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Collaborating for Human Rights

Ford collaborates with all our stakeholders, including NGOs and investors, and member-driven organizations such as Ceres, SustainAbility and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to combat human rights violations. We believe that sector-wide forums are also vital for providing a common voice and driving change within our industry.

Collective Action on How We’re Working With Others

We currently participate in the following organizations and initiatives:

  • Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG): Ford is a member of the Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee and the AIAG Board of Directors. We also co-chair the AIAG’s Supply Chain Sustainability Committee, which works to increase supplier capability for managing human rights and working conditions in the sector.

  • Drive Sustainability (The Automotive Partnership: Drive Sustainability): This partnership of 10 automotive OEMs has a commitment to move to the next level of sustainability and supply chain management in the automotive industry. The partnership, launched in 2017 and facilitated by CSR Europe, builds on the work of the European Automotive Working Group, of which Ford was an active participant.

  • United Nations Global Compact (UNGC): Ford is a signatory of the UNGC, 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. Ford actively participates in the UNGC Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Committee.

  • Responsible Business Alliance (RBA): Ford was the first automotive manufacturer to join the RBA (formerly known as the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition), a nonprofit organization committed to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in global supply chains. Working with more than 110 electronics companies, some of which are Ford suppliers, we will be able to strengthen our engagement with our suppliers on issues such as human rights, working conditions, ethical sourcing and environmental responsibility. Ford is currently serving on the RBA Board of Directors and is an active participant in the Responsible Labor Initiative, the RBA Validated Audit Process workgroup, and the RBA Tools workgroup.

In 2017, AIAG and Drive Sustainability expanded the Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain. AIAG and Drive Sustainability also launched the newly established Practical Guidance Documents.