Ford's Award-Winning Supplier Diversity Development Program Exceeds Minority-Owned Business Spending Goals

     Ford's Award-Winning Supplier Diversity Development Program Exceeds
                    Minority-Owned Business Spending Goals

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., March 14, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord's Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) program continues to exceed
    its goals for a diverse business landscape. The automaker annually aims to
    source at least 10 percent of U.S. purchases from minority, women and
    veteran-owned businesses
  oIn 2012, Ford purchased $5.7 billion in goods and services from
    minority-owned suppliers and $1.2 billion in goods and services from
    women-owned businesses
  oFord is recognized by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council
    (WBENC) as a leader in developing relationships and partnerships with
    women-owned businesses. Ford is celebrating its women-owned and operated
    business partners in March, which is National Women's History Month

Ford's Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) program aims to source at least 10
percent of U.S. purchases from minority, women and veteran-owned businesses
annually. And in 2012, the automaker exceeded that goal by purchasing $5.7
billion in goods and services from minority-owned suppliers and $1.2 billion
in goods and services from women-owned businesses.

"As the landscape of the country and the world changes, Ford recognizes that
the contributions of diverse and veteran entrepreneurs are important to the
success of its business," said Carla Preston, Supplier Diversity Development
director. "The brand is committed to continuing to strengthen its chain of
suppliers through its Supplier Diversity Development program."

Ford's SDD program works with community organizations, trade associations and
business leaders to ensure that it continues to represent the interests of
diverse businesses.

For the second year in a row, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council
(WBENC) has recognized those efforts and awarded Ford for its productive
business partnerships with women-owned businesses and for continuing to
develop business practices that complement today's marketplace.

"For more than 34 years, Ford has been committed to ensuring a diverse supply
chain network," said Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing. "As
Ford continues to strengthen its balance sheet, we are similarly committed to
the sustainability of our minority, women and veteran suppliers."

Throughout March, which is National Women's History Month, Ford is proud to
celebrate the 150 Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) and minority-led
businesses that provide goods and services to the automaker such as GDC Inc.,
G-TECH Services Inc. and ETCS Inc.:

  oGDC, owned by Loretta Miller and based in Goshen, Ind., specializes in
    utilizing green technology (i.e. recycled tires) in plastic and
    rubber-formed products. GDC helped develop a product using coconut shells
    and fibers for Ford Super Duty
  oG-TECH Services, a woman business enterprise based in Dearborn, Mich., has
    been a professional staffing supplier to Ford Motor Company for more than
    two decades. Under President and CEO Theresa Ghafari, the company has
    tripled its sales and employee numbers in the last decade alone
  oETCS, a minority-owned and operated engineering, tooling, components and
    staffing company located in Troy, Mich., is led by President and CEO Ravi
    Kapur. ETCS became a new supplier to Ford in October 2012 and provides die
    design

"As innovators, these business leaders are creating new sustainable products
that help us meet our goal to reduce our environmental footprint while at the
same time accelerate development of advanced, fuel-efficient vehicle
technologies around the world," said Preston. "They have made substantial
contributions to Ford's profitable growth. And we expect continued growth with
our minority, women and veteran business owners for years to come."

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Kristina Adamski, +1-313-323-7809, kadamsk1@ford.com
 
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