Ford Motor Company is furthering its commitment to aggressively step up
water conservation programs at its global facilities and among the
company's suppliers, according to its 15th annual
Sustainability Report, released today.
Leaders at Ford believe it is a basic human right to have clean,
affordable drinking water and access to sanitation, and last year Ford
reduced per vehicle water use by 30 percent globally from a 2009
baseline, reaching its goal two years ahead of schedule. Plans are under
way to further cut water use by another 2 percent this year and to set
new long-term goals.
"As Ford continues with its largest global expansion in more than 50
years, the company also recognizes that working in regions struggling
with water scarcity will soon make water a costly commodity," said John
Fleming, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor
Affairs for Ford Motor Company. "From a business perspective,
understanding future constraints and immediately reducing Ford's water
consumption makes sense."
In April, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally endorsed the CEO Water
Mandate to more clearly define the company's mission. The private-public
initiative launched by the U.N. Secretary General in 2007 requires
participating companies to report their water management progress
Later this year, Ford will begin asking high water-use suppliers and
those working in water-stressed regions to voluntarily report water
consumption. Ford will then work with the suppliers to achieve
reductions. The hope is that successful initiatives will be mirrored by
other suppliers globally, helping Ford to significantly reduce its
Across the globe, examples of Ford's success with water conservation are
numerous. Consider Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant in Cuautitlán,
Built in 1964, the plant is located in a water-scarce region. Over the
decades, the city has become host to many international corporations,
including beverage companies that use large volumes of water. By 1990,
the Cuautitlán government recognized that water demand was outstripping
supply and began limiting water use and imposing stricter permitting.
Changes implemented by Ford at the facility include:
The result: An almost 58 percent reduction in water use per vehicle
produced at Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant between 2000 and 2013.
"This is a success story we are very proud of," said Luis Lara, manager
of Mexican operations for Ford's Environmental Quality Office. "When
you are in a water-stressed region, you appreciate that having water is
a precious thing. Any cubic meter of water we save at the Cuautitlán
plant is a cubic meter of water available for people in the neighboring
Ford began strategically working to improve the company's water impact
globally in 2000 by setting year-over-year reduction targets as part of
its Global Water Management Initiative. The success of the initiative is
Not only has the company reached its water-use-per-vehicle goal two
years ahead of schedule, it cut global water use by 61 percent, or by
more than 10 billion gallons, between 2000 and 2013. That savings is the
equivalent of 1 billion five-minute-long showers, according to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. The total amount of water used around
the globe at Ford facilities went from 64 million cubic meters per year
to 25 million cubic meters.
Other highlights of Ford's Sustainability Report include:
About Ford Motor Company
Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
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