Sustainability 2011/12

Our Blueprint for Sustainability

Public Policy

Every day, government officials around the world make decisions that impact Ford. As a global automotive company, it is important that we have a voice in policies that affect our business in the countries in which we operate, and that Ford be recognized as a credible, leading source of information as those policies are formulated. Across a range of issues – including manufacturing, climate change, energy security, health care reform, human rights, trade, education and vehicle safety, among others – we strive to shape policies that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable for Ford and for the world. Informed policy makes for better policy, whether at the international, national, regional, state or local level.

In this section, we have expanded our reporting in response to stakeholder feedback. We are including more detail on Ford’s approach to public policy participation and our positions on key U.S. policy issues. This year we have also added some new coverage of policy issues in our regional reports and we continue reporting on regional policy issues in the climate change section. In the future we will expand our reporting on policy issues of importance in other regions of the world. (The Ford policies discussed in this section are outlined in our Code of Conduct Handbook (pdf, 0.99Mb), which applies to Ford globally.)