Ford has embraced a number of progressive policies in recent years, promoting gender diversity in its executive ranks, expanding its parental leave policy, promoting LGBTQ equality, and celebrating and recognizing the role minorities have played in its success. Now, Ford bylaws have been amended to adopt gender-neutral job titles as the automaker works toward a more inclusive workplace, according to a new report from Reuters.
More specifically, Ford bylaws were changed so that the title “chair” will take the place of “chairman.” The change comes on the heels of several similar moves from a number of organizations and even the federal government, while many social media platforms now allow users to select their preferred pronouns as well.
Ford has been recognized several times in recent years as one of the best places to work including by the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) LGBTQ Equality report and Corporate Equality Index, the latter of which it has earned excellent scores on for nearly two decades now. The organization recognizes companies annually based on the adoption of nondiscrimination policies, for having employee resource groups or diversity councils, and for engaging in public activities that support inclusion.
This, coupled with Ford’s efforts to promote diversity within its corporate ranks and the rest of its workforce are key in an industry that has long been male-dominated. The automaker has recently been recognized for its efforts to increase the number of minorities that pursue careers in engineering, as well as tout the fact that a custom Ford Mustang Mach-E recently became the first-ever Blue Oval vehicle assembled 100 percent by women at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico, including the engine and transmission, which were assembled at the Ford Chihuahua Engine Plant and Irapuato Transmission Plant.