Cultivating a Culture of Belonging
We are family. We celebrate our differences. We all belong.
Since 1949, the Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) has partnered with nonprofit organizations and Ford dealers, providing opportunities and resources in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering.
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Encourage Employee Volunteering
Every year, tens of thousands of Ford employees volunteer in more than 1,500 community service projects worldwide through the Ford Volunteer Corps. In total, employees have logged more than 1.3 million volunteer hours across six continents since 2005.
Enrich community life
For 70 years, Ford Fund has been supporting or creating programs that feed the hungry, provide disaster relief, assist military veterans, support arts and culture initiatives and celebrate the diversity that strengthens communities.
Promote safe driving
Its signature Ford Driving Skills for Live program teaches newly-licensed and teen drivers the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs.
Ford Fund invests more than $16 million each year to support initiatives that empower students to achieve academic success and inspire them to lead change in their communities or in their own lives.
Employee Resource Groups
Ford has demonstrated a commitment to Diversity and Inclusion by endorsing and leveraging the power of our Employee Resource Groups, various organizations of employees who share similar characteristics or life experiences and desire to use those similarities to create cross-functional workplace connections, provide professional development and advance business imperatives.
Ford Interfaith Network (FIN)
MENA–Middle East and North Africa Association
Ford Asian Indian Association (FAIA)
Ford Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender Employees (GLOBE)
Ford Veterans Network Group (VET NG)
Women of Ford
Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN)
Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities (FEDA)
NextGen–Ford Next Generation Employees Network
Ford Hispanic Network (FHN)
Ford Chinese Association
Diversity and Inclusiveness is part of Ford’s DNA, and growing a strong minority presence in our dealerships remains a key focus. At year-end 2018, Ford had 168 minority-owned dealerships, which represents 5 percent of our 3,201 U.S. Ford and Lincoln dealerships. We continue to work with our Ford Minority Dealers Association to sustain and strengthen our current minority dealer portfolio with dedicated resources to increase profitability. Together, we are directing efforts toward growing the minority ranks of dealership management and employment to better reflect the community and to facilitate a greater number of future minority dealer principals.
Supplier Diversity Development
- To deliver extraordinary support and assistance to certified minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, LGBT and disabled business owners and small businesses that have been historically, socially and economically disadvantaged.
- To create business opportunities and initiatives that enable diverse suppliers to grow into profitable and sustainable enterprises.
- To ensure Ford’s supply base reflects the company’s workforce and customer base.
When Ford Motor Company’s Supplier Diversity Development program launched in 1968, it was one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. Ford recognized that it had a social responsibility to provide business opportunities to diverse communities that had been historically, socially and economically disadvantaged.
In 1978, at the direction of Henry Ford II, the program identified high-potential minority entrepreneurs and assisted them in growing their companies to competitive positions in the automotive industry. Having achieved success in the minority business community, Ford expanded its program in 1995 to include women-owned businesses and encouraged their growth. In 2013, Ford added veteran-owned businesses to its diversity program. Since launch of the program, Ford has spent more than $120 billion with diverse suppliers.