18 April, 2015, 12:00 am
The Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants program continue to empower individuals and non-profit groups to offer their time and expertise to preserve the environmental well-being of their communities.
The Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants program began in Britain in 1983 as the Henry Ford Conservation Awards and has evolved into one of the largest programs of its kind in the world.
By providing necessary funding and visibility, Ford hopes to encourage the multiplication of local, grassroots efforts that will serve as catalysts for change across the globe. Ford Motor Co is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations and providing ingenious solutions that contribute to a sustainable planet.
Over the years, the program has benefited hundreds of thousands of people and thousands of organisations in more than 60 countries in Europe, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and in Asia. Tens of thousands of projects guarding our environment have since been put to work.
Ford’s green initiative has seen support and praise from various governmental and non-governmental environmental authorities including the World Wide Fund for Nature and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Earlier this month Ford Motor Co and its local partner Shreedhar Motors Ltd awarded $US20,000 ($F41,229) to the Fiji Council of Social Services and Fiji Coral Conservation as recipients of the 2015 Ford conservation and environmental grants program.
Ford’s Asia Pacific emerging markets sales director Craig Phipps said they previously awarded $US12,000 ($F24,737) to only one organisation but increased the grant this year as well as the number of recipients.
The two organisations would split the grant.
“We’ve actually been involved with the conservation grant since 1983 in 60 countries so we are rolling it out to the South Pacific because we are bigger in the Pacific and we’d like to give something back to the community,” Mr Phipps said.
He said the conservation and environment program was a passion for the company.
“In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing environmental initiatives and the conservation and environmental grants program has become an annual event in markets ranging from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Cambodia to Laos, Myanmar and Mongolia.”
Shreedhar Motors Ltd national sales and marketing manager Jagdish Chand said this was their second award presentation.