American Arab Professionals recognize GM’s diversity efforts
The American Arab Professionals Network (AAPN) is recognizing General Motors with its Champion of Diversity Award for its 2017 diversity and inclusion efforts.
The award recognizes companies excelling above and beyond supporting diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
“This award is really important as it further identifies GM as a workplace of choice and an environment that appreciates diversity and inclusion and everyone’s ability to contribute to their full potential irrespective of their race, gender and ethnicity,” said Rami Debouk, former chair and current treasurer of GM’s Middle East South East Asian (MESEA) Employee Resource Group (ERG).
“It means a lot to MESEA’s members that GM’s mission and core values are being appreciated and recognized by a leading organization in the Arab American community,” he added.
GM created ERGs in an effort to welcome and maintain a diverse and multicultural workforce and environment, providing an intimate community for diverse groups within a large company.
“GM’s dedication to diversity and inclusion, finding and growing the best and brightest talent from around the world and capitalizing on new and emerging markets, is critical to maintaining GM’s position as a global leader,” said Global Diversity Manager Julie Xiong.
GM currently maintains twelve ERGs within the company, including (MESEA).
MESEA currently hosts more than 300 employee members Middle East, North African and South East Asian origin. MESEA offers a variety of programming and support to its members, including hosting career development and networking events, informal mentoring workshops, representing members at cultural events, sharing cultural knowledge with colleagues and leaders, volunteering in the community and more.
All GM employees are encouraged to join and participate in activities from across all ERGs.
GM will be awarded the 2017 Champion of Diversity Award at the 12th Annual American Arab Professionals Network (AAPN) Annual Dinner on May 17, 2017 in Dearborn, Mich.
About General Motors
General Motors is a leading global manufacturer of automobiles and transportation services. In 2015, GM and its partners sold 9.8 million vehicles in more than 120 countries around the world. At a time of unprecedented change in the global auto industry, GM is leveraging decades of customer experience to lead and define the future of personal mobility. We are integrating connectivity, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, autonomous driving, ridesharing and alternative propulsion to provide customers with the technology and solutions they demand. GM was founded in 1908 by William C. Durant. Today, GM builds cars, trucks and crossovers in 30 countries around the world. Our largest national markets are China, the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Mexico. GM’s brands include Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, and Wuling. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, GM employs more than 200,000 people around the world.