Ford Motor Co. will become the first U.S. automaker to require ISO 14001 certification, a standard that gauges environmental processes and performance, from all of its suppliers with manufacturing facilities. Specifically, suppliers must certify at least one manufacturing site as ISO14001 by the end of 2001 and all manufacturing sites shipping products to Ford by July 1, 2003. The requirement follows Ford's announcement in December that all of its plants were ISO 14001 certified — a total of ...

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