Ford Partners with Manufacture 2030 to Help Suppliers Meet Environmental Goals

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Manufacture 2030 have announced a strategic partnership to help the automaker’s suppliers meet carbon reduction targets that contribute to Ford’s goal to reach carbon neutrality globally no later than 2050, and by 2035 in Europe.
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As part of its shift to carbon neutrality, Ford has joined Manufacture 2030 to help its suppliers meet environmental targets. // Courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Manufacture 2030 have announced a strategic partnership to help the automaker’s suppliers meet carbon reduction targets that contribute to Ford’s goal to reach carbon neutrality globally no later than 2050, and by 2035 in Europe.

“Achieving carbon neutrality for Ford is an important corporate goal and integral to our purpose to help build a better world,” says Jonathan Jennings, global vice president of supply chain at Ford. “It is becoming a strong demand from our customers, shareholders and investors, and the supply chain is essential in achieving this goal.

“Hitting our targets will require we cut emissions across our entire value chain, particularly from purchased energy, goods, and services. M2030 is a key program for Ford to help us all in not only reporting emissions but in forming realistic action plans and glidepaths to achieving our goals.”

Ford is among the first American automakers to join Manufacture 2030, and the first to include its global supply chain on the platform. M2030 is designed to help suppliers measure, manage, and reduce carbon emissions.

Ford manufactures more vehicles in the U.S. and employs more hourly workers in America than any other automaker and was one of the first American automakers to align with the international community to limit the impacts of global warming as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

In the first phase of the partnership, Ford is offering the voluntary platform to its more than 5,000 Tier 1 global supplier sites covering more than 66 countries, including suppliers who have yet to establish science-based carbon reduction targets. M2030’s platform can help suppliers identify which actions to take to measure, manage, and reduce carbon emissions and reduce costs as they build their carbon neutrality plans.

“This is a powerful example of how Ford’s scale and proven industrial expertise can help accelerate the shift to EVs and support a diverse supply chain that is good for people and the planet, and good for business,” says Cynthia Williams, global director of sustainability, homologation, and compliance at Ford. “By working together and leveraging our collective expertise, we believe this platform will help our suppliers deliver significant carbon reductions and greater positive impact.”

Building on strong demand for its new electric vehicles, Ford recently announced a series of initiatives for sourcing battery capacity and raw materials that light a clear path to reach its targeted annual run rate of 600,000 EVs by late 2023 and more than 2 million by the end of 2026.

As Ford creates a new EV supply chain that upholds its commitments to sustainability and human rights, the company continues to plan for more than half its global production to be EVs by 2030.

The initiative also will support the company’s commitment to the First Movers Coalition, a global initiative to harness purchasing power and supply chains to create early markets for innovative clean energy technologies. As part of the coalition, Ford committed to purchase at least 10 percent near-zero carbon steel and aluminum by 2030.

To learn more about Ford’s sustainability progress and commitments, click here.

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