Ford Reflects On 20 Years Of Sustainability With New Goals Ahead


It was in 1999 when the Ford Motor Company published its first Sustainability Report. Ford was the first company in the industry to do so, and since then Ford’s spent the last two decades moving towards the goal of creating and maintaining a more sustainable world.


Kim Pittel, vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering at Ford said, “We are committed to having a positive impact on the planet and the communities where we live and operate, by working with our partners and suppliers to find solutions that protect the planet and make people’s lives better, we can make an even bigger impact and reach our goals together.”


It’s been 20 years since that first report, and Ford has come a long way. Ford is now taking a much more wide approach to sustainability which encompasses more than just vehicles. Last year alone Ford celebrated 10 years of using soybean-based foam in more than 18.5 billion vehicles built in North America, the company conducted a formal United Nations human rights saliency assessment, met their goal set in 2010 to reduce GHG emissions per vehicle produced by 20 percent eight whole years early, and announced aspirational goals of zero water withdrawals for manufacturing processes using only freshwater for human consumption.


Ford’s vision for the future is to become the world’s most trusted company. The company hopes to design smart vehicles for a smart world. Some of their goals are driving mobility and accessibility for all, to become the most inclusive and diverse enterprise globally, to source all raw materials in a responsible way, and to use only recycled or renewable plastics in all their vehicles around the world.


These aren’t lofty goals for Ford, the company has a plan to achieve them and the company’s completely committed. Ford will use 100 percent renewable energy for all manufacturing plants by 2035. The company has committed to a substantial renewable energy procurement through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program which will 500,000 megawatt hours of locally sourced Michigan wind energy. This is Ford's largest renewable energy purchase ever.


Ford will also eliminate all single-use plastics from operations by 2030. We’re not talking about straws and forks here, this is a serious change that will make serious changes.


The company hasn’t limited itself to ecological concerns, they are also making social changes. Ford has launches SHE-MOVES (Strengthening Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation) which is a grant program that supports community ventures benefitting women and children in India, South Africa, and Nigeria.


Ford is looking to change the world and to do that they have to make the future.

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