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Implementing Innovative Recruitment Processes Through Diversity Partnerships

General Motors (GM) — one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers — has voiced its ambition to be the most inclusive company in the world. As the company looks to increasingly diversify its workforce, GM has developed an innovative recruitment process that extends the scope beyond traditional hiring practices. The outreach and strategic diversity partnership programmes are core elements of this initiative.

GM has built key relationships and partnerships with organizations such as Black Engineer of the Year, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Women of Color in Technology. As of 2018, 33% of new hires were of minority populations, and women and minorities represent 40% of corporate officers.

Additionally, GM also funds innovative programmes that encourage and support the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies by women, ethnic minorities and underrepresented groups. For example, the company donated US$255,000 in 2017 to the ‘Black Girls Code’ programme in Detroit.