Since 2002, Toyota had established regional environment committees as part of efforts to promote concrete environmental initiatives by overseas affiliates and to enhance global structures. At committee meetings, managers confirm status of actions based on the fiscal year policies in procurement, production, logistics, sales and other areas in the presence of executives from each region, convey examples of the improvement across areas and discuss responses to the environmental issues in regions.
In FY2009, Toyota explained the TMC Fifth Toyota Environmental Action Plan (FY2011- FY2015) to each region, and requested them to make a plan. Toyota continues to further enhance global environmental actions in cooperation with Toyota and other regional environment committees.
As Toyota's business expands on a global scale, TMC introduced a consolidated environmental management system (consolidated EMS) in FY2000 to promote environmental action in concert with consolidated subsidiaries. TMC presents its environmental policies and guidelines to all companies subject to consolidated EMS, and requests that all companies adopt and implement five-year environmental action plans, create environmental management systems and undertake environmental activities at the highest levels in their each country or region. TMC also supports environmental management by affiliates through the sharing of best practices and exchanges of information to mutually strengthen relationships, as well as audit training, etc. The percentage of vehicles produced and sold by companies subject to consolidated EMS worldwide was 99% and 93% respectively.
Toyota's consolidated EMS covers a total of 561 companies. This includes not only all financially consolidated subsidiaries, but also major production companies, overseas distributors and other companies not subject to consolidated accounting. Specifically, companies subject to consolidated EMS fall into the following four major categories:
Note: TMC's requirements from companies not subject to consolidated accounting may vary according to region and the nature of business.