The reopening of the GM plants in Mexico also depends on that of suppliers. The carmaker was also allegedly assessing when to reopen plants in the central state of San Luis Potosi, and in Toluca, near Mexico City. The Mexican government said that Mexico’s automotive industry, which has been closed for two weeks, could exit the coronavirus lockdown before June 1 if the companies establish approved safety measure protocols. Seating and component suppliers such as Lear are also said to be taking steps to resume production in the country. According to Lear, 18 workers were killed by the virus at the Rio Bravo plant, one of the 42 sites the company operates across Mexico, which employs about 3,000 people.

Lear has recently announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact Initiative, which seeks to encourage companies to align their operations with ten universal principles supporting human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In addition, signatories pledge to support 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, and supporting a clean environment. “We are proud to join other companies in 166 countries in the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world”, said Ray Scott, President and CEO, Lear. “We believe that tackling the problems of economic well-being, education and environmental conservation can spur economic growth. We are excited to support these ongoing efforts with our commitment and participation in the UN Global Compact.”