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History Inspired, Thinking Forward

Discover Our Blueprint for Sustainability...


In 1914, Henry Ford more than doubled his workers’ wages to $5 per day and shortened the work day from nine to eight hours. These actions, which many other manufacturers ultimately followed, improved working conditions and helped build the American middle class. Ford Motor Company continues to be a pioneer on social issues. We were the first automaker to implement a code of working conditions to support human rights in our own and our suppliers’ operations. We are now focused on responsible sourcing of raw materials, including conflict minerals, in our supply chain.

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In 1954, Ford performed its first vehicle crash test, well before these tests were required by law. In 2014, we performed our 20,000th crash test. Today, as back then, we work to make advanced safety technologies attainable for all our customers, by offering many of our advanced safety features as standard equipment on a wide array of vehicles, not just our luxury models.

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In the early 1900s, Ford formalized efforts to cultivate a tolerant workplace and to actively hire and adapt our workplace for disabled individuals. Today, we emphasize diversity and inclusion as part of our One Ford behaviors and regularly exceed our goal of sourcing at least 10 percent of U.S. supply chain purchases from minority- and women-owned businesses, winning third-party recognition for our efforts.

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Even a century ago, our company was thinking globally. We sold our first Model Ts in China in 1913. Today, we have 65 plants worldwide and distribution across six continents. Our globalized platforms – and vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta, Focus, C‑MAX, Escape/Kuga and Fusion – have created a clear and consistent identity for Ford in the world marketplace, while reducing our costs and improving manufacturing efficiency.

Read more: Financial Health


In the 1990s, the local lake supplying water to the community of Hermosillo, Mexico, and to Ford’s manufacturing facility there dried up, after a prolonged drought in the already water-stressed region. Ford responded by reducing our use of municipal water by 40 percent. We later added cutting-edge water conservation technologies, such as biological membrane reactors, to remain “water neutral” even while increasing production by 60 percent. We are now delivering the technologies and lessons learned from Hermosillo to other operations globally.

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After World War II, Henry Ford II hired 10 young former Air Force officers who had gained fame for the management systems they created to aid the decision making of top generals. Dubbed the “Whiz Kids,” the team developed an integrated financial and corporate management system that revolutionized Ford’s approach to business organization. Today, Ford has continued to advance effective management practices by integrating sustainability goals and governance issues into our overall business management systems.

Read more: Our Blueprint for Sustainability


Henry Ford believed in a partnership between industry and agriculture, each using the products of the other. He invented uses for agricultural materials, including soybean oil in plastic body panels and wheat-straw-reinforced steering wheels. We are continuing this thinking today. For example, in the armrest of the 2014 Lincoln MKX, Ford introduced the first-ever automotive application of a new, cellulose-reinforced plastic, which replaces fiberglass reinforcement with fibers from sustainably produced trees.

Read more: Climate Change and the Environment

Reinventing the F-150

In 2013, Ford reinvented the Ford F-150, America’s favorite truck. The all-new F-150 is the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – setting the standard for the future of trucks.

Our Executive Chairman

“We want to be a leader in wireless automotive communication technology, in line with our Blueprint for Mobility, which maps out a step-by-step plan to achieve an integrated, sustainable transportation system by mid-century.”

Conflict Minerals

Our approach to managing conflict minerals compliance is consistent with our supply chain sustainability approach, and we are working closely with our suppliers to increase supply chain transparency.

Our Regions

Read about key sustainability initiatives in our Asia Pacific Africa, Europe, and South America regions.

A Legacy of Giving Back

We have supported community efforts for more than 100 years. And it’s not just about donating money. It’s about building partnerships to address difficult challenges.

Our Blue Plan of Action

For many years we have been deeply committed to conserving water within our own facilities. Our corporate water strategy is taking this commitment to the next level.

Voice: Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company

“For every new vehicle we create, we follow a 100-point environmental checklist that helps us identify the production and facilities improvements we can make as we’re pushing it through development.”

C‑MAX Solar Energi Concept

Ford’s C‑MAX Solar Energi Concept is a first-of-its-kind, sun-powered vehicle. Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the vehicle harnesses the power of the sun.