‘We may forsake some amount of return for future generations’: Auto industry’s Ford Foundation divesting millions from fossil fuels
The Ford Foundation, one of the largest U.S. private foundations, will divest millions from the fossil fuels that historically powered the gas auto engines responsible for seeding the charitable endeavor.
The foundation, which has a $16 billion endowment, said Monday it will invest its energy portfolio in alternative and renewable energy and funds that “address the threat of climate change, and support the transition to a green economy.”
In 1936, Edsel Ford — son of Henry, the founder of the Ford Motor Co.F — established the Ford Foundation with an initial gift of $25,000. Ford Motor itself has sensed a market opportunity in the electrical-vehicle space, creating an EV version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck, which it calls the Lightening.
Nonprofits, companies and governments are facing pressure from investors and other stakeholders in the fight to slow climate change, especially ahead of the U.N. climate arm’s ambitious reconvening of global powers in Glasgow in early November. Renewal of emissions-cutting pledges and financial assistance to developing nations are top on the agenda.
“As with any significant decision in a dynamic organization, this choice did not come without trade-offs,” Ford Foundation President Darren Walker said in a statement.