Johannesburg, 13 September 2010 – Last week over two hundred Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) employees contributed 1 900 hours in community service as part of Global Week of Caring (GWC), Ford’s annual worldwide corporate social responsibility program.
Now in its fifth year, GWC gathers thousands of Ford employees on six continents to spend a week working on projects that meet the needs of people in their local communities. Ford volunteers spent the week from 4 to 11 September working on community projects to make a tangible difference to their surrounding areas.
More than 8,000 Ford employee volunteers registered in over two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, to create a better world by feeding the hungry, renovating schools and repairing shelters on six continents. Caring for our environment is another important focus, and Ford volunteers also are on the job protecting critical water resources and planting trees.
In South Africa, employees spent time on projects including a company wide clean-up campaign that stretched all the way in and around the Silverton Assembly Plant, and the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. They painted ablution facilities at a nearby school in Eesterust, did maintenance work and spent time with children at a school for the disabled in Port Elizabeth. Other projects included the cleaning of waterways and removal of invader plants at an endangered wildlife nature reserve in Bronkhorspruit, Pretoria.
“The response to this year’s call to action has been phenomenal,” says Jeff Nemeth, FMCSA president and CEO. “The departments have come out in droves to support the cause for a better South Africa.”
“Ford employees are dedicated to building vehicles that meet the needs of our customers. They bring that same commitment and energy to helping people in the communities where they live and work,” continued Nemeth. “We are fortunate to have the resources and the people to make a difference.”
“Ford’s legacy of caring goes back to the company’s founding more than 100 years ago and it is gratifying to see this generation of employees embrace that history with their eyes on the future. We are One Ford in any language, and proud of our contributions to creating a better world,” concluded Nemeth.