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In 2008 Ford joined the United Nations Global Compact, which endorses a framework of principles in the areas of human rights, labor and the environment. We continue to be committed to the principles and are actively implementing them as detailed in this report.

Mark Fields,President and Chief Executive Officer

This report serves as Ford’s annual United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) “Communication on Progress,” as it includes discussion of Ford’s implementation of the 10 principles of the UNGC and support for broad U.N. development goals. Please see the UNGC Index below for information on where the UNGC principles are covered in this report.

Human Rights

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1.Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
2.Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labor Standards

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3.Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
4.Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
5.Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor.
6.Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


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7.Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

The precautionary principle is the idea that if the consequences of an action are unknown, but are judged to have some potential for major or irreversible negative consequences, then it is better to avoid than take prudent action in the face of that uncertainty. We do not formally apply the precautionary principle to decision making across all of our activities. However, it has influenced our thinking. For example, in addressing climate change as a business issue, we have employed this principle. In addition, we assess and manage environmental, safety, supply chain, operational and other risks as described throughout this report.

8.Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
9.Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


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10.Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.