Supplier Diversity Development ProgramS

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 request of Henry Ford II, a program was designed to identify high potential minority business enterprises and assist them in growing their companies to competitive positions in our industry. At Ford Motor Company, our diverse program is inclusive of, but not limited to: businesses categorize as Minority-Owned (MBE), Women-Owned (WBE), Veteran-Owned (VBE), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVBE), Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), as well as businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business regions (HUB Zone).


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


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.


  • Ford is committed to investing in the communities where our customers live, and our Supplier Diversity program supports this commitment.
  • Having a broad and diverse supply base reinforces our commitment to the communities where we live & work and increases our ability to secure some of the very best commodities.
  • Embracing differences strengthens our competitive advantage and allows Ford Motor Company to deliver the very best products to a diverse and growing marketplace.
  • Having a Supplier Diversity program meets our diverse supplier content requirement for fleet sales to U.S. government and commercial customers in North America.
  • Ford Motor Company's Supplier Diversity program builds product consideration among multicultural and female consumer segments which are growing in size and affluence.