Ford – Paving the Way to a more Ethical Automotive Industry
For the eighth year in a row, Ford has been named one of the words most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute, who commended the company on its commitment to environmental sustainability and eco-friendly production.
Ford is seen to be making huge strides in environmental cleanliness with their introduction of the PACE programme (Partnership for A Cleaner Environment).
The program has now grown so much so that it has reached more than forty suppliers in forty different countries.
Whilst Ford are not the only automotive company that have increased their efforts to become more eco-friendly, they have certainly taken the biggest strides within the automotive sector in recent years. Indeed, Fords programmes encompasses tools to aid suppliers reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and waste, as well as to increase the efficiency of water and energy consumption.
The PACE programme invited a select group of suppliers to join the regime last year in order to catalyse a change in the way companies handle ecological issues regarding the automotive sector.
The program was deemed so successful that it has been reported to impact as many as 1,100 supplies throughout forty countries.
Mary Wroten, the senior manager of Ford’s Supply Chain Sustainability branch reported that:
‘As a company, it’s important that we make quality products and minimise the impact on the environment by doing things the right way,’
‘Having suppliers that want to share that responsibility shows we can work together to reduce our collective environmental footprint, while still continuing to deliver great products.’
So how does the programme work?
Ford offers the highest quality tools in order to help its suppliers keep track of their own sustainability goals. In return for this system of monitoring, suppliers report their progress back to Ford in an attempt to raise their branches reputation as an eco-friendly company.
A data collection survey in 2016 reported that due to the efforts of the PACE programme, the suppliers that have participated are on target to save 550 gallons of water over the upcoming five years.
In addition to water conservation, current suppliers within the PACE programme are expecting to reduce carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons in the same time span.
The programme focuses on making current manufacturing systems more efficient, which would lead to less waste as a result. Efficiency is focused in the areas of cooling tower operations, the reduction of compressed air usage and exploring diversity for the current single-pass cooling systems.
However, it is not just large-scale industrial machinery that Ford are focusing on. They are also committing to the smaller things in life, ensuring that LED lightbulbs are installed in all facilities instead of incandescent bulbs, minimising waste at even the smallest of levels.