Supply Chain

Supplier Training and Education

Training on human rights issues is essential to help our suppliers build their capability to responsibly manage working conditions in their facilities.

Our Training Approach

In 2015, Ford helped to develop and launch a modified training approach through the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The revised curriculum now involves:

  • An e-learning module introducing the concepts covered by the AIAG Guiding Principles
  • A knowledge assessment designed to provide feedback from key training
  • Face-to-face in-country workshop sessions focusing on specific country laws and local best practice, and encouraging dialogue with suppliers from multiple Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

The first two phases are available free of charge to OEMs and sub-tier suppliers in seven languages. The updated training materials have been shared with the European Automotive Working Group to promote a consistent industry message.

The face-to-face training sessions are customized to suit the unique conditions in each country. They are designed to emphasize the role of human rights in meeting legal obligations, industry guidelines and international best practices, and include strategies for developing effective management systems. Participating suppliers are required to verify that they have cascaded the information to their employees and their own direct suppliers.

Most of Ford’s face-to-face supplier training is delivered either through the AIAG or the European Automotive Working Group. These standard training materials also serve as the basis for our own Ford-specific workshops.

Training Results

In the first six months of availability, the new e-learning module reached more than 1,500 participants. This includes 340 participants from 14 countries who identified Ford as a customer.

In 2015, we invited Ford suppliers to attend joint industry training through the AIAG in Brazil, China and Mexico, and in collaboration with the European Automotive Working Group in India and South Africa. We also conducted Ford-sponsored training in Brazil and Thailand.

In 2016, we plan to host face-to-face training sessions in Argentina, the Czech Republic and India. We are also developing an action plan to increase the penetration of the AIAG e-learning module and knowledge assessment throughout our supply base.

Training Data

 20142015Program Total1
Training sessions conducted712161
Total sites trained/retrained2802083,156
  1. Program Total represents cumulative data from 2003 to 2015.

Internal Supply Chain Sustainability Training

As well as developing our suppliers, we also continue to strengthen our own internal capability for managing human rights. For example, in 2015, we trained 117 Ford Purchasing employees, including management and supplier quality teams, on our Policy Letter 24 and Supply Chain Sustainability program, which includes identifying and reporting key warning indicators.

Given their close relationships with our suppliers, Supplier Technical Assistance (STA) representatives around the world also attend supply chain sustainability training. Since 2014, we have trained 1,460 STA personnel, and training on our Supply Chain Sustainability program will again be required in 2016.