Toyota Motor North America’s Environmental Mission states our commitment to minimizing environmental impacts and promoting positive environmental change. The mission represents our regional take on Toyota’s global Earth Charter and is aligned with Toyota’s Global Vision and Guiding Principles (see Toyota’s global website).
As part of our environmental materiality assessment for North America, we evaluated the relative significance of the environmental topics facing us in the region as well as the importance of these topics to our stakeholders. We considered both current and expected future conditions. We performed this analysis as One Toyota: Manufacturing, sales and logistics, and R&D all participated.
We performed our first “One Toyota” environmental materiality assessment in 2012. Each year since, we have confirmed through a streamlined assessment that four core focus areas 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.
During fiscal year 2016, we performed an in-depth materiality assessment of current and future conditions to guide the development of our 2017-2021 environmental action plan. We will publish the results of that assessment in next year’s report. Please see Looking Ahead for more information on our plans for the future.
Environmental Action Plan
This environmental action plan reflects the first time Toyota’s 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 creation of One Toyota, in terms of consolidating both physical office locations and departments and aligning strategies, has been a huge undertaking for us and will continue to be a major focus over the next fiscal year.
The Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Environmental Sustainability (ES) department reports to the North American Executive Committee and serves as the chief environmental body representing Toyota entities in North America. ES, in cooperation with the Toyota North American Executive Environmental Committee (which is comprised of members from the Executive Committee), establishes activities and provides one voice for appropriate responses to environmental sustainability issues in North America. The ES department’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.
TMNA ES facilitates an Advisory Board and Working Group as a coordinating mechanism across the organization. Both are comprised of environmental experts and representatives from various divisions:
- Research and Development
- Product Support
- Administration (includes Regulatory Affairs and Legal)
- Social Innovation
- Compliance and Audit
- Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI)
This report contains information from these divisions. Representatives from these divisions also participate in focus groups that concentrate on a particular environmental issue (such as water or biodiversity). These focus groups report to the Environmental Sustainability 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 among team members and external stakeholders.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2050
In October 2015, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, a set of six challenges that go beyond zero environmental impact to achieve a net positive impact on society. These six challenges were developed after extensive research and consultations between TMC and the Toyota regions (including North America) and, over the next 35 years, they will direct Toyota’s efforts toward sustainable development.
As a key step toward achieving these long-term goals, TMC announced its Sixth Environmental Action Plan (EAP) for fiscal years 2017 to 2021. TMC’s global challenges and EAP serve as guides for the regions, who have developed their own action plans with targets specific to regional conditions. In North America, our action plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021 aligns with both TMC’s Sixth EAP and the six challenges, and puts us on a path to meeting, and in some cases going beyond, the challenges put forth by our parent company. We look forward to sharing our first year of progress against this new plan in next year’s report. We are also building a regional strategy to 2050 and look forward to sharing details of that with you next year as well.