|Realization of a Sustainable Society
is my honor and pleasure to announce the publication of Toyota's Environmental
& Social Report 2003. Toyota has been releasing environmental reports
since 1998 as a tool for disclosing information to the public and
promoting the firm establishment of environmental management within
the company. Since the very first Environmental Report, Toyota has
made the environment a top-priority management issue. In the Global
Vision 2010 announced last year, Toyota's endeavor to be a leader
of global regeneration is defined as an absolute prerequisite to maintain
the support of its many customers around the world in the 21st century
amidst the advent of a recycling-oriented society.
In the past five years Toyota has achieved a number of significant
results, including expansion of its hybrid and ultra-low emissions
vehicle lineup, limited marketing of fuel cell hybrid vehicles, realization
of zero landfill waste, achievement of the FY2005 goal of 5% reduction
in CO2 emissions compared to 1990 levels, advancement of recyclable
designs, and introduction of consolidated environmental management
Toyota is not, however, completely satisfied with the current situation.
It is important to review every detail of Toyota's activities throughout
the world from an environmental perspective, while at the same time
scrutinizing environmental action taken over the entire product lifecycle—from
development and design to production, use, and disposal—and constantly
ensuring that the highest levels of environmental management are implemented
in every region and area of activity.
By balancing our social and economic initiatives, in addition to
thorough implementation of the above-mentioned environmental management,
Toyota hopes to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
Currently, the world population is said to be approximately 6.1 billion
people, whereas the number of automobiles is 740 million. Although
there is developing automobile use in many regions of the world, those
who are able to enjoy the benefits of mobility still remain a minority.
Providing many more people with the convenience of automobiles as
a means of mobility will continue to be an important mission for automakers
in the 21st century.
Needless to say, however, the expansion of automobile use will have
a significant impact on the environment. In other words, there is
no future for the automotive industry without the promotion of environmental
technology. Toyota is convinced that only companies that succeed in
this area will be acceptable to society. The development of environment-related
technology is one of Toyota's key societal responsibilities. Each
Toyota employee should bear in mind that achieving concrete results
in this area is a fundamental aspect of Toyota's business activities.
President, Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman, Toyota Environmental Committee
|Environmental & Social Report 2003
year, Toyota has changed the title of its environmental report to
Environmental & Social Report in line with an expansion of the scope
of information included.
In FY2002, Toyota's main environmental achievements were the expansion
of the lineup of vehicles that comply with the government fleet standards
under the Law on Promoting Green Purchasing, the start of limited
marketing of fuel cell hybrid vehicles, a reduction in combustible
waste to one-third of 1990 levels, the start of test operation at
the ASR Recycling and Recovery Pilot Plant, incorporation of research
results from the Automobile Recycle Technical Center into vehicles,
and the creation of systems to promote consolidated environmental
management that includes promotion of risk management focusing on
This year's report also describes Toyota's activities from a social
aspect, with respect to stakeholders, including customers, society,
suppliers and employees. It explains Toyota's management principles
and thinking on compliance as well as providing information on economic
Although the topics addressed in this report are by no means exhaustive
of Toyota's corporate responsibility toward society, they will enable
readers to gain a deeper understanding of Toyota's thinking about
corporate social responsibility, particularly concerning the environment,
and some of the specific actions that have been taken to fulfill those
In the future, Toyota plans to continue enhancing disclosure of
information concerning both the environmental and social aspects of
its activities. Toyota looks forward to receiving your open and honest
opinions concerning this report and its content.
Executive Vice President,
Member of the Board in Charge of Environmental Issues,
Toyota Motor Corporation