Ford Motor Co.

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Michigan
Automobiles and Components

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Ford Motor Co. (Ford), increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Ford forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. Ford Motor has also opposed state efforts to increase election security and endorsed the Equality Act. Ford is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. For these reasons, Ford receives a High Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

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In 2020, despite pressure from some employees, Ford did not stop the production of vehicles for police units (1). Ford received a score of 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (2)(3). However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Rationale

Ford‘s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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Rationale

Ford‘s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company forces employees to attend multiple, controversial trainings on gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender issues, and divisive racial ideology. The company provides gender transition guidelines for its employees and specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). Ford does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (3).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Ford issued a statement opposing various state election security laws (1). Ford also encouraged adding LGBTQ protections to a Michigan civil rights law (2). In response to a Twitter comment, Ford created the “Very Gay Raptor” (3). Ford Motor Company also supports the Equality Act (4). Former Ford CEO James P. Hackett signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (5). Ford is a Ceres Network Member, committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 (6)(7). Ford‘s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (8)(9). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Ford provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1). Ford’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (2)(3). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. In 2016, allegations surfaced suggesting that Ford donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, Black Lives Matter, and other leftist groups. Ford Motor responded by denying the allegations, clarifying that the Ford Motor Company has no relation to the Ford Foundation, which is a private foundation founded by the Ford family but presently disconnected from the company (4)(5)(6).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
Rationale

Ford‘s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company publicly advocated for controversial sex and gender ideology through local, state or federal legislation or initiatives (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Ford donated to the Equality PAC in 2022 (3)(4).

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February 11, 2024

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Voting History

Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/11/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenEqual Voting Rights for Each ShareAgainst35.90%
5/11/23SocialThe National Center for Public Policy ResearchChild Labor AuditAgainst6.30%
5/11/23EnvironmentalPeople for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsTransparency and Minimization of Animal TestingAgainst4.80%
5/12/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenGive Each Share an Equal VoteAgainst36.59%
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