BEIJING, China — Ford has been named the most responsible automobile company in China, according to a leading report on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The 2012 Fortune China CSR report, now in its second year, ranked Ford as the fourth most responsible foreign company operating in the country, up from ninth place last year, and the highest-ranked auto manufacturer.
"Ford is the first auto company that requires suppliers to obtain and abide by the ISO14001 environment management standard," the report said, highlighting one reason Ford stands out among many foreign companies.
Eight international auto companies, including BMW, Toyota and Volkswagen, and one Chinese auto company made it onto the Fortune China Top 100 CSR list, which provides separate rankings for foreign and domestic firms in China. The highest ranked behind Ford on the top 50 most responsible foreign company list was BMW, which reached seventh place this year.
“We are very proud that Fortune Magazine ranked Ford as the most responsible international automobile company in China,” said Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO of Ford China.
“From our products to production to community partnerships, Ford has both a vision for what it means to be a sustainable business, and a solid, grounded business plan to make our vision a reality."
In China, Ford supports a wide range of ongoing projects that show it cares for the community, including the award-winning Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme, Conservation and Environmental Grants China (CEGC) programme and Global Week of Caring. At the plant-level, Ford was the very first automaker in China to voluntarily disclose CO2 emissions at our manufacturing facilities in 2008.
To strengthen its green product portfolio in China, Ford announced at last year's Guangzhou Auto Show that it will bring 20 new advanced powertrain technologies to China, which together will improve passenger vehicle fleet fuel economy by 20% and reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% by 2015.