Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join EICC

Earlier today, Ford proudly announced that it will become the first automaker to join the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). In doing so, the company firms its commitment to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains.

“At Ford, we have a commitment to conducting business responsibly in an ethical and transparent manner,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president, global purchasing. “Working with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and other industry leaders enables us to further improve the way we work together with our suppliers to address sustainability-related issues such as human rights, working conditions and environmental responsibility.”

The coalition is currently made up of more than 110 electronics companies from 17 sectors. Fifteen percent of Ford's suppliers are already part of the coalition.

To be eligible for full membership, Ford is required to identify and conduct audits of its own high-risk facilities, as well as the facilities of its suppliers. Furthermore, Ford agrees to progressively implement "the coalition’s approach and tools in the spirit of common industry goals."

“At the end of the day, this is not about industry competition – it’s about doing the right thing,” said Kim Pittel, Ford vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “By joining the coalition, we will have support from the world’s most respected, sustainable companies to ensure responsible business practices and ethical standards throughout our supply chain.”

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