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Ford Motor Company Exceeds 2010 Goal for Spending with Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses
DEARBORN, MI / May 13, 2011 / --
  • In 2010, Ford Motor Company purchased $4.1 billion in goods and services from its U.S. minority- and women-owned business enterprises
  • Ford exceeded its goal to source more than 10 percent of U.S. spending with diverse suppliers
  • Ford is partnering with Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council to find internships for more than 20 local high school students
Ford Motor Company announced today that it exceeded its supplier diversity sourcing goals by purchasing $4.1 billion in goods and services from its tier-one minority- and women-owned business enterprises in 2010.

The increase from $2.7 billion in 2009 reflects higher vehicle production volumes, expanded sourcing to existing suppliers and the addition of several new minority- and women-owned businesses.

In addition, Ford's tier-one suppliers spent $1.29 billion with tier-two minority- and women-owned businesses in 2010, an increase from $1.02 billion in 2009.

"Ford Motor Company takes very seriously its commitment to developing and growing a diverse supply base," said Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing. "These companies offer a wealth of innovation, and if we are to remain competitive, it is imperative that we connect with the best of the best. Not only does this strengthen our supply network, it creates jobs and economic growth for the communities that we serve."

The $4.1 billion spent in 2010 surpasses Ford's annual goal of sourcing more than 10 percent of its U.S. production and non-production business with diverse suppliers.

Ford's Supplier Diversity Development program represents a commitment to providing a broad range of supplier opportunities and resources. Ford understands the value of ensuring that its suppliers represent all segments of the business community, and mirror those communities in which it does business. Ford's Supplier Diversity Development Office works with business leaders, trade associations and community-based organizations that represent the interests of diverse businesses to empower communities through economic development.

"Our suppliers are of paramount importance to our success as a company and in serving our diverse customer base," said Carla-Traci Preston, director, Supplier Diversity Development. "At Ford, we are strongly committed to maintaining qualified and certified minority- and women-owned businesses."

Developing the next generation of diverse business leaders is an important part of a healthy, diverse supplier network. Ford's longstanding commitment to supplier diversity has been recognized this year by a number of diversity publications and organizations:
  • Corporation of the Year - Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Top Supplier Diversity Program - Professional Women's Magazine
  • Top Supplier Diversity Program - Black EOE Journal
  • Corporation of the Year - Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
  • Ford ranked No. 5 - Diversity Inc. Supplier Diversity
  • Ford ranked within the top 50 organizations in the U.S. for multicultural business opportunities - DiversityBusiness.com
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 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's products, please visit www.ford.com

Source: Ford Motor Company

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