Ford Shareholders to Consider Green Century Proposal

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Boston, May 7, 2024 – Shareholders prepare to vote on a Green Century proposal at Ford’s May 9 annual general meeting. The proposal asks Ford to disclose deforestation risk associated with the leather, rubber, and minerals it buys, and encourages the company to support efforts to expand supplies of green steel and aluminum.

Ford purchases leather, rubber, and minerals for  car seats, tires, and auto parts. Raising cattle, harvesting rubber, and mining minerals are associated with deforestation and ecological damage. However, the company is silent on how these materials could lead to long-term environmental damage, especially in vulnerable areas like Brazil, Indonesia, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Ford has committed to buying green primary steel and aluminum for 10% of its total purchase by 2030. Yet not one ton of green steel or aluminum is manufactured currently in the United States. The proposal asks Ford how it will attain its 2030 goal and to join NGO-led organizations like ResponsibleSteel and the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI), which support sustainable production of these metals.

“We are thrilled that Ford is advancing quickly to manufacture climate friendly vehicles – like EVs,” said Green Century Funds President Leslie Samuelrich. “But the company faces material risk in its supply chain from the products it uses. Companies have to be relentless in investigating and changing their total impact on the environment.”

Competitors Exceed Ford On Green Steel and Aluminum

Volvo and Mercedes-Benz participate in the steel plant sustainability standard, ResponsibleSteel, and Volvo has joined SteelZero, where members commit purchasing 100% green steel by 2050. Ford would be the first North American auto manufacturer to participate in these initiatives and could accelerate the wider availability of green metals.

“Ford’s Road to Better slogan describes its commitment to building a more sustainable  transportation future,” said Green Century Shareholder Advocate Andrea Ranger. “Instead of  fighting our proposal at the ballot box, we want Ford to remain on the Road to Better. We believe Ford should implement our proposal to protect nature and biodiversity and ensure it supports  development of steel and aluminum manufacturing that is powered by renewable energy.”

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