Our Blueprint for Sustainability
Our sustainability strategy is embedded in our business plan and consistent with our aim to deliver Great Products, a Strong Business and a Better World. At Ford, we define sustainability as a business model that creates value consistent with the long-term preservation and enhancement of environmental, social and financial capital.
For more than a dozen years, we have built our sustainability strategy on a foundation of transparency, accountability and stakeholder engagement. We focus our efforts using a materiality analysis. Our public reporting has been an important part of our commitment to transparency and has helped to drive progress in our company and across the industry.
Key components of our sustainability strategy that address our material issues include the following:
We take a holistic approach to these and other sustainability issues, recognizing the interconnections between them. Our philosophy is that sustainability issues should be integrated into business processes and managed by the organizational functions, just as for other key business issues. For example, our work on human rights and environmental sustainability in the supply chain is managed by our Procurement division and forms an important theme in our ongoing partnerships with our suppliers. Please see the Sustainability Governance and Sustainability Management sections and the letter from Robert Brown for more information on these topics.
Our Sustainability, Environmental & Safety Engineering organization oversees sustainability strategy development and implementation by identifying emerging challenges and opportunities, and mobilizing resources within the company to address them and help us remain competitive in a changing world. A current priority is developing a sustainability network within the company aimed at further integrating sustainability into the global organization.
Our business units have set a series of goals and targets related to sustainability. Our Manufacturing organization, for example, develops a yearly scorecard that impacts performance evaluation and compensation for all managers who work in manufacturing. These targets cover performance areas such as safety, energy and water use, and emissions reductions.
Our sustainability strategy, and the pursuit of our related goals, have enhanced our reputation and contributed to the competitiveness of our products, operations and work force, helping us build social, environmental and financial value.
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