Strategy and Governance

Human Rights

Ford is committed to respecting human rights everywhere we operate, because it is the right thing to do and it strengthens our business in the long run. We believe we are a leader in addressing human rights and working conditions in the auto industry. As discussed on the Policy Letters and Directives page, our commitment to human rights is embodied in our Policy Letter 24: Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions, and Corporate Responsibility.

In 2008, we joined the United Nations Global Compact, a framework for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

For several years, we worked with leaders of the U.S. Department of State’s human rights programs and the U.S. Department of Labor to explore how to encourage multinational companies to act as a positive force in protecting human rights in global trade, both through work in their own supply chains and through advocacy. We also consulted with these agencies on how the U.S. government can encourage the protection of human rights through its purchasing practices. In January 2015, the U.S. federal government implemented a final Federal Acquisition Regulation, which strengthens protections against human trafficking in government contracts. We were the only automaker in attendance at the White House’s unveiling of this final rule. Several states have also passed local legislation to prevent human trafficking.

Ford supports the underlying goals of human rights legislation, and where appropriate, we are participating in sector-specific initiatives and with international organizations to systematically evaluate supply chains to determine the most effective measures to combat human rights violations.

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