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• Ford Motor Company manufactures cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, and is the third largest auto maker in the world.

• Ford has the worst fleet-wide fuel efficiency rates.

• Ford has played an active role in industry efforts to fight clean car legislation and stricter emissions regulations, despite its development of hybrid, ethanol, and hydrogen model options.

• Learn about efforts to improve the auto industry’s environmental practices, and find green ways to travel with Go Green.

-- Profile Updated 07/12/2010

About Ford


Based in Dearborn, Michigan Ford Motor Company has been making cars since the early 1900s. Additionally, the company manufactures trucks, vans and SUVs. Through its majority interest in Hertz, Ford is also involved in car rentals. The company employs over 300,000 people and reported revenues of over $177 billion in 2005.

Campaigns

Take Action Against the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM)…

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), which currently represents General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, Honda, Nissan and Toyota, is suing states that are trying to enforce tailpipe emissions regulations. AAM is also launching a massive ad campaign to convince the public that Fuel Economy is a bad thing. Join the Rainforest Action Network in writing to AAM to ask them to "stop sinking money into fighting regulations and to start investing in real solutions to global warming."

ga3.org/campaign/aam/8dsubug9le3ibtk?


Tell Ford & GM: Raise Fuel Economy

Ford and GM cars on the road today account for more than half of all US automotive global warming emissions…

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Ford and GM cars on the road today account for more than half of all US automotive global warming emissions. Neither company is working to improve its record quickly enough, even though existing technologies could make a real difference now. Join Co-op America in asking Ford and GM to reduce the impact of their cars and trucks on global warming. Demand improved gas mileage and an increase in hybrid vehicle production. Click on the URL to read more and take action now.

www.coopamerica.org/takeaction/fordandgm/


Freedom From Oil

Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange…

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Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and the Ruckus Society are the sponsors of the Freedom From Oil campaign, asking auto makers to fight environmental degradation by producing the fuel efficient cars of the future. Consumers are encouraged to send the message to major car producers that there is a healthy demand for fuel efficient and hybrid cars. Ford is the primary target of the campaign, but major auto companies such as General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Chrysler are being asked to achieve an average fleet fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon by 2010.

www.freedomfromoil.org/


Affiliates

- AB Volvofinans - Gothenburg, Sweden
- American Renaissance Insurance Company - Dearborn, MI
- American Road Services Co. - Dearborn, MI

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- American Road Services Co. - Dearborn, MI
- APCO Automobile Protection Corporation - Norcross, GA
- Aston Martin Lagonda - Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
- Aston Martin Lagonda Limited - Gaydon, United Kingdom
- Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc. - Irvine, CA
- Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc. - Mahwah, NJ
- Blue Oval Holdings - Brentwood, United Kingdom
- Consorcio Nacional Ford Ltda. - Guarulhos, Brazil
- Cosworth Racing Inc. - Torrance, CA
- Dearborn Capital Corporation - Dearborn, MI
- Deslauriers Ford Lincoln, Inc. - Laval, Canada
- Detroit Downtown Development Corporation - Dearborn, MI
- Fairlane Credit LLC - Dearborn, MI
- Fairlane Golf Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- FCE Bank Plc - Brentwood, United Kingdom
- FCE Bank Plc - Salzburg, Austria
- FMC Automobiles SAS - Saint Germain-en-Laye, France
- Ford Asia-Pacific, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Auto Club, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Automotive Holdings - Brentwood, United Kingdom
- Ford Colorado Properties, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Communications, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Credit A/S - Ballerup, Denmark
- Ford Credit Australia Limited - Melbourne, Australia
- Ford Credit Australia Wholesale Limited - Melbourne, Australia
- Ford Credit Auto Receivables Corporation - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Credit B.V. - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Ford Credit Canada Ltd. - Oakville, Canada
- Ford Credit de Mexico S.A. de C.V. - Mexico, Mexico
- Ford Credit de Puerto Rico, Inc. - San Juan, PR
- Ford Credit Europe plc - Saint Albans, United Kingdom
- Ford Credit N.V. - Antwerp, Belgium
- Ford Credit Portugal - Lisbon, Portugal
- Ford Credit S.A. - Alcobendas, Spain
- Ford Credit S.A. - Wallisellen, Switzerland
- Ford Credit SpA - Rome, Italy
- Ford Espana S.A. - Alcobendas, Spain
- Ford Essex Engine Plant - Windsor, Canada
- Ford Finance Company of Japan, Limited - Tokyo, Japan
- Ford France Automobiles S.A.S. - Saint Germain-en-Laye, France
- Ford Glass & Metal, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Global Technologies Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Industria e Comercio Ltda. - Guarulhos, Brazil
- Ford International Capital Corporation - Dearborn, MI
- Ford International Export Sales - Dearborn, MI
- Ford International Services, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Investment Partnership - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Italia S.p.A. - Rome, Italy
- Ford Land - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Leasing SpA - Rome, Italy
- Ford Lio Ho Motor Co - Taoyuan, Taiwan
- Ford Lusitana - Lisbon, Portugal
- Ford Motor Austria - Salzburg, Austria
- Ford Motor Belgium N.V. - Antwerp, Belgium
- Ford Motor Company A/S - Ballerup, Denmark
- Ford Motor Company AB - Goteborg, Sweden
- Ford Motor Company Limited - Brentwood, United Kingdom
- Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited - Campbellfield, Australia
- Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited - Oakville, Canada
- Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Ltd. - Auckland, New Zealand
- Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (Pty) Limited - Pretoria, South Africa
- Ford Motor Company Switzerland S.A. - Wallisellen, Switzerland
- Ford Motor Credit Company - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Motor Credit Company - Dublin, Ireland
- Ford Motor Credit Company International - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Motor de Venezuela, S.A. - Valencia, Venezuela
- Ford Motor Dealership Facilities Co. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Motor Japan Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
- Ford Motor Land Development Corporation - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Motor Land Services Corp. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Motor Norge A/S - Kolbotn, Norway
- Ford Netherlands - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Ford of Europe, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Plastic & Trim Products International, Inc. - Dearborn, MI
- Ford Tauro Auto Center - Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
- Ford VHC AB - Goteborg, Sweden
- Ford Vietnam Limited - Hanoi, Vietnam
- Ford Werke AG - Genk Branch - Genk, Belgium
- Ford-Werke GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Granite Management Corp. - Newport Beach, CA
- Greenleaf LLC - Tampa, FL
- Henry Ford & Sons Ltd - Cork, Ireland
- Jaguar Canada Inc. - Brampton, Canada
- Jaguar Cars - Irvine, CA
- Jaguar Cars Limited - Coventry, United Kingdom
- Land Rover (Subsidiary) - Gaydon, United Kingdom
- Land Rover North America - Irvine, CA
- Lincoln-Mercury World Headquarters - Irvine, CA
- Manhattan Automobile Company - New York, NY
- Oy Ford Ab - Helsinki, Finland
- Pacific Bay Homes, LLC - Newport Beach, CA
- PAG Import, Inc. - Tokyo, Japan
- Parkway Ford Sales 1996 Ltd. - Waterloo, Canada
- Percepta LLC - Dearborn, MI
- Premier Automotive Group - London, United Kingdom
- Primus Automotive Financial Services, Inc. - Franklin, TN
- Renaissance Center Venture - Dearborn, MI
- Sanford Ford Lincoln-Mercury - Sanford, NC
- The Aegis Group, Inc. - Norcross, GA
- The American Road Insurance Company - Dearborn, MI
- The Egyptian Trading & Industrial Co. (RAGAB) - Cairo, Egypt
- The Hertz Corporation (Subsidiary) - Park Ridge, NJ
- Triad Financial Corp. - Huntington Beach, CA
- Volvo Car Corporation - Gothenburg, Sweden
- Volvo Car Germany GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Volvo Car UK Limited - Marlow, United Kingdom
- Volvo Cars NV - Gent, Belgium
- Volvo Cars of North America LLC - Irvine, CA
- Volvo Cars of North America LLC - Rockleigh, NJ
- Volvo Personvagnar AB - Goteborg, Sweden
- Volvo Personvagnar Holding AB - Goteborg, Sweden

Contact Ford


Ford
Dearborn, MI 48121 USA

Phone: 313-322-3000

Web: www.ford.com

Alerts

Environment

Ford was rated as the 18th worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's (PERI) Toxic 100 index.…

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Ford was rated as the 18th worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's (PERI) Toxic 100 index. PERI is an “independent unit of the University of Massachusetts,” that promotes environmental sustainability and human rights through research. The index is based on 2007 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data. PERI's Toxic 100 index ranks the nation's largest companies based on the quantity of their emissions, relative toxicity of chemicals emitted, and proximity to population centers, among other criteria.

-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 04/16/2008

Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/Toxic-100-Index.430.0.html


Ford continued its long tradition of opposing fuel economy legislation through 2007, when it joined with other major auto manufact…

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Ford continued its long tradition of opposing fuel economy legislation through 2007, when it joined with other major auto manufacturers to oppose an energy bill that would require, among other changes, an increase of fuel economy standards from 25 to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The companies continue to fight against raising fuel economy standards in the United States, despite having already agreed to meet tougher standards in Europe and Japan.

-- San Francisco Chronicle, 06/13/2007

Source URL: none available


The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions.…

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The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions. The State’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit against General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, and Nissan for damaging the state’s weather, economy, and public health. Attorney General Bill Lockyer, filing the suit, stated: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act. It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis.”

-- Green Consumer Guide, 09/22/2006

Source URL: www.greenconsumerguide.com/index.php?news=3272


Environmental Defense’s report entitled “Global Warming on the Road” sheds light on the role of automobiles in augmenting the prob…

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Environmental Defense’s report entitled “Global Warming on the Road” sheds light on the role of automobiles in augmenting the problem of global warming. Automobiles emit roughly ten percent of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, the main form of greenhouse gas pollution. In 2004, CO2 emissions (MMTc), from the “Big Three”- GM, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler- were comparable to that from the nation’s 11 top electric companies. In that same year, Ford’s products emitted 80 carbon emissions (MMTc), which is nearly twice the amount emitted by the nation’s largest electrical company American Electrical Power (41 MMTc). Ford’s carbon emission accounts for 25 percent of MMTc emitted by all automobile makers.

-- Environmental Defense, 06/22/2006

Source URL: www.environmentaldefense.org/documents/5301_Globalwarmingontheroad.pdf


As part of a campaign to discredit evidence of the threats posed by global climate change, the conservative nonprofit think tank C…

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As part of a campaign to discredit evidence of the threats posed by global climate change, the conservative nonprofit think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released two television ads defending carbon as a benign part of the natural environment. The ads end with the tagline "Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution; we call it life," and suggest that the effects of global warming are simply concocted by alarmists. CEI is funded by companies including ExxonMobil, Ford, and General Motors.

-- Salon, 05/18/2006

Source URL: www.salon.com/tech/htww/2006/05/18/ford/index.html


A 2006 Ceres report titled "Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection," commissioned by Investor Responsibili…

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A 2006 Ceres report titled "Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection," commissioned by Investor Responsibility Resource Center, details a comprehensive measurement of how 100 leading global companies are responding to global warming. Through an evaluation of board oversight, management performance, public disclosure, emissions accounting, and strategic performance, to address climate change, the companies were evaluated on a 0 to 100 scale. Ford Motor Company scored a total of 58 points.

-- CERES, 03/01/2006

Source URL: www.ceres.org/pub/docs/Ceres_corp_gov_and_climate_change_0306.pdf


The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group of which Ford is an important member, filed a lawsuit in against two st…

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group of which Ford is an important member, filed a lawsuit in against two state agencies in Oregon to contest the state’s proposed adoption of the Clean Cars program. The industry-opposed program includes measures to raise emissions standards to levels that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas pollution in Oregon.

-- California Clean Cars Campaign, 09/12/2005

Source URL: www.calcleancars.org/legal/PressRelease_Lawsuit_9-13-05.pdf


According to the Jumpstart Ford Campaign, Ford Motor Company has an average fuel efficiency of 19.1 miles per gallon.…

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According to the Jumpstart Ford Campaign, Ford Motor Company has an average fuel efficiency of 19.1 miles per gallon.

-- Rainforest Action Network, 06/28/2005

Source URL: jumpstartford.com/why_ford/


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy(ACEEE), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering nationwide energy efficiency, list…

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy(ACEEE), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering nationwide energy efficiency, listed the Ford Excursion and the Land Rover Range Rover on their 2005 “Meanest Vehicles” list, a ranking of the twelve most polluting vehicles of the year. The ACEEE ranks vehicles based on tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and the emissions of gases that cause global warming.

-- GreenBiz, 02/15/2005

Source URL: www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27682


Ethics and Governance

Ford received a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies …

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Ford received a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.

-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/17/2007

Source URL: www.hrc.org/issues/ceihome.asp


Ford received a "B-" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report.…

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Ford received a "B-" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report. The grade reflects a measurement of corporate America's commitment to the African American citizenry and other people of color. Companies were surveyed for their activity in employment, vendor development and contracting, advertising and marketing, dealerships and philanthropy.

-- NAACP, 07/15/2007

Source URL: www.naacp.org/advocacy/economic/eri_2007/auto.pdf


AARP, a nonprofit association representing people 50 and older, sued Ford Motor Company over a managerial evaluation system in whi…

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AARP, a nonprofit association representing people 50 and older, sued Ford Motor Company over a managerial evaluation system in which some employees automatically received negative rankings regardless of whether or not their work was satisfactory. AARP alleged that older employees were more likely to be penalized by this system and subsequently their jobs were placed in jeopardy and they were deprived of benefits. Ford changed their policy regarding evaluations in 2001 after the suit was filed, and settled with AARP for 10.6 million dollars in 2002.

-- Star Tribune, 04/26/2005

Source URL: none available


Ford was named “America’s worst Greenwasher” of 2005 in a report by The Green Life.…

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Ford was named “America’s worst Greenwasher” of 2005 in a report by The Green Life. Greenwashing encompasses deceptive image advertisement and misleading product labels, as well as improper applications of terms and a range of public relations tactics, including sponsorship of seemingly eco-friendly events.

Ford presents its Escape Hybrid and the River Rouge factory as symbols of the company’s sweeping environmental commitment. However, set against Ford’s entity-level operations, these two technologies illustrate that the company has not truly changed. In 2004, for the fifth consecutive year and 20th time in the past 30 years, Ford had the worst fleetwide fuel economy of all major automakers. Hybrids account for approximately one-half of one percent of Ford’s annual sales. Although Ford plans to steadily expand its lineup of hybrids, their impact on the company’s fuel economy will be counteracted by new models of non-hybrid SUVs. As long as hybrids are hardly a sliver of Ford fleet and its green factory produces pickup trucks with worst-in-class fuel economy, Ford should cease marketing the Escape Hybrid and River Rouge as environmental emblems.

-- Green Life, 04/01/2004

Source URL: http://www.thegreenlifeonline.org/dontbefooled.html


In 2006, Chairman and CEO Alan Mullaly earned $28,183,476 according to SEC filings, but the AFL-CIO calculated his earnings to be …

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In 2006, Chairman and CEO Alan Mullaly earned $28,183,476 according to SEC filings, but the AFL-CIO calculated his earnings to be $39,128,100 in total compensation.

-- AFL-CIO, 05/17/2007

Source URL: www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/database.cfm?tkr=F&pg=1


At Ford's 2006 shareholder meeting, Green Century Funds (a collection of environmentally friendly mutual funds) called on the auto…

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At Ford's 2006 shareholder meeting, Green Century Funds (a collection of environmentally friendly mutual funds) called on the automaker to "prepare a report, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, on all of Ford’s lobbying efforts and financial expenditures intended to influence government regulation of fuel economy standards. The report should present the business case for these activities in light of long-term economic trends and the Company’s widely publicized plans to increase the fuel economy and reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles."

-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 05/01/2006

Source URL: www.iccr.org


The New York City Employees Retirement System (NYC Pension Funds), which holds Ford and other companies in its portfolio, has file…

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The New York City Employees Retirement System (NYC Pension Funds), which holds Ford and other companies in its portfolio, has filed a resolution with each company asking for the development of a code of conduct that is based on the International Labor Organization's core labor standards and the UN's Draft Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations with Regards to Human Rights. ILO conventions include the right to form and join a union, a prohibition on discrimination and intimidation, and prohibition against forced labor, child labor, and prison labor.

-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 01/01/2006

Source URL: none available


According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), ten years after the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission recommen…

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According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), ten years after the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission recommended disclosure of diversity data as a way to remove barriers and promote women and minority advancement, most US companies still fail to fully disclose EEO data to the public. Ford is listed as one of the companies that does not provide full public disclosure. The company did not respond to a survey for information sent by SIRAN.

-- Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), 12/07/2005

Source URL: www.siran.org/eeo1.php


In April 2003 the South Carolina Supreme Court said that the estate of a man whose leg was crushed in a 1990 Bronco II rollover co…

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In April 2003 the South Carolina Supreme Court said that the estate of a man whose leg was crushed in a 1990 Bronco II rollover could seek to reopen a case he lost a decade ago. In its ruling the court said that claims by the victim's lawyers that Ford paid the expert witness, David Bickerstaff, a former Ford engineer, to testify falsely on its behalf were a basis for re-opening the case. In 2001 a federal judge in a West Virginia case found that there was evidence of a "conspiracy" between Ford and Mr. Bickerstaff to mislead the court. Two days later the company settled that case, which involved a fatality.

-- New York Times, 04/23/2003

Source URL: none available


A Ford employee of Syrian descent filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company in September 2002 claiming a pattern of terro…

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A Ford employee of Syrian descent filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company in September 2002 claiming a pattern of terrorism-themed harassment by co-workers at a Michigan plant. The employee says that the harassment climaxed during the first year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and that his complaints to the company's "harassment hotline" went unheeded. He is seeking $25,000 in civil damages.

-- Macomb Daily, 09/18/2002

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Ford Motor has agreed to pay $300,000 to 23 African American plant workers at Ford's New Model Development Center in Allen Park, M…

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Ford Motor has agreed to pay $300,000 to 23 African American plant workers at Ford's New Model Development Center in Allen Park, Michigan. The workers filed a federal racial harassment lawsuit against Ford after a white co-worker "mocked what he considered to be African-American styles of speech and manner of walking." The employee also used inappropriate language and hung nooses from his forklift. The man was suspended without pay for one month.

-- Associated Press, 12/20/2001

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In 2001 Ford agreed to pay $7.5 million in a settlement with two women from Chicago plants who claimed they were harassed on the j…

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In 2001 Ford agreed to pay $7.5 million in a settlement with two women from Chicago plants who claimed they were harassed on the job. Female employees reported that there was an ongoing problem with sexual harassment and claimed that harassment was widely accepted on the factory floor and that complaints are generally ignored. Ford has since begun a $27 million training program to provide all employees with sexual harassment education.

-- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 09/07/2001

Source URL: none available


Human Rights

After a drawn-out appeals process, the Khulumani Support Group has won the right to have its case against more than 20 western com…

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After a drawn-out appeals process, the Khulumani Support Group has won the right to have its case against more than 20 western companies heard in New York district court. The Khulumani Group originally brought suit in the name of thousands of survivors and victims of the South African apartheid regime, claiming in 2002 that not only had the accused companies profited from the apartheid system, but had been directly involved in propping up the regime. The New York circuit court of appeal overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed the case, meaning that some of the most profitable companies in the world will have to confront allegations that they have been complicit in horrendous violations of human rights. Among the defendants are banking powerhouses Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, automakers Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, oil companies BP, ExxonMobil, Shell Petroleum, Chevron and finally, technology giant IBM.

-- Khulumani Support Group, 10/13/2007

Source URL: www.khulumani.net/content/view/1637/23/


Former employees of a Ford factory in Argentina have brought a civil lawsuit against Ford Motor Company and Ford Argentina allegin…

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Former employees of a Ford factory in Argentina have brought a civil lawsuit against Ford Motor Company and Ford Argentina alleging that managers enacted a drastic plan to end union activities at the plant near Buenos Aires during the days of military rule in the 70s and 80s. One of the plaintiffs claimed that some workers were kidnapped by the military and subjected to torture, including beatings, electric shocks and facing mock firing squads.

-- BBC News, 02/24/2006

Source URL: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4746236.stm


Health and Safety

The Web site Crown Victoria Safety Alert(CVSA) alleges that Ford’s entire “Panther” line of automobiles—the Crown Victoria, the Li…

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The Web site Crown Victoria Safety Alert(CVSA) alleges that Ford’s entire “Panther” line of automobiles—the Crown Victoria, the Lincoln Town Car and the Grand Marquis—are fundamentally unsafe because they are the only cars in the country in which the gas tank is positioned outside the rear axle, making the car significantly more likely to burst into flames when struck from behind. Supported by data gathered by the Center for Auto Safety, the automobile consumer watchdog group founded by Ralph Nader and Consumers Union in 1970, CVSA alleges that at least 21 police officers and hundreds of civilians have been burned to death because of this design flaw. Although Ford admits being aware of the defect, it has declined to act to protect the millions of drivers whose vehicles are affected, refusing even to notify owners of the cars that there is a problem.

-- Crown Victoria Safety Alert, 10/16/2007

Source URL: www.crownvictoriasafetyalert.com/index.html


In March 2004, a Mississippi jury ordered Ford Motors to pay $12.5 million to the family of three people who burned to death when …

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In March 2004, a Mississippi jury ordered Ford Motors to pay $12.5 million to the family of three people who burned to death when the fuel tank of their Ford F150 pickup truck exploded in flames after a collision. The lawsuit, filed by survivors of the deceased, alleged that Ford did not follow its own safety standards for the pickup and that the explosion was caused by the vehicle's rear axle puncturing the gas tank.

-- St. Louis Business Journal, 03/04/2004

Source URL: none available


In January 2004 U-Haul announced that it would no longer rent trailers to customers driving Ford Explorers, citing excessive costs…

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In January 2004 U-Haul announced that it would no longer rent trailers to customers driving Ford Explorers, citing excessive costs in defending liability lawsuits. The company said the decision was not based on safety concerns, and stated "U-Haul has chosen not to rent behind this tow vehicle based on our history of excessive costs in defending lawsuits involving Ford Explorer towing combinations."

-- Associated Press, 01/12/2004

Source URL: none available


In December 2002 Ford agreed to pay $51.5 million to settle U.S.…

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In December 2002 Ford agreed to pay $51.5 million to settle U.S. state government claims it misled consumers about the safety of its sport utility vehicles while also failing to disclose known tire failure risks. The claims against Ford stemmed mostly from Firestone tire failures, which U.S. safety regulators have linked to about 270 deaths, many in rollover accidents involving Ford's Explorer SUV. Ford denied any wrongdoing.

-- Reuters, 12/23/2002

Source URL: none available


In October 2001 Ford agreed to pay up to $2.7 billion to repair faulty ignition systems that are believed to have caused 11 deaths…

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In October 2001 Ford agreed to pay up to $2.7 billion to repair faulty ignition systems that are believed to have caused 11 deaths and 31 injuries. Through the settlement, the company admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to reimburse owners who had the ignition systems repaired as long as the vehicles had less than 100,000 miles on them at the time of the repair. A California Superior Court judge had ruled that the company knew the ignition system failed as early as 1982 but did not notify the public and denied any problems with the system to federal regulators.

-- San Francisco Chronicle, 10/26/2001

Source URL: none available


In 2001, twenty-six state attorney generals asked Ford to remove mercury switches from their vehicles due the toxic persistent nat…

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In 2001, twenty-six state attorney generals asked Ford to remove mercury switches from their vehicles due the toxic persistent nature of mercury and its vapors. Although General Motors and DaimlerChrysler were also cited as continuing to use mercury compounds in car manufacturing, Ford was the only vehicle manufacturer to receive the request. "Ford is in the early stages of a very large recall of vehicles," said a press aide to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who signed the letter. "The timing would be right for Ford to replace a large number of mercury switches, as it will be recalling about 3 million cars due to potentially faulty tires." Environmental Defense's Clean Car Campaign estimates there are 200 tons of mercury in cars and trucks currently on the road.

-- CNN, 07/03/2001

Source URL: none available


In May 2001, a California state appeals court upheld a $26 million verdict made in 2000 against Ford Motor in the case of a driver…

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In May 2001, a California state appeals court upheld a $26 million verdict made in 2000 against Ford Motor in the case of a driver whose Bronco II sport utility vehicle flipped in 1996, leaving him a quadriplegic unable to breathe without a ventilator. Ford had argued that the rollover could have been caused by the force of the accident rather than vehicle design, but the court rejected that argument. The plaintiff, who was held by the jury partially responsible for the accident, had died several months after the original verdict from complications from the automobile accident.

-- Reuters, 05/31/2001

Source URL: none available


Ford was named one of the Ten Worst Corporations of 2000 by Focus on the Corporation, which claims Ford and Firestone knew of at l…

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Ford was named one of the Ten Worst Corporations of 2000 by Focus on the Corporation, which claims Ford and Firestone knew of at least 35 deaths and 130 injuries related to tread separation on Firestone tires resulting in accidents involving Ford Explorer SUVs before the government's probe in 2000. At least 5 lawsuits were filed against the companies for tread-related rollovers by 1993, with many others following. Almost all of the suits were settled with gag orders barring attorneys and families from disclosing information about cases to the public or the Department of Transportation.

-- Mother Jones, 01/03/2001

Source URL: www.motherjones.com/fotc/fotc33.html


Labor

Thirty-eight thousand Ford Motor Co. employees, almost half of the automaker’s US factory workforce, accepted buyout offers to lea…

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Thirty-eight thousand Ford Motor Co. employees, almost half of the automaker’s US factory workforce, accepted buyout offers to leave the company. The buyouts exceed Ford’s goal of reducing 30,000 blue-collar jobs in North America by 2008. In addition, Ford will close 16 factories by 2008.

-- Chicago Sun-Times, 11/30/2006

Source URL: none available


In February 2004, the Ford Motor closed its Edison, NJ plant, leaving 845 workers without jobs.…

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In February 2004, the Ford Motor closed its Edison, NJ plant, leaving 845 workers without jobs. In all manufacturing, New Jersey has lost 241,000 jobs, or about 40 percent, since 1990.

-- Associated Press, 02/22/2004

Source URL: none available


In October 2003, Ford announced it would invest as much as $1.5 billion in China over the next several years to expand manufacturi…

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In October 2003, Ford announced it would invest as much as $1.5 billion in China over the next several years to expand manufacturing capacity at Changan Ford in Chongqing, Sichuan province, from the current 20,000 units a year to 150,000. Ford announced that it planned to add a second car plant and a new engine plant. As of October 2003, the Chongqing factory had the capacity to assemble approximately 50,000 units per year.

-- Friednet, 10/19/2003

Source URL: none available


Ethics and Governance

In 2002, PETA declared an action alert against Ford Motors and other automakers, urging the public to send letters to the company’…

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In 2002, PETA declared an action alert against Ford Motors and other automakers, urging the public to send letters to the company’s CEO, condemning the use of leather its cars. PETA has condemned the unnecessary torture to which cows raised for leather are subjected: "Most of the millions of animals slaughtered for their skin are made to endure the horrors of factory farming, overcrowding, deprivation, unanesthetized castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning. At the end of their miserable lives, they have their throats slit, are hung upside-down, and are bled to death. "

-- PETA, 01/01/2002

Source URL: www.peta.org