Ford has issued its 10th annual 'Sustainability Report' which it says provides a comprehensive look at the company's progress on environmental and social issues over the past year.

The 2008/2009 reported entitled "Blueprint for Sustainability: Our Future Works" updates the company's progress in key areas of climate change, fuel economy, mobility, vehicle safety and human rights.

In particular, the report charts efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the company's products and facilities.

Among the highlights, Ford says it remains on track to reach its goal to reduce by 30% the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its new US and European vehicles by 2020, compared to the 2006 model year.

"Our economic and environmental goals are aligned. In fact, we believe that the best way for us to be more profitable is to make our business and products more sustainable," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.

Included in the report are sections dealing with climate change that summarise the company's progress toward its CO2 reduction goal, its approach to climate change policy, vehicle and fuel and technologies to achieve improved fuel economy for Ford products, the company's accelerated electrification strategy, human rights initiatives and how the One Ford plan is addressing the economic challenges facing the industry today.

"We recognise these issues are increasingly important to our stakeholders, including our customers, investors and business partners," said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. "We want them to understand that we will continue to pursue our sustainability agenda despite very challenging economic conditions."

In the interest of the environment as well as cost savings, Ford says it has elected not to do a traditional print version of the report. The full report is available online at www.ford.com/go/sustainability.