DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TURNS THE KEY
At Toyota, we believe continued growth toward a more inclusive culture is necessary for business success. Our customers, business partners and employees should see themselves represented in our workforce, in our marketing campaigns, in our dealerships, in the communities we serve and the organizations we support.
Our commitment to diversity is part of every area of our business. Everything we do is rooted in two fundamental principles: respect for people and continuous improvement. Our appreciation for diversity is a direct result of respect for our employees, business partners and customers we serve.
To help unify the diversity efforts of all Toyota U.S. affiliates and to formalize objectives, Toyota created the Toyota 21st Century Diversity Strategy in 2001. The multi-billion dollar strategic investment encompasses human resources, procurement, minority advertising, dealership development, community support and strategic oversight. As a result, Toyota has made strong progress, including more than doubling its annual spending with diverse suppliers, increasing the number of ethnic minority and women owned dealerships and increasing our philanthropic giving to organizations that serve diverse populations. In addition, people of color now represent nearly 30 percent of Toyota's U.S. employment.
An important component of Toyota’s commitment is the company’s external Diversity Advisory Board, which is comprised of some of the America's most recognized leaders in the fields of diversity, public policy, economic development and community relations.