As Ford Motor Co. celebrates its 100th anniversary this month with a giant extravaganza in Dearborn, Mich., the July issue of DiversityInc magazine, a publication that covers diversity efforts of U.S. companies, will arrive on the newsstands.
Tony Brown, Ford's vice president of global purchasing and a black, will be on its cover as part of an article hailing Ford as the No. 1 company in America for diversity and the only auto company on the magazine's top 50 list.
It is not the first accolade Ford has received for its recent diversity efforts. The Michigan Minority Business Development Council named Ford its corporation of the year for 2002.
The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named it the auto corporation of the year in 2001. The National Minority Development Council selected Ford as its corporation of the year three times in the past four years.
"What seems to make Ford a little more unique is that they seem to be driven by a corporate philosophy that says they want to enrich the community by providing contracts or jobs in the community," said Armando Ojeda, executive director of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Southfield.
"Their suppliers create wealth by providing jobs and opportunities on the next tier level down."