We believe that mobility goes well beyond cars. With our eyes to the future, we're setting our sights on an even greater mission of mobility for all. ‘Start Your Impossible’ is our call to action to make that vision a reality and inspire people to push onward―past their finish line, past their impossible. Because when we're free to move, anything is possible.
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Growing up, Laura and her family spent their summers working 12-14-hour days picking asparagus and zucchini as migrant workers. Driven to start her impossible, Laura focused on her studies, and through a Toyota-sponsored recruiting event at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, she was hired as a co-op at our manufacturing plant in San Antonio (TMMTX). At TMMTX, she immediately got involved with D&I through TODOS, Toyota’s Latino business partnering group, and since then, has represented Toyota at numerous speaking engagements, raising awareness and helping change perceptions about migrant workers. Now, as co-chair of TODOS, at our headquarters in Plano, Texas, Laura believes she “has a platform to fully express myself, and although ethnicity is certainly one part of diversity, true to The Toyota Way, it’s more about being inclusive. I feel my voice can make a difference.” http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQk7q
Nearly sixty-one years ago, Toyota began its American journey with a single facility in southern California. What started as a single store in a Rambler dealership has evolved into an American institution that continues to bring jobs, mobility, and technology to its communities. Today, Toyota encompasses a presence in every state, including our North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, 10 manufacturing facilities (14 in North America), nearly 1,500 Toyota and Lexus dealerships and 136,000 direct, dealer and supplier U.S. employees. Across the country, our team members work together to help the company embark on the next leg of our American journey as we strive to lead the future of mobility and continue to improve our products and services for our customers.
At Toyota, we have a long-held commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, reflective of the communities where we live, work and play. Our commitment to diversity doesn’t stop within Toyota. Just last week, team members across the Toyota family raised $40,000 and joined more than 2,500 cyclists at AIDS/Lifecycle — a 7 day, 545 mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Our Team Toyota cyclists are proving that when we’re free to move, anything is possible.
We’re honored to make the top 25 on the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list! This year marks our 11th year making the list for our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, in addition to our achievements in supplier diversity and our commitment to hiring LGBT and veteran team members.
“By partnering with influential organizations [like] the Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ equality and the Wounded Warrior Project for empowering veterans, we become better at supporting the needs of our employees and stronger allies to these communities,” – Mike Groff, President and CEO of Toyota Financial Services.
Our new R&D campus in York, Michigan, recycled 92 percent of waste generated during construction. That's 461 tons of material put to productive use instead of being deposited in a landfill! Our efforts to minimize waste and establish a recycling-based society are part of our Environmental Challenge 2050 – and our commitment to creating a net positive impact on the planet.
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More than 11 million gallons of water will be collected per year through our rainwater capture system installed at our headquarters campus in Plano, TX. The captured rainwater is used to irrigate the native Texas plants that make up our campus landscape. Our water conservation efforts support our Environmental Challenge 2050 and our commitment to building a better, smarter, more sustainable future.
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Jim Lentz, our Toyota North America CEO, developed his leadership style from a lesson he learned early on in his career. "Early in my career at Toyota, [my] district sales manager pulled me aside and said I was too soft on people. He wanted me to change my style and to motivate people with an iron fist. He gave me an ultimatum, on Monday, I would have to commit to making the change or find a new job. On Monday morning, I told my manager I had to be who I was and I couldn’t change that. He gave me two weeks to find another job, which I did at our corporate headquarters in California. It was a demotion and I took a pay cut, but in the end, I made the right choice. To succeed in your career—or as a company—you have to stay true to yourself and your foundational values."
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Meet Lindsey, a quality engineer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, and one of our inspiring team members who are helping to shape the future of Toyota. “What I love most is working with the people here, we all have one common goal, and that goal is to make a great vehicle for our customers. [We’re] doing it as a team, so it’s all for one and one for all, we rock for each other and we rock for Toyota.”
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Here’s to the change-makers and the trail-blazers, the dreamers and the doers. We'll be sharing inspirational stories of our epic women leaders for Women’s History Month (WHM). First up – Susan Elkington, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky’s (TMMK)1st female president. Watch her share her story at our WHM Kickoff from TMMK.