I don’t care where you are in the world, people are aware of what technology is available to others. If you’re in Nairobi, you’re certainly aware of the iPhone.
A good company delivers excellent products and services, and a great company does all that and strives to make the world a better place.
Creating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals – they are both essential ingredients for long-term success
I never wanted Ford to be a place, like the tobacco industry, where our employees were not proud of coming to work for us. I felt there was a danger of that, should we be marginalized as a major polluter.
I believe fuel cells will finally end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine. . . Fuel cells could be the predominant automotive power source in 25 years.
I believe very strongly that corporations could and should be a major force for resolving social and environmental concerns in the twenty-first century.
I think the world is filled with so much hype and PR bull. Frankly, it all comes out in the end. Good or bad, I’d rather just let our accomplishments really speak for themselves.
One of the things I’ve had the advantage of, growing up and being close to the top management of this company and other companies for most of my life, is seeing how CEOs start to believe in their own infallibility. And that really scares me.
All things being equal, I think people would still prefer to do business with their hometown companies. That’s true in America, that’s true in China, that’s true in Germany.
Social obligation is much bigger than supporting worthy causes. It includes anything that impacts people and the quality of their lives .
I think I was the first executive to ever speak at a Greenpeace business conference, in London in 2001. That didn’t play well here at Ford, but I thought it was an important signal to send internally, that these were the kind of issues we needed to be grappling with.
As long as gas is cheaper than bottled water, we can’t be in a position of dictating to the consumer what to buy.