Ford Joins Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
Ford has announced that it is the first automaker to become a part of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, or EICC. The EICC is an organization of numerous electronics industry leaders that is committed to improving conditions—be it socially, environmentally, or ethically—along their respective and shared supply chains.
Ford’s membership with the group is a confirmation of its goal to focus on human rights and acceptable labor conditions in all facets of its production, and it mandates that Ford hold any suppliers who do not adequately meet these standards accountable.
“At Ford, we have a commitment to conducting business responsibly in an ethical and transparent manner,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president, global purchasing. “Working with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and other industry leaders enables us to further improve the way we work together with our suppliers to address sustainability-related issues such as human rights, working conditions and environmental responsibility.”
The EICC consists of 110 electronics companies from 17 different sectors of industry. Ford is the first automaker to commit to the cause, but it is no doubt looking to spur its competitors into similar action in the effort of improving the quality of life for so many around the world.
“At the end of the day, this is not about industry competition—it’s about doing the right thing,” said Kim Pittel, Ford vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “By joining the coalition, we will have support from the world’s most respected, sustainable companies to ensure responsible business practices and ethical standards throughout our supply chain.”
Ford has earned a place among Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies for the past six years.