Corporation of the Year – General Motors
As a pioneer of supplier diversity, GM is committed to building a global culture of diversity and inclusion which provides a strategic advantage for designing, building, and selling the world’s best vehicles.
Their commitment to diverse supplier inclusion is apparent from their direct spend of more than $210 million dollars with CAMSC certified suppliers in 2013, a 95% increase from the previous year.
But their commitment extends far beyond dollars spent. GM has invited qualified CAMSC suppliers to participate in its comprehensive supplier mentorship program, and has teamed up with CAMSC to host a targeted supplier feedback forum and networking sessions.
Their annual Supplier Connections event enables certified suppliers to connect with more than 100 automotive Tier 1 suppliers to GM, dramatically increasing their opportunities for networking and business connections.
They advocate the business value of supplier diversity at outreach events across Canada with CAMSC and other organizations, helping to build understanding and momentum for an inclusive supply chain. GM also hosts various supplier development sessions, including hosting MMSDC’s Immersion Day, with the goal of strengthening strategic thinking by diverse suppliers and enhancing their growth potential.
Clearly, their supplier diversity leadership is helping them meet their commitment to deliver “Vehicles as diverse as the people who build them”.
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