Not only has Ford Motor Co. mounted an incredible industry comeback over the past few years, but they’ve done so without stepping on any toes – including those of Mother Nature. In fact, along with soaring profits, Ford has just been named to the Ethisphere Institute’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, due in large part to the American automaker’s focus on improving its environmental record.
“Ford stood out in its industry for having a particularly strong commitment to improving the sustainability and fuel efficiency of its vehicles. That includes of course its global electric vehicle strategy,” said Cristina Beltran, a spokesperson for the institute, indicating that the company’s focus on environmental sustainability was a “key differentiator” in beating out other companies to make the list.
In fact, Ford was the only automaker on the list, which includes over 110 companies throughout the world.
“Ford is honored to be named to Ethisphere’s 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies list, said David Leitch, Group V.P. and General Counsel at Ford. “This is a testament to the men and women across the organization who come to work everyday providing excellence in everything they do. At Ford, our values guide and dictate our behavior and we recognize our commitment to corporate social responsibility and all of our stakeholders.”
Leitch’s position heading-up Ford’s litigation department (among other things) is a hint at Ford’s lack of competition. Why the institute won’t reveal the companies that were nominated but which didn’t make the list, Beltran did comment that “legal troubles” could be to blame for some automakers, i.e. Toyota.
In total 3,000 companies were nominated for the list from 100 countries in 38 different sectors. Other automotive industry companies that made the list include Johnson Controls, Cummins and Denso.