In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Ford Motor Company
today announced it increased its sourcing with Women’s Business
Enterprise companies 50 percent last year, purchasing $1.8 billion in
goods and services from tier-one, women-owned suppliers, up from $1.2
billion in 2012.
“For 36 years, Ford has been committed to working with a supply base
that is both diverse and innovative,” said Birgit Behrendt, vice
president, Ford global programs and purchasing operations. “Our
women-owned suppliers bring an evolving perspective to the needs and
wants of our customer base, which inevitably contributes to Ford’s
Ford established its Supplier Diversity Development program in 1978 to
empower diverse communities, including women, minorities and veterans.
The goal is to help create wealth by fostering diversity across Ford’s
supply chain – prompting consideration of Ford products among those who
do business with the company.
Ford works with more than 150 women-owned suppliers, having done
business with seven of these companies for more than 25 years. Ford also
is celebrating 50 years of business with Roseville, Mich.-based Atlas
Tool. Elizabeth Schmidt is owner and CEO of Atlas, which provides
high-quality stamping dies to the stamping industry.
During the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s annual
conference later this month, Atlas Tool, as nominated by Ford, will
receive the council’s 2013 Women’s Business Enterprise Stars award.
Additionally, Ford will be recognized for a third consecutive year as
one of America’s Top Corporations for 2013. The award honors the
company’s best-in-class practices to proactively integrate women-owned
businesses into its supply chain at all levels. Ford was the first
automaker to earn this honor in 2011.
“I salute Ford for its dedication to and investment in women-owned
businesses,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of Women’s
Business Enterprise National Council. “Women business owners have become
a driving force in today’s economic landscape, and with support from
companies like Ford, their access to capital and other leadership
opportunities will continue to increase.”
Ford’s Supplier Diversity Development program has invested more than $70
billion with women, minority and veteran suppliers since 1978. Ford’s
goal is to source more than 10 percent of its annual $100 billion in
global purchasing budget with diverse production and nonproduction
The Supplier Diversity Development program has been recognized by
numerous national organizations for its supplier diversity efforts
1988, 1998, 2001, 2012 National Minority Supplier Development Council
Corporation of the Year
2010 DiversityInc magazine Top 10 Best Companies for Supplier Diversity
2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Michigan Minority Supplier Development
Council Corporation of the Year
2010 and 2013 Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Corporation of the Year
2011, 2012, 2013 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Million
About Ford Motor Company
Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
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video, visit www.media.ford.com.
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