SD&I PROGRAM MILESTONES
SD&I PROGRAM MILESTONES
Began as an Inner-city Supplier Development program.
Minority Supplier Development Department Created.
Ford’s SD&I Program was launched, one of the first supplier diversity programs in the United States.
Awarded Corporation of the Year for the first time by NMSDC.
Ford is a founding member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Ford’s Tier 2 Program began.
Ford’s SD&I Program expands to include women owned businesses.
Ford’s SD&I Program expands to include Veteran Owned Businesses.
Ford’s SD&I Program expands to include Canadian Aboriginal and Global Women Owned Businesses.
Ford’s SD&I Program expands to include LGBTQ and Disability Owned Businesses.
To better align our Supplier Diversity program with Ford’s Diversity & Inclusion program, spend with diverse companies in the following categories are recognized as part of the Supplier Diversity Program: Women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Canadian Aboriginal, LGBT People, Veterans, Disabled Veterans, People with Disabilities and Small Businesses.
SUPPLIER DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
Supporting and developing a diverse supply chain contributes to strong and sustainable businesses. Through advocacy and relationship building internally and externally, our efforts assist us in making a positive impact to our bottom line and within the communities where our suppliers operate.
Jim HackettFord Motor Company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our employees, our customer base, dealer network and supply chain. Truly, there is such an advantage we have with our team and partners – diverse backgrounds and diversity of thought – and to me, there is nothing more important or influential to our success than diversity. As we evolve as a company to pursue leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions, we look for diverse suppliers to bring fresh ideas and perspectives that will help us produce smart vehicles for a smart world. Developing strong relationships with our supply chain, inclusive of diverse suppliers, will result in more innovative products, stronger communities and a better world.
Travis SpencerDiversity & Inclusion permeates the core of our company – from the diversity of our product offerings and global workforce, to our strategic partners, supply base and dealers. Rapidly changing technologies are creating incredible opportunities for growth with diverse suppliers who are able to identify and understand the traditional industry disruptors, grasp the concept of Diversity & Inclusion and develop a forward-looking strategy and plan. We remain committed to support, develop, grow and promote our diverse suppliers while expanding the economic impact and growth in the community for a more sustainable future.
The Supplier Diversity Development Office, a group within Supply Chain Sustainability, is a part of the Purchasing organization of Ford Motor Company. This office administers the Supplier Diversity Development Program and works with many diverse and small businesses to promote economic development and sustainability.