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General Motors Corporation (GM)

Known for Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet

General Motors Corporation (GM) is a publicly listed auto manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, United States. In 2019 it had US$137.3 billion in revenue and sales of 7.6 million vehicles. General Motors’s largest sales regions are North America and China, with its sales in China driven through a 50:50 joint venture with SAIC Motors. The company also has substantial sales in Brazil and Mexico, as well as small sales in Japan and South Korea.

Assessment Note

General Motors received a full ACT assessment in 2019.

Performance module name Performance module score Rank (0-30)


0.7 /3 #16

Material Investment

0.0 /0.4 #12

Intangible Investment

2.4 /2.4 #1

Sold product performance

3.1 /7 #19


1.2 /2.2 #6


0.6 /1.2 #4


0.6 /0.8 #3

Policy Engagement

0.2 /1.2 #17

Business Model

0.2 /1.8 #19

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GM’s performance in other assessment areas has not improved. It continues to lack a vehicle in-use emissions, target, which is crucial as the decrease in GM’s average vehicle in-use emissions – from 186 grams CO2e per kilometre in 2014 to 161 grams CO2e per kilometre in 2019 – was not rapid enough to align with its well below 2-degree pathway. This is related to GM’s limited low-carbon vehicle sales, which accounted for 1.36 percent of total sales in 2019, compared to the 5.9 percent required by its pathway.

The company also continues to oppose regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions. GM supported the Trump administration’s decision to reduce the ambition of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard in the US and has opposed California’s decision to maintain the more stringent standard introduced under the Obama administration. It seems GM is not yet fully committed to a low-carbon future.

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  1. 2019
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More about the company

Ownership structure
Publicly listed
Revenue (2019)
US$137.3 billion
Number of vehicles sold (2019)