Mar 8, 2021

General Motors advances commitment to workplace inclusion

GenderEquality
GeneralMotors
Diversity
inclusion
Georgia Wilson
2 min
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General Motors (GM) has joined the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance to further its commitments to workplace inclusion...

Coinciding with International Women's Day, General Motors (GM) - automotive manufacturer - has joined the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance to further its commitments to workplace inclusion.

In signing into the initiative, the company pledges to use three key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure and improve diversity in the organisation.  

What are the three KPIs GM will be using?

Developed based on the work of multiple advocates including the World Economic Forum International Business Council and the Global Reporting Initiative. 

The three KPIs GM will be measuring include: 

  1. Percentage of representation on the GM board
  2. Percentage of representation by employee category
  3. Pay equality, the ratio of compensation by employee category

“Diversity in all its dimensions — including thought and experience — creates a stronger workforce and promotes innovative thinking. We are proud to be leading equal representation at the board level and are excited for the day when female and diverse leadership at all levels is the norm,” commented Kristen Siemen, Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces, Chief Sustainability Officer, GM and Board of Advisors member, Catalyst.

“By committing to measuring diversity using these KPIs, corporate leaders are taking the steps necessary to drive change. These companies serve as role models for others, demonstrating that leadership and accountability start at the top,” added Lorraine Hariton, Co-Chair, GDKA and President and CEO, Catalyst. 

GM: a history of advocating for gender equity

GM reports that it has long been a leader and advocate for gender equity in the workplace, receiving recognition for its commitment from Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI), Equileap and JUST 100

The automotive manufacturer has been recognised as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere.com. GM received the recognition for “exemplifying and advancing corporate citizenship, transparency and standards of integrity.”

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Jun 16, 2021

Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

Fluentai
BSH
AI
Technology
2 min
Fluent.ai and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics

Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines. 

 

According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.

 

What Sets Fluent.ai Apart? 

After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.  

 

  • Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions. 
  • Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately. 
  • Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations. 

 

How Voice Automation Works

Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production. 

 

‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’. 

 

Future Global Adoption 

In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier. 

 

Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’. 

 

 

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