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Ford to measure Supply Chain Emissions (summary)

The Environmental Leader’s website announced this month Ford’s Responsible Supply Chain initiative. The American carmaker launched a survey with 35 of its suppliers to collect data about their carbon emissions and energy use. With this program, Ford tries to estimate its supply chain’s carbon footprint in order to reduce emissions: “Understanding the carbon footprint of our supply chain is a crucial part of our comprehensive global strategy to reduce greenhouse gases”, explains the brand, which aims to reduce its own GHGs 30% by 2020.




The polled suppliers represent, ”nearly 30% of Ford’s $65 billion in annual procurement spending,” says Environmental Leaders. They have been chosen because their products, such as seats, steering systems or tires reject a lot of CO2 during manufacturing processes.

The interest if this project is larger than just calculating carbon emissions: it’s about sharing data and best practices throughout the supply chain with the cooperation and involvement of very different actors. Nowadays, building responsible and ethical relationships with suppliers has become crucial: more and more companies try to federate within their stakeholders to improve the environmental and social impact of their supply chains. For instance, the organization {{LNK|Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange|http://www.sedex.org.uk/sedex/go.asp?u=/WebSite/Home&pm=6&location=Home}}, connects businesses and their global suppliers to share ethical data and enable continuous improvement in ethical performance. These types of initiatives will make a difference in building a different business environment and will deeply contribute to give the company a sense of responsibility beyond their own factories.

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