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Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report


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Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works.

Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company accelerated its sustainability strategy and remains deeply committed to making positive contributions to society and reducing the environmental impact of its products 'while remaining economically viable'.

The report - the 10th formal, nonfinancial report published by the company - provides updates on the key material issues of climate change, mobility, vehicle safety, human rights and sustaining Ford, focusing on the mid-2008 to early 2009 timeframe. During that time, Ford:

  Was on track to exceed its product carbon dioxide goal, which calls for a 30 per cent reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions of its new U.S. and European vehicles by 2020, compared to the 2006 model year.

  Accelerated its electric vehicle strategy and introduced several vehicles that achieve best-in-class fuel economy.

  Continued to boost its vehicle quality, putting it on par with the best in the business, according to several global third-party assessments.

  Cut its global water use by 24 per cent and improved its energy efficiency in North America by 4.5 per cent.

  Received the most Top Safety Picks from the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of any automaker and introduced a range of safety innovations to its vehicles globally.

  Led an effort to conduct human rights and working conditions training sessions in China and Mexico that reached thousands of companies in the supply chain, in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Action Group and other automakers.

  Joined the United Nations Global Compact.

The web-based report also provides detailed coverage of the Company's sustainability governance and other issues in the areas of Economy, Environment and Society. The report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, at a self-assessed application level of A. The full report and an eight-page downloadable summary are available at:

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