What Makes an Ethical Company

By Ford Social Member

Ford Motor Company was recently named one of the 2010 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute. Ford was the only auto company to make the list in 2010. The photo album above takes you inside the Ford hydrogen-powered bus and the conference room that Alan Mulally, Ford President and CEO and William Clay Ford, Jr., Ford Executive Chairman accept the award and discussed corporate ethics with the Ethisphere team.

Winning an award like that is flattering, but we thought you might be curious about what makes an ethical company. To answer that and related questions that you may have on your mind, David Leitch, Group Vice President and General Counsel for Ford, will host a live chat here on Monday, June 21, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. EST.


David leads the company’s litigation, tax, corporate, and intellectual property efforts. He is also responsible for the company’s General Auditor’s Office. Since David arrived at Ford, he and the Ford Office of General Counsel have won numerous awards, including being named as Corporate Counsel magazine’s Best Legal Department in 2007.

Immediately prior to joining Ford, David served in the White House as Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he advised the President and his staff on a variety of legal issues, including issues involving national security, judicial nominations, legislative proposals and ethics. From June 2001 through December 2002, David served as Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is also a past deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel.

David is a member of the boards of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the National Chamber Litigation Center, and serves on general counsel advisory committees for the National Center for State Courts and the Civil Justice Reform Group. He also serves as Chair of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Please click here for the full list of 2010 World's Most Ethical Companies and more information on the Ethisphere Institute.
ken 01/30/2013
I do not think ford is very ethical They do not tell their dealer to inform owners of recalls. I have a taurus that had broken springs and they never checked it out when I've had it in. They symtoms existed for a very long time. The corp won't respond to my concerns that this is an ethical concern
Mark Danico 07/06/2010
Wouldn't ethic dictate taking care of business in a adult and proper fashion? like recalling all cars with the poorly designed transaxle's that fail before they are payed off?
Woody Reedy 07/05/2010
My wife and I just bought a new 2010 Ford Focus. We were so excited and we were in such a great mood. We were at Benson Ford in Easley, SC, signing all of the papers. My wife had a question about the Privacy Information Disclosure form. The finance mamager that we were working with could not answer a simple question about the form. He said that we would have to "ask our lawyer". He said this several times. When we refused to sign it until we understood it, he got up and left his office. A few minutes later the OWNER of the dealership came into the office, snatched the form up off of the desk, ripped it up, then crumbled it up and threw it in the trash. When we said that we just had a simple question about the form, he said, "If you are going tear it apart line for line, I'll just tear it up", and stormed out of the room. It ruined our whole experience and brought my wife to tears. This was VERY unprofesional, and I will never be back to that dealership again. I am hoping that all of your dealership owners are not like this one. By the way, our salesman was wonderful and up to that point we were very happy and satisfied with the whole experience.... what a let down.
charles 06/25/2010
what happens when a person becomes a stock holder
What Makes an Ethical Company

No related Tags