Supplier Diversity Development Program

Ford Motor Company's Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) Program was started in 1978. Ford recognized that it had a social responsibility to provide opportunity to minority individuals and their communities. When Ford started this program there were few minority owned and operated companies with the capabilities to provide the goods and services purchased by Ford and other automotive manufacturers. At the direction of Henry Ford II, a program was designed to identify high potential minority business persons and assist them in growing their companies to competitive positions in our industry. At Ford Motor Company, we extended our diverse program to include but not limited to: businesses categorize as Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, as well as businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business regions (HUB Zone) and Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB).


The Mission of Supplier Diversity Development is to economically empower diverse communities through the creation of wealth.


This is accomplished through the Vision: To create a virtuous circle that fosters inclusion of diverse suppliers across the Ford's supply chain and prompts consideration of Ford products among those benefiting from Ford's business.