The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, wants the company to prioritize equitable climate action to help ensure its electric future is inclusive for its current and future workforce, along with customers, and communities that are prone to disproportionately experience the effects of climate change.
“Climate change does not impact every community equally,” said Barra in a news release. “As we move to an all-electric, zero-emissions future, it is on us to lead positive change and implement inclusive solutions that bring everyone along, especially our employees and communities.”
GM also announced a new $25 million Climate Equity Fund, meant to help close equity gaps in the transition to electric vehicles and other sustainable technology. The fund is a complement to the company’s $35 billion global investment in EV and AV programs, research, technology, manufacturing and charging infrastructure.
Barra also provided more information about GM’s broader focus on equitable climate action, including EV access (GM will offer a wide selection of EVs across a range of price points), infrastructure equity (helping to address charging deserts and situations that hinder EV ownership), and climate equity (funding organizations that are closing the climate equity gap at the community level and other key areas).