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General Motors Company

Known for Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet

General Motors is a major US-owned auto manufacturer operating globally with sales of nearly 10 million vehicles in 2017. Its market capitalisation was valued at more than US$53 billion in the same year. General Motors owns Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet.

Ranking position
#11 /25
Total score
9.8 /20
Narrative Score
Trend Score
  • Trend line is up
  • Trend line is equal
  • Trend line is down
Performance module name Performance module score Rank (0-25)


0.8 /3 #14

Material Investment

0.4 /0.4 #1

Intangible Investment

2.4 /2.4 #1

Sold product performance

2.9 /7 #23


0.7 /2.2 #12


0.6 /1.2 #3


0.6 /0.8 #6

Policy Engagement

0.8 /1.2 #2

Business Model

0.7 /1.8 #6
Total score 9.8 /20 #11

Leading practices

Risks and opportunities


A trend score of – is awarded to General Motors. If the company were reassessed in the near-term its score would most likely worsen, as its fleet emissions which are crucial to the low-carbon pathway are likely to increase once it moves out of the European market. The company has invested significantly in electrification research and development. It has also pledged to switch 75 percent of its internal combustion engine vehicles to electric, however the company has yet to provide a timeline for this. Given its battery manufacturing history, General Motors may be prepared for electric vehicles sooner than anticipated. General Motors is diversifying its business activities with several electric vehicle charging station development programmes and several vehicle-as-a-service solutions; however, it lacks a low-carbon transition plan.

Progress towards the Paris Agreement

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  1. 2020
  2. 2021

More about the company

Detroit, USA
Ownership structure
Publicly listed
Group revenue (2017)
US$157.3 billion
Number of vehicles sold (2017)
~10 million light duty passenger cars
Market capitalisation (2017)
US$53.7 billion