Water conservation is increasingly important to our stakeholders and to our own operations, particularly in our areas of operation that face challenges such as drought and significant population growth. By reporting our progress, we support positive social change and reduce the environmental impacts of our facilities.
Ford’s water strategy, which looks at our water use from both an environmental and a social perspective, is evaluated at the highest levels of our Company. Our Board of Directors reviews our water-related progress annually.
We have established a cross-functional team from across Ford divisions, including our Environmental Quality, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Research and Community Engagement functions, to review water issues in a holistic way. This team has been meeting with a variety of groups – such as the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the U.N. Global Compact, the U.S. State Department and the Global Water Challenge – to gain a better appreciation of outside stakeholder perspectives.
We’re aiming to be an industry leader on issues of water. To do so, we’re improving our own operational footprint, engaging with our communities, and working with researchers, policy makers and nongovernmental organizations on ways to make an impact.