Ford Becomes First Automotive Company to Sign UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Ford is announcing in its 2020 Sustainability Report that it has become the first global automotive company to sign the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles, a series of commitments created by UN Women and the UN Global Compact to promote gender equality in the workplace and society.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett signed onto the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) earlier this year, highlighting Ford’s continued commitment to equality in the workplace. The Principles are grounded in the belief that businesses have a responsibility for gender equality and women’s empowerment and offer guidance to businesses on how to promote those principles in the workplace, marketplace and community.

“As an organization built on a foundation of integrity and driving human progress, Ford is honored to join other global leaders in signing the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles,” said Hackett. “Our support for this and many other United Nations programs underscores the actions that Ford has already taken in support of gender equality and nondiscrimination and demonstrates our commitment to helping to advance women in the workplace and society at large.”

In addition to signing onto the WEPs, Ford has taken the following actions toward gender equality:

  • Signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, joining leaders such as Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson, who pledge to actively support a more inclusive workplace.
  • Led in gender data transparency by publishing all of Ford’s responses to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index in conjunction with Ford’s annual Sustainability Report. Ford was included in the Index in 2020 for the second year in a row.
  • Required unconscious bias training, raising self-awareness of implicit bias and providing tools to reduce discriminatory behaviors, for all global managers and recruiters.
  • Required anti-harassment training of all global employees to be completed by the end of 2020.
  • Launched SHE-MOVES (Strengthen Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation) in 2019, supporting women-owned and led social enterprises and their communities in South Africa, Nigeria, and India.

Ford’s commitment to the Principles supports delivery on gender equality dimensions of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, SDG 5 (Gender Equality). “We’ll be using these principles as a framework to review and assess our programs and strategies within the program,” said Lori Costew, Ford chief diversity officer.  “They showcase our commitment to SDG 5 and allow us to lead by example.”

Each of the seven Principles focuses on a specific area of growth:

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“We’re working together to unleash the full potential of our workforce in manufacturing and creating a work environment that is safe and inclusive for everyone,” said Liliana Ramirez, global director, Lean Manufacturing and Culture. “We do not tolerate any form of prejudice or intimidation and, to foster a culture founded on respect and acceptance, we are teaching and learning every day.”

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