Since its foundation, Toyota has continuously strived to contribute to the sustainable development of society through the manufacture and provision of innovative and quality products and services that lead the times. Motor vehicles greatly expand the freedom of mobility, but impact society and the environment in various ways.
Always bearing this in mind, we listen carefully to our customers and the local community as we pursue a business that works towards harmony with people, society, and the global environment, as well as the realization of a sustainable society through monozukuri (manufacturing).
We strive for sustainable growth by providing society with values such as “Safety and Peace of Mind,” “Environmental Sustainability” and “Waku-doki (excitement and exhilaration that wows you)” through our business activities. Toyota established the Corporate Planning Meeting and the Corporate Governance Meeting to promote these activities from a long-term and company-wide perspective.
Toyota is proceeding in cooperation with global society to carry out initiatives that contribute to sustainable development of society and the earth through all its business activities.
Regarding the environment, Toyota has been taking various initiatives under the banner of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, with the goal of helping solve global environmental issues, such as climate change, water shortage, resource depletion, and dwindling biodiversity, which are commanding high levels of interest globally.
Contributing to the environment is one of the most important management issues for Toyota. As part of these initiatives, Toyota is aiming to not only contribute to realization of the goal of keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2˚C, which was agreed in the Paris Agreement, but also taking steps that will have positive impact on the environment.
Also regarding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which went into effect in January 2016, Toyota plans to capitalize on its strength to help solve global social issues, for example, by taking actions to address climate change (goal 13), working to reduce traffic casualties (goal 3), and also building sustainable cities and communities and improving mobility (goal 11)
Since its foundation to the present day, Toyota has handed down the “Five Main Principles of Toyoda” which embody the thinking of the founder of the Toyota Group, Sakichi Toyoda, and are the basis of the corporate management philosophy. In 1992, in response to changes in society and business structure, Toyota established the Guiding Principles (revised in April 1997) to clarify how Toyota is expected to be, based on the recognition that strong policies are important for finding the way to proceed, especially when the environment surrounding us is drastically changing.
In 2011, Toyota adopted “Toyota Global Vision,” which is based on the Guiding Principles at Toyota. In order to achieve this vision, a medium- to long-term management plan is drafted and Toyota works toward achieving the goals specified in the plan.
Toyota’s CSR policy was an interpretation of the Guiding Principles at Toyota with a focus on relationships with stakeholders (established in January 2005, revised in August 2008). Toyota aims to become a company that is admired and trusted by society through ensuring that all employees recognize and act on our CSR Policy. We also share this policy with our consolidated subsidiaries, make a point of putting it into practice together, and expect our business partners to embrace its spirit and act in accordance with it as well.
In addition, we participated in the formulation of and observe the standards outlined in the Charter of Corporate Behavior of the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Foundation), an alliance of leading Japanese corporations.