VALENCIA, Spain -- Ford of Spain - which recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Valencia plant and of the first Ford Fiesta that rolled off its production line - has further cause for celebration, having last week renewed its Inserta agreement until 2016.
The agreement encourages the social integration of people with disabilities through the labour market. It was signed in a ceremony at the Valencia plant by Ford of Spain, the non-profit organisation ONCE (Spain‘s National Organisation for the Blind), and Valencia’s regional Government.
“Social responsibility is part of our company‘s DNA,” explained José Manuel Machado, Ford of Spain's president and CEO, at the signing ceremony. He added that Ford has a long tradition of social commitment to people with disabilities, as it was the first Spanish company to materialise its social responsibility policies into an integration programme. Currently, 421 people with disabilities are employed at the Valencia plant. Worldwide, some 10,00 people with disabilities work for Ford Motor Company.
The Inserta agreement was first signed in 1999 and will remain valid until 2016. A further 60 employees with disabilities are now due to join Ford of Spain’s workforce.
At the ceremony, ONCE President Miguel Carballeda highlighted Ford of Spain‘s commitment to people with disabilities. Albert Fabra, president of the Valencia government, praised Ford not only for its contribution to the development and economic growth of the Valencia region, but also for its responsible business vision.