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You may send communications to our Directors, including any concerns regarding Ford Motor Company's accounting, internal controls, auditing or other matters, to the following address:
Board of Directors
Ford Motor Company
P.O. Box 685
Dearborn, MI 48126-0685
You may submit your concern anonymously or confidentially. You may also indicate whether you are a shareholder, customer, supplier or other interested party.
Communications relating to Ford Motor Company's accounting, internal controls or auditing matters will be relayed to the Audit Committee. Communications relating to governance will be relayed to the Nominating and Governance Committee. All other communications will be referred to other areas of the Company for handling as appropriate under the facts and circumstances outlined in the communications.
Responses will be sent to those that include a return address, as appropriate.
Solid principles of corporate governance are key to maintaining the trust of investors. The Board of Directors or Ford Motor Company has adopted these corporate governance practices to promote the effective functioning of the board, its committees, and the Company.
The Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for considering any request for a waiver under Ford Motor Company's codes of ethics from any Director or Executive Officer.
Any waivers that have been granted are set forth below: Currently, no waivers have been granted.
Ford’s suppliers are critical allies in helping our Company to achieve success in the marketplace and meet our sustainability goals. We promote long-term relationships with our suppliers and seek alignment with them on sustainability-related issues such as human rights, working conditions and environmental responsibility. We leverage the scale of our supply chain to make a positive impact in the markets in which we do business globally.
Within Ford's Purchasing organization, the Supply Chain Sustainability Department develops and implements the strategy for proactively engaging with suppliers on sustainability issues. The group builds a sustainable supply chain by communicating our expectations to our suppliers, assessing our supply base for environmental and social performance, building our suppliers’ capability, and collaborating with industry and cross-industry organizations to develop common solutions in a non-competitive environment.
We have developed an Aligned Business Framework (ABF) with our most strategic suppliers, which helps improve quality, drive innovation, achieve operational synergies and encourage shared commitment to sustainability goals. Launched in 2005 and most recently updated in 2014, ABF agreements establish working business models for both Ford and the selected suppliers. We work with our ABF suppliers at the corporate level to align and enhance approaches to a range of sustainability issues. All developmental work with ABF suppliers is extended to the supply chain below Tier 1.
As of the end of 2014, the ABF network included 106 companies from around the world. Minority- and women-owned suppliers make up more than 10 percent of the supplier profile.
The basis of our work on human rights and working conditions with our suppliers is Ford’s Policy Letter 24: Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions, and Corporate Responsibility. This Policy Letter applies to our own operations as well as our $100+ billion supply chain. It addresses workplace issues such as working hours, child labor and forced labor (including human trafficking) as well as non-discrimination, freedom of association, health and safety, the environment and other issues.
Our approach has emphasized building capability throughout the supply chain to manage human rights and working conditions effectively. Our efforts focus on training and educating suppliers about human rights and working conditions issues. Following the formal training sessions, we conduct assessments of individual suppliers to verify performance and progress. We are committed to collaborative action to influence all levels of the automotive supply chain. Our view is that all participants in the automotive supply chain – from the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Ford, to the suppliers themselves, to the government agencies that set and enforce the regulations governing operations – must be involved to make these efforts sustainable in the long run.
Ford is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our vehicles, our operations and our supply chain. For our own operations, we have a commitment and strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water use. We hope to help promote a similar reduction throughout the automotive supply chain.
Since 2006, all "Q1," or preferred, production suppliers have ISO 14001 environmental management system certification for facilities supplying Ford. We also encourage our suppliers to extend the benefits of improved environmental performance by implementing similar requirements for environmental management systems in their own supply base.
Since 2010, Ford has taken significant steps to better understand the risks and opportunities of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change for our suppliers and, by extension, for our Company. Our goals are to better understand the carbon and water footprints of our supply chain and to reduce our collective environmental footprint.
In late 2014, with the aim to drive change across the automotive supply chain, Ford launched a new environmental supply chain sustainability initiative, the Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE). Our goal is to teach our suppliers about the energy and water savings and waste reduction initiatives Ford has implemented across our operations with hopes that they will implement some of these initiatives within their own manufacturing facilities. To further amplify environmental responsibility and sustainability impact further down the supply chain, we also encourage our Tier 1 suppliers to share these best practices with their Tier suppliers.
CDP Supply Chain Training Modules
Module 1 – Background and CDP Overview
Module 2 – CDP Climate Change Questionnaire
Module 3 – CDP Water Questionnaire
Ford recognizes that we have the responsibility to respect human rights and not contribute to conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries. We are layers removed from the smelters and refiners in our supply chain. Accordingly, we rely on our direct suppliers to provide us with information concerning the origin of the tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (3TG) contained in the parts they supply to us. Our suppliers are expected to conduct due diligence to understand the source of the 3TG used in product provided to Ford and not knowingly provide products containing minerals that contribute to conflict. We work with local governments, industry groups, cross-industry groups, international organizations and NGOs to contribute to the development of in-region solutions for validated conflict free minerals.