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About This Report

Welcome to Ford’s 18th annual report on our sustainability progress. At Ford, we see reporting as an ongoing, evolving process, not an annual exercise. We expect our reporting to evolve further still and invite your feedback on this report, as well as our approach to reporting, at

This report covers the year 2016 and early 2017. The data is primarily for 2016 (for operations) and for the 2016 and 2017 model years (for vehicles). In addition to this full online sustainability report, we publish an eight-page review (pdf, 2.89MB) for use by employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Significant Leadership Changes Just Prior to Report Release

On May 22, 2017, Ford Motor Company announced major global leadership changes at the company:

These changes were announced during the final stages of preparing the 2016/2017 Sustainability Report, and are reflected in role titles, where appropriate, throughout the report.

Data Boundaries and Global Reporting Frameworks

Data in this report is subject to various forms of assurance, as discussed below and noted in the data tables. The summary report was reviewed by Ford’s top senior executives and the Sustainability and Innovation Committee of the Board of Directors.

This report is “in accordance” with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards at a Comprehensive level. In 2016/17, Ford Motor Company transitioned to the GRI Standards. The GRI Standards include all the main concepts and disclosures from G4, with changes mostly involving structure and format. More information on the GRI Standards can be found on the GRI website.

This report also serves as Ford’s annual United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) “Communication on Progress” (see the UNGC Index), as it includes discussion of Ford’s implementation of the 10 principles of the UNGC and support for broad UN development goals (please also see the Sustainable Development Goals Index).

Consistent with GRI guidance on boundary setting, the data in this report covers all of Ford Motor Company’s wholly and majority-owned operations globally, unless otherwise noted. Boundaries for each material issue are noted in our GRI Index. Data measurement techniques, the bases of calculations, changes in the basis for reporting or reclassifications of data previously reported are included where relevant as footnotes to tables and charts.

Data Assurance

Some of the data in our reports has been subject to various forms of internal and third-party verification, as follows:

  • Financial data was audited for disclosure in the Ford Annual Report on Form 10-K (pdf, 13.4MB)

  • Verification data is not yet available for Ford’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 global facility greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One hundred percent of Ford’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 global facility GHG emissions will be third-party verified to limited assurance. Over 75 percent of Ford’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 global facility GHG emissions will be third-party verified to a reasonable level of assurance. In addition, all of our European facilities impacted by the mandatory E.U. Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) are third-party verified. All EU-ETS verification statements are provided to Ford, by facility, from Lucideon (formerly CICS) for U.K. facilities, Lloyds for Spain and Intechnica for Germany. North American facilities are verified against the Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol. European facilities are verified against the EU-ETS rules and guidelines

  • Ford reports facility CO2 emissions to national emissions registries or other authorities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China and Taiwan and the E.U. (Germany, Spain and U.K.)

  • Various environmental data are reported to regulatory authorities

  • Ford’s facility environmental data are managed using our Global Emissions Manager database, which provides a globally consistent approach to measurement and monitoring

The kind of assurance used for each data set is noted in the data charts.