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GM Establishes Wildlife Habitat at Gunsan, is Halfway to Habitat Establishment Goal

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Royal azaleas bloom at the two-acre wildlife habitat at GM’s Gunsan Complex in South Korea

Royal azaleas bloom at the two-acre wildlife habitat at GM’s Gunsan Complex in South Korea
Photo: © General Motors

General Motors announced that its Gunsan plant in South Korea has become its first Asian manufacturing site to earn Wildlife Habitat Council certification for establishing a sustainable environment for wildlife on its grounds. This makes Gunsan GM’s 46th plant to earn the WHC’s designation and puts it halfway toward its goal of receiving comparable certification at all manufacturing sites by 2020.

“General Motors’ continued conservation leadership and commitment to habitat enhancement sets an example for other companies to follow,” said Margaret O’Gorman, president, Wildlife Habitat Council. “The global aspect of GM’s participation in conservation programs raises awareness of corporate conservation’s impact in enhancing ecosystems of value around the world.”

By the end of 2015, GM will have a wide lead over other automakers in terms of WHC certifications. The automaker currently manages 4,700 acres of wildlife habitat in seven countries, and it earned seven new certifications in 2015 alone.

“Our global scale gives us an opportunity to enhance diverse ecosystems in the communities where we live and work, from wetlands and deserts to woodlands and prairies,” said Greg Martin, GM executive director for Sustainability. “We work with schools, nonprofits and conservation groups in our communities to increase awareness about wildlife and habitat preservation at the local level.”

In 2014, GM was also the first company to establish a certified wildlife habitat in China.