Toyota North America's Environmental Mission (see FG1) states our commitment to minimizing environmental impacts and promoting environmental change.
This mission is deeply rooted in Toyota's Global Vision, Guiding Principles, and Earth Charter (see FG2). Toyota's Global Vision is founded on a commitment to quality, constant innovation, and respect for the planet. The Global Vision articulates the kind of company we strive to be — a company that shows consideration to the environment and investigates and promotes sustainable systems and solutions.
Toyota's values are outlined in the Guiding Principles and Earth Charter. The Guiding Principles challenge the company to "be a good corporate citizen," "dedicate ourselves to providing clean and safe products," and "pursue growth in harmony with the global community through innovative management." Environmental responsibility is key to each of these.
The Earth Charter was developed in 1992 (and revised in 2000) to exemplify our comprehensive approach to managing environmental issues. The Earth Charter instructs us to strive for "growth in harmony with nature," "zero emissions," and "building close and cooperative relationships" with a wide range of stakeholders interested in preserving the environment.
In 2012, we performed an environmental materiality assessment for North America. We evaluated the relative significance of the environmental topics facing us in the region. We also undertook to determine how important these topics are to our stakeholders. We considered both current and expected future conditions. This was the first time we performed this analysis as One Toyota: manufacturing, sales and logistics, and R&D all participated. The result of our assessment is shown in Figure 3.
In 2014, we confirmed through a streamlined assessment that four core areas of focus remain our top priorities: Carbon, Water, Materials, and Biodiversity. Within each of these core focus areas, we conduct Outreach activities with Suppliers and Dealers as well as other Stakeholders to expand our positive impacts. We believe focusing our efforts on core issues will ultimately make the most difference.
Our next materiality assessment will be an in-depth review of current and future conditions in order to guide the development of the fiscal year 2017-2021 environmental action plan.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PLAN
We are pleased with what this new consolidated environmental action plan represents. This is the first time the North American affiliates have come together and set targets as One Toyota. Instead of separate targets for manufacturing, R&D, and sales and logistics, our targets now cover over 85 assembly and unit plants, R&D sites, parts and vehicle distribution centers, and sales offices. The development of new metrics and new data tracking systems has been a huge accomplishment for us, and we are excited to share the first year of results with you.
In 2013, we formed the Toyota North American Environmental (TNAE) organization. TNAE reports to the North American Executive Committee and serves as the chief environmental body representing Toyota entities in North America. TNAE, in cooperation with the Toyota North American Environmental Committee (which is comprised of members from the Executive Committee), establishes activities and provides one voice for appropriate responses to environmental issues in North America. TNAE's primary responsibilities include setting policy and direction for the region, developing consolidated environmental action plan goals and targets, and developing the annual North American Environmental Report.
The TNAE organization includes an Advisory Board and an Environmental Working Group. Both are comprised of environmental experts and representatives from four of Toyota's North American companies:
- Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)
- Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA)*
- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS)
- Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI)
* TEMA includes both manufacturing and the Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota's North American research and development division.
This report contains information from these four companies. Representatives from these companies also participate in focus groups that concentrate on a particular environmental issue (such as water or biodiversity). These focus groups report to the Environmental Working Group and help develop and implement environmental action plan targets, develop strategies for the region, perform benchmarking and data gathering activities, and raise awareness.