Wonder what makes Ford Motor Company tick when it comes to being green? Our drive to increase fuel economy? How we improve vehicle safety and promote human rights?
Ford’s 10th annual sustainability report, aptly named, “Blueprint for Sustainability: Our Future Works,” details progress on all of these topics, and tells you where we are in regards to hitting our goals.
Some highlighted topics that you can read in this year’s report include:
- Ford is on track to reach its goal to reduce by 30 percent the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its new U.S. and European vehicles by 2020, compared to the 2006 model year
- Accelerated development of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), which will be introduced between 2010 and 2012
- Vehicle quality continues to improve, with Ford now on par with the best in the business
- Improved the energy efficiency of its North American facilities by 4.5 percent in 2008, resulting in savings of approximately $16 million
- Received the most Top Safety Picks from the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of any automaker and introduced a range of safety innovations to its vehicles globally in 2008. In the most recent Euro NCAP assessments, the Ford Kuga, Fiesta, European Focus, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy received best-in-class, five-star adult protection and four-star child protection ratings
- Conducted human rights and working conditions training sessions in China and Mexico, in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Action Group and other automakers that reached nearly 1,000 Tier 1 suppliers and 7,700 Tier 2 suppliers and were cascaded to more than 66,000 individuals
- Joined the United Nations Global Compact in April of 2008, reinforcing its commitment to human rights and other important responsibilities of global companies.
In the interest of the environment as well as cost savings, Ford has elected not to do a traditional print version of the report. The full report is available online at www.ford.com/go/sustainability.