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Ford Announces 2015 Conservation and Environmental Grants Recipient in Laos

• Ford selects Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality as the 2015 Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants recipient

• The organization will use a US$20,000 grant to provide scholarships for eight young people to further their education

• Grants programme demonstrates Ford’s deep commitment to contributing to communities in Laos, as part of its broader conservation and CSR programmes across Asia Pacific

VIENTIANE, Laos, Jan. 14th, 2016 – Ford Motor Company, together with its local partner, Lao Ford City, today awarded a US$20,000 grant to the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH). As the latest recipient of the annual Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants in Laos, LANITH will use the funds to serve both education and community needs, helping eight young people attain a high quality tourism education through the school’s scholarship program.

Tourism has a high potential to create employment opportunities in Laos, and research has shown the income generated by the industry can help to raise living standards and increase family income levels by up to 40 percent. LANITH, founded in 2008, has a Diploma program that responds to the needs of the tourism industry in Laos, with the aim of giving locals the opportunity to develop the skills and experience needed to access employment opportunities within the industry.

“We are very pleased to bring the grants to Laos again this year, for the 5 years running. We were impressed by how Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality’s proposal had the potential to positively impact Laos society by equipping eight young people with the knowledge and skills they need to build a successful future,” said David Loflin sales director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company. “Creating these opportunities is exactly what the Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants stands for, and is one of many ways that Ford goes further to improve the quality of life in the communities where we do business.”

“We are extremely proud to be this year’s Grant recipient and grateful to Ford for their support in helping us shape an industry that is vital to Laos’ future economic growth,” said Saysavath Chasane, Director, LANITH. “These eight scholarships will support our aim of helping students – regardless of their background – to gain new skills and the knowledge to work in Laos’ blossoming tourism and hospitality sector.”

The two announcements build on Ford and Lao Ford City’s shared commitment to positive community contributions, which also recently involved awarding the Sustainable Environmental & Social Development Association a grant to improve road safety in Laos.

Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme
Since launching the global grants programme in 1983, Ford has awarded grants to hundreds of environmental projects in 60 countries, spanning Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.

“Ford’s legacy of caring goes back to the company’s founding and the Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme is part of our commitment to build a better world, with a focus on community life, education and driver safety,” explained Loflin.

In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing environmental initiatives and the Conservation and Environmental Grants programme has become an annual event in markets ranging from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Myanmar and Mongolia to Tahiti and Fiji.

Ford Motor Company is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations and providing ingenious environmental solutions that contribute to a sustainable planet. Initiatives such as Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants programme evidence a commitment to encourage, support and reward the actions of individuals, groups and non-profit organisations in achieving the same goal.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Contact(s): Matt Moran
Ford AP Emerging Markets

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