Respect for the Planet is one of Toyota’s core values. We demonstrate this value by striving to go beyond carbon neutrality with our products, services and operations, and find new ways to make a positive impact on our planet and society.
Environmental Sustainability Focus Areas
In North America, we focus our efforts on four priority issues – Carbon, Water, Materials and Biodiversity – that align with Toyota's corporate global environmental strategy and span the vehicle life cycle. We also engage in outreach activities to promote awareness, develop strategic partnerships and share know-how, all to help build a more sustainable future.
Purchasing renewable electricity
Switching trucks and other transport to low carbon powertrains
Encouraging suppliers and dealers to reduce CO₂ emissions
Offering a portfolio of low carbon vehicles
Reducing the amount of water we use in production processes
Encouraging suppliers and dealers to reduce their water use
Working with nonprofit organizations to conserve water and educate people about water issues
Increasing the use of sustainable materials in vehicle parts
Reducing waste generation and increasing recycling
Managing chemicals safely and finding suitable alternatives
Encouraging suppliers and dealers to reduce their waste and recycle more
Planting pollinator gardens and native species on our sites
Working with suppliers and dealers to develop pollinator habitat
Partnering with nonprofit organizations to expand pollinator habitat and educate the public about biodiversity
MESSAGE FROM LEADERSHIP
“We remain committed to positively contributing to society, finding new ways to grow sustainably and reducing Toyota’s environmental footprint. Environmental sustainability is a core part of our DNA. We will continue to innovate and continuously improve to help build a better, smarter and more sustainable future for all. Please join us and let’s make a better planet”. –Ted Ogawa
Environmental Sustainability Governance
TMNA’s Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs (SRA) division handles product environmental and safety regulation, energy and climate research, environmental sustainability, enterprise chemical management, and engine certification and compliance. Separately, TMNA’s Environmental & Facilities (E&F) division handles facility environmental and safety regulatory compliance.
The Environmental Sustainability (ES) group within SRA is responsible for developing short-, medium- and long-term sustainability strategies for TMNA, including planning and target setting in alignment with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, which includes developing consolidated five-year environmental action plan goals and targets. ES is also responsible for developing the annual North American Environmental Report. ES reports progress on these activities to the North American Executive Committee (NAEC).
ES facilitates an Environmental Working Group as a coordinating mechanism for Toyota in North America. The group is comprised of environmental experts and representatives from various divisions:
• Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs
• Research and Development
• Corporate Communications
• Compliance and Audit
• Enterprise Strategy
• Real Estate Property Services
• Environmental & Facilities
• Parts Supply Chain Operations
• Manufacturing Engineering Division
• Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI)
Representatives from these divisions also participate in focus groups that concentrate on specific environmental issues, such as water or biodiversity. These focus groups report to the Environmental Sustainability Working Group and help implement environmental action plan targets, perform benchmarking and data gathering activities, and raise awareness among team members and external stakeholders.