'A' is for apple, and it's also for 'award' - like the one Ford Motor Company received for the second time recently by CDP, an international nonprofit that serves to drive sustainable economies. The organization presented Ford and 23 other companies an 'A' grade recently for its water management efforts, an accolade sought after by over 600 companies total. Ford and the other award-winning companies will be listed on an exclusive list of corporate leaders in CDP's report, Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action, which was released on November 15.
Morgan Gillepsy, the head of water at CDP, praised Ford and the other noted companies for their commitment to environmental accountability. “The business case for action to improve water security has never been stronger or more urgent," Gillepsy said. "We congratulate Ford Motor Company for achieving a position on CDP’s Water A List. The company is responding to market demand for environmental accountability and at the same time making progress toward achieving a water-secure world. And, as our report shows, this will make a difference to companies working to fulfill their carbon reduction potential and the sustainable development goals.” Learn more about Ford's water sustainability in the video below:
Ford's recognition stems from its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. The Blue Oval is aiming to reduce its water use per vehicle by 72 percent as of 2020, in pursuit of using zero potable (drinking water for vehicle manufacturing. Representatives for Ford recognize the importance of preserving clean drinking water, considering how many people worldwide have little access to it.
“Water is a precious resource,” Andy Hobbs, Ford 's director of the Environmental Quality Office, said. “We recognize that every person has the right to accessible, clean and affordable drinking water, that’s why we’ve established such an aggressive 2020 target. We aspire to have zero water withdrawal for our manufacturing processes and we are proud that CDP is recognizing our efforts to remain a water conservation leader.”
Ford's initiatives, in particular regard to water, sparked 16 years ago with its Global Water Management Initiative. For 15 years, the project saved 10 billion gallons of water, resulting in a 61 percent decrease overall. Ford hopes to save 30 percent more per vehicle from 2015 to 2020 by incorporating new technologies and real-time water metering.
Learn more about Ford's sustainability by visiting our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. Don't forget to take a test-drive while you're there!