Accelerating Our Approach
Belonging is a fundamental human need, and to cultivate belonging, we must actively focus on three key elements: diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). When those three areas are properly recognized and respected, we start to foster a sense of belonging and create a culture where everyone feels that they are part of the Ford family.
In the wake of social and racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd, we spent time listening deeply to our employees to better understand their experiences inside and outside of Ford. We learned that not all employees felt they belonged, and some experienced unique barriers in the employee journey that we needed to investigate. As a result, starting in the U.S., we embarked on a DEI employee audit, the most comprehensive assessment of DEI we have ever undertaken.
The results showed that while we have some bright spots, including our listening strategy and the impact made by our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and diversity councils, we also have opportunities to ensure all employees feel like they belong. We will expand our efforts to understand the employee experience by conducting additional audits.