|[March 13, 2017]
Embracing Green Practices from Ford, Suppliers Showcase Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing
As manufacturing continues to become greener, Ford (News - Alert) Motor Company is
going further to shrink its environmental footprint by sharing even more
leading sustainability practices with its suppliers around the globe.
The Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) is part of Ford's
commitment to creating a better world. While many sustainability
practices already have been implemented at the company's manufacturing
sites, Ford has expanded the program now to include tools that help
suppliers reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and waste, as well as help
make water and energy consumption more efficient.
Last year, a second select group of suppliers were invited to join the
voluntary program, bringing the number of participating companies to
more than 40 in two years. PACE now has the potential to impact nearly
1,100 supplier sites in more than 40 countries.
With programs like PACE showing Ford's commitment to environmental
sustainability and corporate citizenship, Ethisphere Institute today
named the automaker to its list of the World's Most Ethical Companies
for the eighth year in a row.
For more information on Ford's Ethisphere Institute award, click
"As a company, it's important that we make quality products and minimize
the impact on the environment by doing things the right way," said Mary
Wroten, senior manager of Ford Supply Chain Sustainability. "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."
As part of PACE, Ford offers best practices and monitoring tools to help
its suppliers track and achieve their own sustainability goals. In
return, the suppliers report their environmental progress and share
their own best practices. Already, participating suppliers are on track
to save an estimated 550 million gallons of water over the next five
years - enough to fill 837 Olympic swimming pools- according to data
collected in 2016.
However, the fight for sustainability isn't just about water. Thanks to
the current suppliers participating in PACE, carbon emissions could be
reduced by nearly 500,000 metric tons worldwide during the next five
year. That's equivalent to eliminating the carbon
emissions of over 50,000 homes a year.
Leading practices make perfect
Recognizing sustainability is an ongoing commitment, Ford is providing
suppliers with a PACE toolkit, complete with more than 350 leading
practices across four categories: energy, water, air emissions and waste.
While varying in effort, leading practices include optimizing cooling
tower operation, reducing compressed air usage in manufacturing
operations and eliminating single-pass cooling systems. In addition to
larger scale projects, even the simplest leading practices, such as
replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs, also will help
conserve valuable resources.
Also among Ford's leading practices are Energy Treasure Hunts, which
allow suppliers to use experts in their own facilities to identify
additional opportunities to save resources. Suppliers are encouraged to
share their findings with their own supply chain and Ford.
Taking a bigger step to leave a smaller footprint
Ultimately, sharing its impact on environmental sustainability with
suppliers has the potential to affect millions around the world.
Operating in 38 countries alone, Ford supplier DENSO (News - Alert) has been
participating in PACE since the program began in 2014.
"We are serious about protecting lives and preserving the planet, and
sharing best practices with Ford helps further that mission to sustain
the environment globally," said Jim Laney, DENSO senior manager of
Safety, Health and Environment in North America.
So far, DENSO has set targets for carbon-dioxide reductions in its
manufacturing processes. The global supplier also focuses on cutting
back electricity and water use with highly efficient equipment. This has
meant installing closed circuit cooling systems and replacing metal
halide lights with T-8 LED lighting.
PACE is just one portion of Ford's supply chain sustainability strategy,
which also includes initiatives on human rights, working conditions and
Ford is also the first automaker to join the Electronic Industry
Citizenship Coalition - a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
social, environmental and ethical conditions in their members' global
About Ford Motor Company (News - Alert)
Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company
based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants
worldwide, the company's core business includes designing,
manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks
and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business
model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with
investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
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