CASE STUDIES

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM)
DJSI Submission Support

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is a global automotive company committed to building stronger communities and a better world through improved mobility.  From electrified and fuel-efficient vehicles to car- and ride-sharing services, the company is on a mission to transform transportation.

GM believes in acting responsibly across the globe. BrownFlynn supported GM in developing its response to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) questionnaire. BrownFlynn’s analysis of GM’s previous scorecard and response, combined with insights regarding changes in DJSI methodology, helped GM prioritize questionnaire sections. To help GM content owners understand the importance of responding to the DJSI questionnaire, BrownFlynn developed a business case that identified the value of the process as well as being selected for an index.

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SERVICES

  • Business case

  • Gap analysis

  • DJSI survey response

RESULTS

In 2015 and again in 2016, GM was selected as a member of Dow Jones Sustainability Index—North America. The company remains the only automaker on the North American index.

TESTIMONIAL

David Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability: “Participating in the annual assessment engages teams across the total enterprise and helps them understand the role they play in making GM a more sustainable company. It raises C-suite awareness of sustainability impacts. It also helps us understand where we still have more work to do.”  Read more about the value of responding to the DJSI questionnaire.

G4-1
Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
G4-3
Name of the organization
G4-4
Primary brands, products, and services
G4-5
Location of organization’s headquarters
G4-6
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
G4-7
Nature of ownership and legal form
G4-8
Markets served
G4-9
Scale of the reporting organization
G4-10
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
G4-11
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
G4-12
Description of the organization’s supply chain
G4-13
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
G4-14
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
G4-15
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
G4-16
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
G4-17
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
G4-18
Process for defining report content
G4-19
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
G4-20
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
G4-21
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
G4-22
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
G4-23
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
G4-24
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
G4-25
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
G4-26
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
G4-27
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
G4-28
Reporting period
G4-29
Date of most recent previous report
G4-30
Reporting cycle
G4-31
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
G4-32
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
G4-33
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
G4-34
Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
G4-56
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
G4-DMA
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
G4-EC3
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
G4-EC4
Financial assistance received from government.
G4-EC8
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
G4-LA1
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
G4-LA9
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
G4-LA11
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.