An Open Letter to the President of the Ford Motor Company of Canada

Publisher:  Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1979  
Pages:  3  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX1016

The Ford Motor Company of Canada is the parent company of Ford South Africa. Through Ford South Africa, Ford of Canada sells vehicles to the South African Military and police. The taskforces on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility (TCCR) sees this practice as a reinforcement of the status quo in South Africa, and as a statement in favour of apartheid.

Abstract:  The Ford Motor Company of Canada is the parent company of Ford South Africa. Through Ford South Africa, Ford of Canada sells vehicles to the South African Military and police. The taskforces on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility (TCCR) sees this practice as a reinforcement of the status quo in South Africa, and as a statement in favour of apartheid.

TCCR's letter to the President of Ford of Canada outlines the reasons why the continuing sale of its vehicles in South Africa is supportive of a government practicing apartheid. This action by Ford reinforces the repression of human rights in South Africa. On this basis, TCCR calls for a complete halt to this sales practice of Ford.

Ford has expressed an unwillingness to stop these sales. The Taskforce argues that "the human cost of the company's decision is too great a price to pay." The action by Ford further neutralized the condemnation of apartheid in South Africa, and refutes the argument that foreign investment in South Africa will lead to the abolition of apartheid.

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