Ford Motor Company 2007/2008 Sustainability Report, Climate Change Report, and 2009 Web Pages
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Ford Motor Company has done a fine job in its environmental and social reporting for 2007-2008. Its Sustainability Report covers a wide range of initiatives to reduce environmental impact, increase safety, better working conditions and human rights, and achieve financial security. The Sustainability “Microsite” elaborates greatly, including a fairly broad range of quantitative data for both environmental issues, such as emissions and waste, and social issues, such as workforce ethnic and gender distribution. Ford is trying to illustrate a commitment to more sustainable manufacturing and products, a goal increasingly necessary to compete in the modern market. The company clearly recognizes this, as it has an entire report dedicated to the business impact of climate change. Ford also has impressive volunteer programs, charitable contributions, and community initiatives. The main criticism of Ford’s reporting is its fragmentation. The sustainability report itself has little quantitative data. One must search through the web pages to find most numerical information. Breaking up the reporting so much makes it more difficult to discern whether the company is following through on sustainability policies and commitments, a portrayal Ford presumably does not want. There is also a fair amount of quantitative data missing, especially in the recycling, materials usage, and packaging sectors. Nevertheless, Ford had done an admirable job in its corporate sustainability reporting overall. It is strongly recommended that the breadth of information found only in the microsite’s web pages also be included in the Sustainability Report in order to more efficiently and effectively illustrate Ford’s policies and performance. Analyzed by Karen de Wolski, and posted to the web on 2/24/2009.
Ford Motor Company (Ford), incorporated in 1919, is a producer of cars and trucks. The Company and its subsidiaries also engage in other businesses, including financing vehicles. Ford operates in two sectors: Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector includes the operations of Ford North America, Ford South America, Ford Europe, Premier Automotive Group, and Ford Asia Pacific and Africa/Mazda segments. The Financial Services sector includes the operations of Ford Motor Credit Company (Ford Credit), which is engaged in vehicle-related financing, leasing and insurance. Effective May 31, 2007, Ford Motor Company and its subsidiary, Jaguar Cars Limited, completed the sale of its 100% interest in Aston Martin. In April 2008, Ford, Automotive Components Holdings and Zeledyne announced the sale of the ACH Glass business and its plants in Nashville and Tulsa, and its subsidiary Vidriocar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. In June 2008, the Company completed the sale of its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors Limited (Tata Motors). (http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/companyProfile?symbol=F.N&rpc=66)
The letter grades reported below are based on all reports irrespective of year of the same sector in the database and may be slightly different from the grades in the individual sector reports, which are based on scores of companies in just that report.
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