Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available. This is our annual report on Ford's environmental and social performance.
The accomplishments detailed in the report demonstrate our ongoing commitment to improving the sustainability of our company. Highlights that you should be aware of in this year's report include:
A section on climate change that summarizes our continuing progress toward our global CO2 reduction goals
A section summarizing our “Blueprint for Sustainability” and the vehicle and fuel technologies that make up the migration plan
An updated case study on the opportunities and challenges posed by vehicle electrification, as well as other case studies
A new section that examines the social and economic implications of water use
A section on our supply chain sustainability efforts that covers our industry-leading human rights initiatives, and our leadership promoting environmental sustainability and materials accountability throughout the automotive supply chain
A section on “Sustaining Ford” that summarizes the challenges facing our company and our industry and how Ford is addressing these challenges through the ONE Ford plan
Letters from Bill Ford and Alan Mulally outlining our progress over the last year as we've continued to integrate sustainability throughout our business, to include collaborating with other organizations on sustainability issues. I have provided my perspectives in a letter as well.
These issues are increasingly important to our stakeholders, including our customers, investors and business partners. I encourage you to explore the report and welcome your comments via the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Vice President
Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering
DEARBORN – Ford is offering the public a comprehensive look at the company’s progress on environmental and social issues with the release of its 12th annual Sustainability Report.
The 2010/2011 report, titled “Blueprint for Sustainability: Driving Change,” provides updates on the company’s progress in key areas of operations, product enhancements on vehicle safety and societal concerns including water usage and supply chain management. The report also designates areas in which the company deems as critical issues going forward.
“The Blueprint for Sustainability encompasses a wide range of efforts at Ford to provide sustainable transportation around the world,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Ford is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products and facilities, supporting positive social change and ensuring economic viability for long-term growth.”
During 2010 and early 2011, Ford achieved or committed to the following:
• Reduced CO2 emissions from 2010 model year U.S. and European new vehicles by 10.5 percent and 8.1 percent, compared to the 2006 model year
• Reduced CO2 emissions from Ford’s global operations by 5.6 percent on a per-vehicle basis, compared to 2009
• Set a goal to reduce facility CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2025 on a per-vehicle basis
• Offers 12 vehicles with best-in-class fuel economy and four models with at least 40 mpg – a claim no other full-line automaker can match
• Delivered initial units of Ford’s first all-electric vehicle – Transit Connect Electric. In 2011, Focus Electric will be sold in 19 pilot U.S. markets. In 2012, Ford will begin producing C-MAX Hybrid, the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and another next-generation hybrid. The same suite of vehicles will be delivered in Europe by 2013
• Announced that the 2011 Ford Fiesta was the first vehicle in its class to achieve an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick and leads its segment in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ratings
• The 2012 Focus earned a Top Safety Pick rating – the 12th Ford vehicle to do so – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a maximum five-star overall safety rating in Euro NCAP tests.
• Invested $1 million to expand its Driving Skills for Life teen driver education program from nine to 15 states
• Continued its intelligent vehicle research that will allow cars to talk wirelessly with one another using advanced Wi-Fi signals, cellular technologies and global positioning systems to help reduce accidents and congestion
• Listed water as one of the top sustainability concerns; Ford aims to reduce 2011 global water use by 5 percent per vehicle compared to 2010. This is in addition to the 49 percent per vehicle reduction since 2000.
• Trained suppliers in systemic solutions to working condition challenges and assessed 130 supplier factories around the world for compliance with Ford and legal requirements. Ford global totals now exceed 1,649 suppliers trained and 709 assessed
• Helped establish a common industry guidance and reporting format for greenhouse gas emissions to be used by global automakers and Tier 1 suppliers
In drafting the report, Ford worked with a team from Ceres, a coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies on sustainable business practices. The Ceres stakeholder team is an independent group of individuals drawn primarily from the Ceres coalition and represents a range of constituencies that have expertise in environmental, social and governance issues.
Ford issued its first Sustainability Report in 1999 to address the company’s initiatives regarding social, economic and environmental issues. This year’s complete report can be found at www.ford.com/go/sustainability.