Buyers at General Motors have teamed up with some of their suppliers to help build and restore affordable homes for families in Detroit.
Together they have formed an initiative called Supplying Communities Together and will make financial contributions and volunteer side by side to benefit Habitat for Humanity Detroit.
Grace Lieblein, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain and GM Foundation board member, said the foundation and several suppliers have pledged to donate $948,500 (£590,350) and commit 2,500 of employees work hours to the cause.
Lieblein said: “Supplier relationships are a priority for our team. Our suppliers are essential to GM’s efforts to provide customers with the best products and overall experience in the industry. This is a win-win-win for our communities, our suppliers and GM. It’s about building lasting relationships that matter – the ones that help you better communicate, problem-solve, share ideas and work together as a team.”
Matt Simoncini, president, CEO and director of Lear Corp, who was speaking on behalf of the companies participating in Supplying Communities Together, added: “We have been business partners with General Motors as well as partners in community projects and charitable causes for a long time. This is another joint effort that will engage our employees for a great cause.”
Overall, the GM Foundation, which donates hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organisations and disaster relief efforts worldwide, has granted nearly $1.6 million (£995,000) to Habitat for Humanity this year. Along with efforts in Detroit and across Michigan, the funds support at least 10 new home builds and 15 neighbourhood revitalisation projects across the US.
In May, GM fell into last place in a ranking of supplier relationship management among US and Japanese automakers. The 2014 OEM-Supplier Relations Study, produced by Planning Perspectives, showed GM had displaced Chrysler in the bottom spot among the six main car manufacturers serving the US.