In pursuing its supply chain sustainability objectives, Ford has taken a three-pronged approach to effectively engage suppliers throughout the chain.
1) Individual facilities. Training and capability building are the fundamental basis of Ford's supply chain sustainability program, supported by assessments of individual tier-one supplier factories.
2) Corporate engagement. Ford is building stronger supplier relationships and leveraging a supplier partnership initiative, called the Aligned Business Framework (ABF), to enhance supplier ownership at the corporate level for supply chain sustainability management and performance systems at its suppliers and throughout the automotive supply chain.
3) Industry collaboration. Ford is driving collaboration and tool development for global supply chain sustainability issues through industry and cross-industry partnerships.
Ford has undertaken several key initiatives to strengthen its supplier relationships and manage supply chain sustainability performance across its supply chain, including its ABF. Strong relationships with suppliers must be based on open communication, clear expectations and consistent requirements and processes.
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Keywords: supplier base, supplier relationship, multi-tier supplier network, multi-echelon supplier network, supplier sustainability requirements, sustainable supply chains
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