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GM CONTINUES LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORTING MINORITIES, EDUCATION

 GM CONTINUES LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORTING MINORITIES, EDUCATION
 OMAHA, Neb., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Business and government have a responsibility to support efforts aimed at establishing "opportunities for jobs and a chance to live in a safe and healthy world," a top General Motors (NYSE: GM) official said here today.
 Improving the nation's educational system is crucial because "education is the foundation on which the future of our country is built," Gerald A. Knechtel, GM vice president of personnel, North American Operations, told the annual meeting of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OIC/A).
 GM has created educational opportunities for both its employees and others through support of educational and civic institutions.
 Examples of actions GM has taken to demonstrate its commitment to the future include:
 -- Combined total of more than $61 million of charitable contributions in 1991.
 -- A five-year minority-support program implemented in 1990 aimed at increasing the number of minorities pursuing engineering, science, math and business-related studies.
 -- Scholarships at 37 colleges and universities -- 21 of which are predominantly minority institutions.
 -- An unequaled commitment to providing education and training to employees -- more than $1.6 billion committed to programs since 1984.
 "The importance of an educated, highly skilled work force is obviously critical to the future of any business," Knechtel said. GM is a leader in assuring that "all employees are given the world-class tools they need before they enter the workplace," he added.
 GM has taken additional actions to assure that minorities have enhanced opportunities now and in the future.
 Despite reducing its total number of employees in the United States last year, "GM successfully recruited 7 percent of all black engineering graduates. And 21 percent of all of GM's new college hires were minorities," Knechtel said.
 He said GM intends to increase the number of minority dealers to 268 by the end of 1993. Last year, GM had 192 minority-owned dealerships. "This is particularly significant when you consider that the overall dealer body is actually decreasing," Knechtel said.
 GM has also taken a leadership role in developing relationships with minority suppliers. "GM leads corporate America in purchasing more than $1 billion of material and services from minority-owned businesses last year for the fifth straight year," Knechtel said.
 "Minority suppliers also have the full support of top management, with GM Chairman Robert Stempel accepting the chairmanship of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, of which GM is a charter member," Knechtel explained.
 Knechtel noted that General Motors signed a "fair share" agreement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1989 and a joint declaration with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) earlier this year. "Together we are monitoring our minority programs to enhance their effectiveness," he said.
 "With operations in more than 40 countries around the world, GM recognizes the business importance of effectively managing cultural diversity," Knechtel explained, adding that, "GM pledges to continue its policies and practices to achieve equal economic opportunities for blacks and other minorities in all phases of its business relationships."
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