What are Global 500 awards?

This organization is implemented by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  It acknowledges people and groups that made achievements in protecting and improving the environment. Global 500 prizes finished at the end of 2003.

Toyota received the Global 500 Award in 1999, in recognition of a number of corporate activities, such as the world's first mass-production and sales of hybrid vehicles. Toyota became the first Japanese corporation to receive the award.