 14 percent, while 27 percent listed their gender as female, as compared to the national average of 23.9 percent.
GM is also allocating substantial resources in support of organizations addressing racial justice and gender inequality, with $10 million committed in 2020, and $22 million in 2021. Per the recent GM Sustainability Report, the latest financial commitments include support for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and the Smithsonian Latino Center.