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Accelerating and Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in All Aspects of our Business

Posted: 2/12/2018 1:34:00 PM

Being a world-class leader in diversity and fostering an inclusive culture is an essential business driver grounded in the pillars of The Toyota Way — Respect for People and Continuous Improvement. At Toyota, we have a long-held commitment to Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), reflective of our communities and our customers’ expectations.

We celebrate diversity in everything we do, understanding that the diversity of our people and their perspectives are essential to our success. We also believe it’s the right thing to do.

That’s why we are putting the pedal down even further, accelerating our D&I efforts to grow the success of our customers, team members, dealers, business partners and the communities we serve. We’re making the workplace, marketplace, society and the world a better place by living what we value — equality, respect and inclusive treatment of all people and increased awareness of conscious and unconscious discrimination.

“Our goal of achieving mobility for all is possible only through our renewed commitment to diversity and inclusion,” says Stephen Lewis, TFS Corporate Manager for Diversity and Inclusion. “Embracing the differences among us – in life experience, perspective, background, race, ethnicity, and gender – make us better people, a more competitive company, and a stronger community partner.”

New resources are available to help you get to know D&I at Toyota including what we stand for, our commitments and real-world stories of D&I coming to life. You’ll read about TFS’ commitment to providing financial literacy education to Girl Scouts and the story of Tina Watson, a team member in TMNA HR who grew up in a culturally and economically diverse environment in Chicago determined to explore every avenue toward becoming a better global citizen — and did thanks to her Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Fellow Scholarship sponsored by Toyota in partnership with Rainbow PUSH.

You’ll also discover the good work happening at Red McCombs Toyota in San Antonio, Texas, led by GM Blake George, who is doing his part and then some to show customers that Toyota products are designed to meet the diverse needs of all our customers — including those with disabilities. Over 18 million adults live with mobility issues in the United States alone, and Toyota is the only automobile manufacturer offering a factory-installed, power-rotating lift-up passenger auto access seat for the Toyota Sienna. Blake has gone the extra mile by displaying the Sienna’s one-touch operated auto access seat in the showroom to demonstrate that Toyota designs products to reflect the diverse needs of all its customers.

Team Member Resources

  • View the new Toyota D&I brochure (provided below), and check out the updated content on Toyota.com and My Toolbox.
  • Watch our new video from Chris Reynolds and Mike Groff on why D&I is so important to our mobility strategy.
  • You can also get involved by joining a Toyota Business Partnering Group (BPG) — a volunteer group of team members who come together with a common interest. BPG activities include networking events and community outreach efforts. Click here to learn more about Toyota BPGs.

Stay tuned over the coming months as we continue to share more incredible stories and tales of how our fellow team members, dealers, suppliers are making a difference for our customers and the communities in which we live — including a full D&I Annual Report coming this spring.

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