Toyota’s Guiding Principles, Code of Conduct, and CSR Policy define the concept for respecting and honoring human rights of all people and other rights. In addition, the two pillars of the Toyota Way are “Continuous Improvement” and “Respect for People.” “Respect for People” refers to respect for all stakeholders as well as respect for the character and abilities of employees as individuals and facilitating personal achievement by linking the personal growth of employees to company performance.
In 2011, a Human Rights Working Group was established, comprised of various functions including corporate planning (now Corporate Affairs), overseas external affairs, audit, legal affairs, accounting, human resources， and purchasing planning. The group is researching various international norms and studying measures that Toyota should take. Based on the Group’s work, we continuously reinforce and review various CSR measures relating to human rights and labor.
Toyota undertakes business with a strong awareness that violations of human rights, environmental degradation, unlawful mining, and other issues in these conflict regions as well as the issue of minerals that provide sources of funding to armed groups through such actions are major social issues concerning the supply chain. We aim at procurement and usage that are free from conflict minerals originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country and that relate to illegal conduct including human rights infringement. For that purpose, Toyota will work together with parts suppliers, automotive industry organizations and other relevant organizations.
Toyota is dealing with these issues and has adopted Policies and Approaches to Conflict Minerals Issues—a set of guidelines the company is supposed to refer to in tackling conflict minerals issues. Meanwhile, the company revised the Toyota Supplier CSR Guidelines in 2012, asking its suppliers to engage in responsible material procurement.