Ford Releases Annual Sustainability Report and Announces 22% Per Vehicle Reduction in Energy UseLast week Ford released its annual go green Sustainability Report and impressed consumers and industry alike with the fact that it has managed to reduce the amount of energy required to produce each vehicle in its manufacturing facilities by a whopping 22% over the last six years. Incredibly, Ford also announced their plans to reduce usage by another 25% on a per-vehicle basis by 2016.
This commitment is made against a backdrop of the U.S. Department of Energy announcement last September that global energy demand will increase 53 percent between 2008 and 2035.
But decreased energy consumption during vehicle manufacturing is just one highlight of Ford’s 13th annual Sustainability Report. The report titled, “Blueprint for Sustainability: Accelerating Ahead”, is a compilation of Ford's efforts to tackle a myriad of sustainability challenges in a rapidly changing world.
Sustainability at the Center of Ford's Strategy for Success“Sustainability has moved from the periphery to the center of our strategy for succeeding in the marketplace and helping to address global challenges,” said Robert Brown, vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering.
For example, the report outlines how Ford revised its “Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions and Corporate Responsibility,” which applies to not only Ford itself, but its $75 billion supply chain. The code deals with subjects such as working hours and conditions, nondiscrimination and other health, safety and environmental issues. Nearly 400 suppliers around the world were trained in 2011 through Ford-led and joint industry programs.
Henry Ford Would be Proud"Our sustainability report is far from a bunch of tables and charts,” said John Viera, global director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters. “Anyone who spends any amount of time with it will truly get a sense of just how committed Ford is to supporting positive change and reducing the environmental impact of its products and facilities.”
Ford's entire sustainability report can be found at http://corporate.ford.com/our-company/sustainability.
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