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Organization Name

Ford Motor Company

Case Story Title

THE FORD APPROACH TOWARDS HUMAN RIGHTS AND BUSINESS INTEGRATION

Case Story Date

2009/08/28

Issues Addressed

  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Supply Chain Sustainability

Case Story Category

Partnership Project

Countries of Impact

United States of America

Case Description

This case study illustrates how Ford has systematically integrated considerations of human rights to management systems and operating procedures in the period of time from 2000 to 2009. Ford has defined quite clearly the relationship of human rights and business policy both in theory and in practice. The case study addresses particularly the first two UN Global Compact principles in placing special emphasis on sustainability policies and challenges in the context of supply chain management. It also elaborates on Ford’s leadership role in bringing both the issues and potential solutions to the global automotive industry in an effort to expand and maximize the leverage within the company’s sphere of influence through collaboration with other actors. The case study concludes with a passage on lessons learned and an outlook on the future of sustainability work at Ford.

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Authors

Malte Dold

Contact Person

None

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