Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has become the first automaker to join the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Disclosure, a project that monitors companies on their water usage, water risks, and water management plans of company operations and their supply chains.

The CDP established the disclosure and reporting framework used by 2,500 of the world’s largest companies to report carbon emissions. The Water Disclosure initiative extends the approach to managing the world’s shrinking water resources.

“Water scarcity is quickly becoming a critical global issue with significant social and environmental implications and all of us need to be part of the solution,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice-president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “For the past decade, Ford has made it a priority to conserve water. Joining CDP Water Disclosure is another important step in our commitment to this issue.”

As a founding responder in the project, Ford is helping to shape the questionnaire that will serve as the protocol for water reporting.

Ford launched its own voluntary global water management initiative in 2000, including water conservation, reuse of storm and process water, and water quality management. From 2000 to 2008, the company cut its global water use by 56 per cent.

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