Ford has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the eight year in a row. The award was presented by the Ethisphere Institute in recognition of Ford’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Ford has been actively reducing the environmental footprint of its supply chain with an enhanced Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) program that has grown to more than 40 suppliers in 40 countries.
The PACE program is part of the American company’s commitment to creating a better, more sustainable world. Sustainability practices have already been implemented at the company’s manufacturing sites, and PACE is part of Ford’s expansion program to include tools to help suppliers reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and waste as well.
The group of suppliers who have voluntary joined the program increased last year, bringing the number of participating companies to more than 40 in just two years, and through this expansion, PACE now has the potential to impact nearly 1,100 supplier sites in more than 40 countries. Ford says that the existing participating suppliers are enough to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 500,000 metric tons worldwide in the next five years. To put things into perspective, that’s equivalent to eliminating the carbon emissions of over 50,000 homes a year.
According to Mary Wroten, senior manager of Ford Supply Chain Sustainability, participating suppliers are already on track to save an estimated 550 million gallons of water over the next five years – enough to fill 837 olympic size swimming pools.
To help its suppliers, Ford is providing them with a PACE toolkit, complete with more than 350 leading practices across four categories – water, air, emissions and waste. Leading practices include optimizing cooling tower operation, reducing compressed air usage and eliminating single-pass cooling systems.
One of Ford’s leading suppliers, Denso has been participating in PACE since the program began in 2014. The company has set targets for carbon-dioxide reductions in its manufacturing process, cutting back electricity and water usage through the installation of closed circuit cooling systems and replacing metal halide lights with LED lighting.