Ford is joining the ranks of companies that are beginning to examine the carbon footprint of their supply chain. Today, the automaker announced that it would begin a survey of 35 of its top suppliers to obtain a better idea of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of its supply chain. The 35 suppliers that Ford has chosen for this project account for 30 percent of the company’s annual purchasing dollars.

These companies make a variety of products including seats, tires and metal components, and seats. Although many of these companies may already have their own systems in place to measure their carbon footprint, Ford is asking that the suppliers share this data so the company can help reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Ford has partnered with the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to help these organizations with their greenhouse gas emission measurement methods.

“The two organizations are leading a global collaboration of businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations to develop credible methods for measuring and reporting corporate greenhouse gas emissions. They are currently drafting a new standard to be used to measure indirect or Scope 3 emissions. In tandem, Ford is participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Program. Ford is the only automaker participating in both initiatives.” Source: Ford

In addition to working with these two organizations, Ford is also working with the Automotive Industry Action Group to share its experience with the process. Ultimately, this will lead to an automotive industry standard that other automakers can use when assessing their own supply chains.

Ford joins other well-known companies including Walmart, P&G, and Kaiser Permanente, all of which are working on assessing the carbon footprint of their supply chains.

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Sustainable supply chain

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