We're a pioneer and leader in supplier diversity development.
Since the inception of our Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) Program in 1968, we've purchased over $67 billion of goods and services from minority- and women-owned business enterprises. Our support has helped establish the first generation of minority and women automotive suppliers.
Leveraging our Purchasing Power
Supplier diversity is rooted in our heritage. Similar to the innovative $5-a-day wage, supplier diversity creates a "virtuous circle" in which our purchasing power is used to buy goods and services from minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE).
We expect the M/WBEs we support to align with our company values and demonstrate a shared commitment through investment in economically distressed areas, employment of historically disadvantaged workers and the utilization of other minority- and women-owned business enterprises.
We also support trade associations that strengthen the practice of supplier diversity, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women's Business Enterprise National Council, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and their local affiliate councils.
Visit the Ford Motor Company Supplier Diversity Development website for more information.