People

Diversity and Inclusion

We seek to embrace diversity and inclusion at every level of the company, and take pride in a workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work.

Diversity Matters

From the top down, Ford embraces diversity and inclusion. The different backgrounds, opinions, experiences and perspectives of a diverse workforce make us a stronger business, and help to foster a truly collaborative workplace.

As an equal opportunity employer, Ford considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

We seek to incorporate our diversity into every part of our business, to leverage our skills, compete in the marketplace and serve our communities. Diversity and inclusion is a collaborative effort across our entire enterprise, and requires cross-functional collaboration with employee resource groups (ERGs), Ford Fund Motor Company Fund and Community Services, dealer groups and supplier organizations.

Our Focus Areas

The inclusive environment we work hard to create enables us to forge high-performing teams that drive business success. It also encourages our employees to:

  • Maximize their professional and personal development
  • Recognize and respect the whole person
  • Value the differences in employees’ background, experience, knowledge and skills
  • Maximize the benefits derived from a diverse workforce

Our diversity and inclusion vision is to have a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters skilled and motivated people working together to drive innovation and deliver results in support of our core business and emerging opportunities.

To achieve our vision, we have identified five strategic areas of focus:

  1. Leading the Way

    Led by our CEO, our executive leadership team champions diversity and inclusion at Ford, integrating these perspectives into business objectives and human resources processes. In 2015, we named a dedicated Chief Diversity Officer.

  2. Diverse Workforce

    We support a number of ERGs that help to foster diversity and inclusion. These networks of people with common interests and experiences create cross-functional connections and support professional development. Our ERGs include groups for employees from particular ethnic backgrounds; veteran and military employees; employees dealing with disabilities; female professionals; working parents; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees; and groups for employees of faith. Supporters of any particular group also are welcome to participate.

  3. Respectful and Inclusive Work Environment

    One Ford behaviors are communicated via our intranet site and through training, and the winners of our many diversity and inclusion awards are highlighted in internal newsletters and on social media sites. Other resources include employee assistance programs, wellness initiatives, mothers’ rooms for nursing mothers and meditation rooms.

  4. Worklife Flexibility

    Worklife flexibility creates a competitive advantage and addresses the evolving needs of our global, multi-generational workforce. We make options such as reduced and flexible schedules, job sharing and telecommuting available to many employees, and offer WebEx, Instant Messenger and enhanced mobile access. We also use Ford Digital Worker, an IT program that provides our employees with easy-to-use productivity and communication tools. These help to facilitate global connections and communications for creating, sharing and finding information, and integrating personal and worklife priorities.

  5. Strategic Partnerships

    Our ERGs often organize volunteer activities, providing us with an opportunity to better understand our communities. Partnering with other agencies, recent initiatives include:

    • Mentoring, offering scholarships, and providing uniforms and school supplies to underprivileged children
    • Collecting and sorting donations of clothing, toys and household items for a range of charities
    • Volunteering at local food banks, local hospitals and old people’s homes
    • Sponsoring local veterans and their families during the holidays
    • Sponsoring neighborhood revitalization projects
    • Global fundraising efforts for natural disasters, and raising funds to support children in Detroit and India

Our 2015 Diversity Performance

Of our global salaried workforce:

26% were female

18% of managers1 were female

Of our United States workforce (both hourly and salaried employees):

29% were members of minority groups

22% were female

Of our 15-member Board of Directors:

2 are women

2 identify themselves as members of minority groups

Of our 44 corporate officers:

6 are women

8 identify themselves as members of minority groups

  1. Middle management and above.

We will continue to review and revise our diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure we apply best practices to attract and retain the best people.

More information on our United States workforce can be found in the GRI Index.

“Diversity is inherent to our enterprise and inclusion is essential to making diversity a competitive advantage for Ford. Valuing differences within our team enhances our creativity and ability to provide the innovative products our consumers desire, while ensuring a better company and a better future for generations to come. We are dedicated to cultivating an environment that respects the individual strengths, views and experiences of our employees – by accelerating our diversity and inclusion strategy and promoting increased global engagement among our employees and strategic partners.”

Meeta Huggins

Meeta Huggins
Chief Diversity Officer, Ford

Recognition and Awards

Our own annual Global Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize those who exhibit One Ford behaviors, and employees from around the world are increasingly engaged in the nomination process. In 2015, we honored 37 teams and individuals from 12 countries.

We have also received hundreds of awards in the last few years from publications and organizations that recognize the value we place on our employees and our ability to work inclusively. Specific diversity awards given to Ford in 2015/16 include:

  • Corporate Equality Index – Human Rights Campaign
  • Best Companies for Diversity – Black Enterprise
  • Best of the Best: Top Diversity Employer – Black EOE Journal
  • Best of the Best: Top Diversity Employer – Hispanic Network Magazine
  • Top Diversity Employer – Professional Woman’s Magazine
  • Employer of the Year – CAREERS & the disAbled Magazine
  • Ten Best Companies to Work For – Financial Post (Canada)
  • Top 100 Employer – The Globe/Mail (Canada)
  • Top 50 Employers – Minority Engineer
  • Top 50 Employers – Women Engineer Magazine
  • America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities – DiversityBusiness Magazine
  • Most Attractive Employer (2015) – Universum (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Global)
  • World’s Most Attractive Companies (Business/IT/Engineering College Students) – Universum

Thirteen Ford executives were named to Automotive News’s list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, which recognizes top female executives at automakers, suppliers and dealerships. Read more about our honorees on the 2015 list.