• Toyota Motor Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer of cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs, makes forklifts and manufactured housing, and offers consumer financial services.
• Toyota deserved praise for pushing sales of its hybrid Prius.
• Toyota has realized a number of environmental initiatives including an assembly plant in France that is en route to achieving 100 percent industrial waste reduction and creating a wind-powered Toyota Logistic Services facility in Portland, Oregon.
• Toyota was involved in a 2005 lawsuit to block stricter greenhouse gas regulations in California, and the company has been embroiled in a handful of Clean Air Act violation lawsuits.
• Visit Go Green to learn how you can make environmentally friendly transportation choices.
-- Profile Updated 07/12/2010
Japanese company Toyota Motor Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer of cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs. Its models include the Camry, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Scion, and Lexus. Additionally, Toyota makes forklifts and manufactured housing, and offers consumer financial services. In fiscal 2006, Toyota employed 265,753 people and reported revenues of $178.7 billion.
Freedom From Oil
Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and the Ruckus Society are the sponsors of the Freedom From Oil campaign, asking auto makers to fight environmental degradation by producing the fuel efficient cars of the future. Consumers are encouraged to send the message to major car producers that there is a healthy demand for fuel efficient and hybrid cars. Ford is the primary target of the campaign, but major auto companies such as General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Chrysler are being asked to achieve an average fleet fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon by 2010.
Airflite Inc. (Subsidiary) - Long Beach, CA
- Bauda A/S - Drammen, Norway
- Bodine Aluminum Inc. (Division) - Saint Louis, MO
Bodine Aluminum Inc. (Division) - Saint Louis, MO
- Calty Design Research, Inc. - Newport Beach, CA
- Canadian Autoparts Toyota, Inc. - Delta, Canada
- Chuo Seiki Corporate Services - Torrance, CA
- Daihatsu (UK) Ltd. - West Bromwich, United Kingdom
- Daihatsu Australia Pty. Ltd. - Riverwood, Australia
- Daihatsu Belgium S.A. - Zaventem, Belgium
- Daihatsu Deutschland GmbH - Tonisvorst, Germany
- Daihatsu Deutschland GmbH - Vienna, Austria
- Daihatsu Diesel (America) Inc. - Hauppauge, NY
- Daihatsu Diesel (Europe) Ltd. - London, United Kingdom
- Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd. - Osaka, Japan
- Daihatsu Holland B.V. - Vianen, Netherlands
- Daihatsu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. - Shah Alam, Malaysia
- Daihatsu Motor (H.K.) Ltd. - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. - Osaka, Japan
- Daihatsu Motor Corporation, Ltd. - Ikeda, Japan
- Daihatsu-Phranakorn Motor Co., Ltd. - Bangkok, Thailand
- Hino Computer Systems Thailand Co. Ltd. - Bangkok, Thailand
- Hino Diesel Trucks (U.S.A.), Inc.-New York - Orangeburg, NY
- Hino Motor Sales (Canada) Ltd. - Mississauga, Canada
- Hino Motor Sales (Thailand) Limited - Bangkok, Thailand
- Hino Motor Sales Australia Pty. Ltd. - Taren Point, Australia
- Hino Motor Sales USA, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Corona, CA
- Hino Motor Sales USA, Inc. - Orangeburg, NY
- Hino Motors (Europe) N.V. - Mechelen, Belgium
- Hino Motors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
- Hino Motors Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. - Samut Prakan, Thailand
- Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Corona, CA
- Hino Motors Vietnam, Ltd. - Hanoi, Vietnam
- Hino Motors, Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
- Hinopak Motors Limited - Karachi, Pakistan
- Ho-Tai Motor Co. Ltd. - Taipei, Taiwan
- Kanto Auto Works, Ltd. - Yokosuka, Japan
- Kuozui Motors, Ltd. - Taipei, Taiwan
- Lexus Division (Division) - Torrance, CA
- N.V. Toyota Motor Europe Marketing & Engineering S.A. - Brussels, Belgium
- New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. - Fremont, CA
- P.T. Astra Daihatsu Motor - Jakarta, Indonesia
- P.T. Hino Motors Manufacturing - Purwakarta, Indonesia
- P.T. Toyota-Astra Motor - Jakarta, Indonesia
- Pilipinas Hino, Inc. - Manila, Philippines
- Siam Toyota Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - Bangkok, Thailand
- Siam Toyota Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - Chon Buri, Thailand
- T&K Autoparts Sdn. Bhd. - Shah Alam, Malaysia
- TABC, Inc. - Long Beach, CA
- Taiho Corporation of America, Inc. - Tiffin, OH
- Taiho Kogyo Co., Ltd - Toyota, Japan
- TAS Air Cargo USA Inc. (Branch) - Elk Grove Village, IL
- Tianjin Toyota Motor Engine Co., Ltd. - Tianjin, China
- Toyoda Boshoku Corporation - Kariya, Japan
- Toyota (GB) PLC - Epsom, United Kingdom
- Toyota Argentina S.A. - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd. - Kariya, Japan
- Toyota Auto Body Thailand Co., Ltd. - Samut Prakan, Thailand
- Toyota Autoparts Philippines, Inc. - Santa Cruz, Philippines
- Toyota Canada, Inc. - Scarborough, Canada
- Toyota Credit Canada, Inc. - Markham, Canada
- Toyota de Puerto Rico Corp. - San Juan, PR
- Toyota del Peru S.A. - Callao, Peru
- Toyota Deutschland GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Toyota do Brasil S.A., Industria e Comercio - Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
- Toyota Finance Australia Ltd. - Sydney, Australia
- Toyota Finance Finland Oy - Vantaa, Finland
- Toyota Financial Services (UK) PLC - Epsom, United Kingdom
- Toyota Financial Services - Auckland, New Zealand
- Toyota France S.A. - Vaucresson, France
- Toyota Ireland - Dublin, Ireland
- Toyota Kreditbank GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Toyota Leasing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. - Bangkok, Thailand
- Toyota Leasing GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Toyota Motor (China) Ltd. - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Toyota Motor Corporation - Long Beach, CA
- Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Pty. Ltd. - Caringbah, Australia
- Toyota Motor Corporation, Australia Ltd. (TMCA) - Melbourne, Australia
- Toyota Motor Credit Corp. - Torrance, CA
- Toyota Motor Finance (Netherlands) B.V. - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Toyota Motor Finland Oy - Vantaa, Finland
- Toyota Motor Hungary Kft. - Budapest, Hungary
- Toyota Motor Insurance Corp. VT - Torrance, CA
- Toyota Motor Insurance Services - Torrance, CA
- Toyota Motor Italia S.p.A. - Rome, Italy
- Toyota Motor Management Services Singapore Pte. Ltd. - Singapore, Singapore
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. - Burnaston, United Kingdom
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. - Cambridge, Canada
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky - Georgetown, KY
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America - Erlanger, KY
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana - Princeton, IN
- Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. - Manila, Philippines
- Toyota Motor Poland Company, Ltd. Sp zoo - Warsaw, Poland
- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. - Torrance, CA
- Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. - Samut Prakan, Thailand
- Toyota Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd. - Hanoi, Vietnam
- Toyota Motorsport GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Toyota New Zealand Ltd. - Palmerston North, New Zealand
- Toyota Norge A/S - Drammen, Norway
- Toyota South Africa Limited - Sandton, South Africa
- Toyota Sweden AB - Sundbyberg, Sweden
- Toyota Technical Center, China (Chengdu) - Chengdu, China
- Toyota Technical Center, China (Shenyang) - Shenyang, China
- Toyota Technical Center, China (Tianjin) - Tianjing, China
- Toyota Technical Center, U.S.A., Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI
- Toyota Textile Machinery Corp. in U.S.A. - Charlotte, NC
- Toyota Tsusho Corporation - Nagoya, Japan
- Toyotasa A.S. - Istanbul, Turkey
- TRD USA Inc. - Costa Mesa, CA
- UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhn. - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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In a report released by the National Labor Committee (NLC) Toyota was found to have committed serious human rights violations. Some of the accusations include: unpaid overtime and overworking employees, sometimes, as in the case of one Japanese man, to death; ties to the brutal military regime in Burma; links to human trafficking and sweatshop use in its auto parts supply chain.
-- National Labor Committee, 06/18/2008
Source URL: www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=562
Toyota has announced plans to test a plug-in hybrid car, which will save 40 percent in fuel costs compared to the Prius, its hybrid model currently on the market. Eight plug-in hybrids will be tested in Japan and then Europe and the U.S.
Plug-in hybrids have batteries that power an electric motor as well as an internal combustion engine that gets put in use if the batteries run lows. This means that on short trips plug-in hybrids will emit no exhaust because they will be entirely powered by their electric motors. For longer trips, plug-ins will operate like regular hybrid cars. Toyota is the first Japanese car company to have plug-in hybrids for use in Japan. In the U.S., Ford and GM are also developing plug-in hybrids.
-- Wall Street Journal, 07/26/2007
The European Federation for Transport and Environment examined the progress car brands made in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in a report entitled, “How Clean is Your Car Brand?” In 1998, members of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (Acea) pledged to reduce the average CO2 emissions for new cars to 0.43 pounds per mile within 10 years. According to the report, Toyota is not on track to meet the CO2 reduction goal. T&E commended Toyota for their fuel efficient hybrid technology but noted that “ultimately it is fleet-wide emissions reductions that count, not the introduction of a few models that perform much better than average.”
-- European Federation for Transport and Environment, 10/25/2006
The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions. The State’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit against General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, and Nissan for damaging the state’s weather, economy, and public health. Attorney General Bill Lockyer, filing the suit, stated: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act. It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis.”
-- Green Consumer Guide, 09/22/2006
Source URL: www.greenconsumerguide.com/index.php?news=3272
Environmental advocacy organization, Environmental Defense, authored a report called “Global Warming on the Road” which sheds light on automobiles' contributions to global warming. Automobiles emit roughly 10 percent of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, the main form of greenhouse gas pollution. The Environmental Defense found that in 2004, vehicles manufactured by Toyota emitted 27 carbon emissions (MMTc), just above that from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Toyota is the fourth leading automobile company in MMTc, accounting for 9 percent of the industry’s total MMTc.
-- Environmental Defense, 06/22/2006
A 2006 report by national network of environmentalists and investors Ceres titled "Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection," details a comprehensive measurement of how 100 leading global companies are responding to global warming. Through an evaluation of board oversight, management performance, public disclosure, emissions accounting, and strategic performance, to address climate change, the companies were evaluated on a 0 to 100 scale. Toyota scored a total of 65 points.
-- CERES, 03/01/2006
In early 2005, Nissan, Honda and Toyota were among top auto makers initiating a lawsuit to block California laws aimed at cutting 30 percent of the state's greenhouse gases from new automobiles by 2016. Japanese environmental groups appealed to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to pressure auto makers to drop the lawsuit.
-- Union of Concerned Scientists, 02/16/2005
In March 2003, the Department of Justice and the Environment Protection Agency finalized a settlement of the government's lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation for Clean Air Act violations involving 2.2 million vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 1998. The United States alleged Toyota sold 2.2 million vehicles which were different from those described in its application for Certificates of Conformity, which allow vehicles to be legally sold if they meet Clean Air Act emission standards. Toyota was ordered to spend $20 million to re-design 3,000 public diesel fleet vehicles to make them run cleaner. The company was also ordered to accelerate its compliance with certain new emission control requirements, and pay a $500,000 civil penalty.
-- Environment Protection Agency, 03/07/2003
In March 2002 Toyota agreed to pay $7.9 million to settle a lawsuit with California over smog- control equipment on thousands of cars registered in the state. Under the terms of the settlement, Toyota acknowledges no wrongdoing but agrees to pay millions to state clean-air programs and hasten the introduction of low-polluting, advanced-technology cars. The agreement also reverses an earlier order by the California Air Resources Board for a massive recall of cars in California but leaves pending a similar lawsuit brought by U.S. regulators who alleged 2.2 million cars nationwide may be polluting the air without the auto owners' knowledge.
-- Los Angeles Times, 03/06/2002
Ethics and Governance
In May 2001, executives from Toyota met with the Reverend Jesse Jackson after Jackson threatened to organize a boycott of the company because of a series of advertisements he claimed were racially insensitive. The advertisements consisted of a postcard depicting an African-American male sporting a gold tooth inlay in the shape of Toyota's RAV4 sport utility vehicle. Jackson claimed the advertisement was based on a stereotypical depiction of black men. The company stated the ad was designed to reach a "youthful hip audience through an edgy style statement,'' similar to tattoos and body piercing. In response, Toyota pledged in August to commit nearly $8 billion over the next ten years to "diversify its work force and reach out to more minority suppliers and customers."
-- New York Times, 08/10/2001
Toyota Motor Sales USA scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/17/2007
Source URL: www.hrc.org/issues/ceihome.asp
Toyota received a "C+" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report. The grade reflects a measurement of corporate America's commitment to the African American citizenry and other people of color. Companies were surveyed for their activity in employment, vendor development and contracting, advertising and marketing, dealerships and philanthropy.
-- NAACP, 07/15/2007
In May 2006, Hideaki Otaka, chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America stepped down shortly after a sexual harassment lawsuit filed on May 3 by Sayaka Kobayashi. The lawsuit claimed Otaka manipulated travel and work schedules so they were alone together, had her accompany him to social functions, and groped her several times. Kobayashi stated that as a result of her reports of Otaka’s inappropriate conduct, she was removed from her job.
-- Guardian, 05/10/2006
Health and Safety
Toyota Corp. in February of 2010 reported that they started the process of fixing millions of vehicles affected by a sticking accelerator pedal problem. Toyota dealers will have extended opening hours to make sure their customers get service as soon as possible.
According to Toyota, the cause of the problem is now clear; it's due to either the gas pedal sticking or an issue with floor mats. To fix the problem, Toyota is inserting a steel reinforcement that should reduce friction and prevent the gas pedal from sticking. This new device is being thoroughly tested, according to Toyota Corp.
-- Wall Street Journal, 02/01/2010