ADVOCATING FOR SUPPLIER DIVERSITY GROWTH
The joint-venture auto plant project between Mazda and Toyota is bringing a wave of supply chain investment to northern Alabama. Since the $1.6 billion auto plant was announced for Huntsville in 2018, several suppliers — many of them with Japanese roots — have announced their own projects in the vicinity. Five of them represent $440 million in capital investment around Huntsville, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Every aspect of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA’s (MTMUS) business must closely reflect our customers’ diverse backgrounds and experiences, including our team members, suppliers and business partners.”
Vice President of Administration, MTMUS
DID YOU KNOW?
As part of celebrating Opportunity Exchange’s 30th anniversary, Toyota created OE Talks, an audio education series designed to help diverse suppliers learn more about Toyota Supplier Diversity Tiers, as well as have access to resources and education surrounding how to maximize their opportunities.
In the three decades since the first Toyota Opportunity Exchange (OE) launch, the industry has increasingly become more competitive and complex. Toyota recognized many years ago the importance and value of positioning diversity and inclusion as a strategic business priority across all aspects of its business operations.
WHY Mentoring Matters
Toyota invests in our people’s growth through a wide variety of development programs and opportunities so that each and every team member is empowered to reach his or her full potential.Read Full Story
The 3 E’s
DID YOU KNOW?
The representation of business owners mentored through the Toyota Mentorship Program for Small and Diverse Businesses is 62% women and 38% men.
The Toyota Mentorship Program (TMP) for Small and Diverse Businesses aims to help businesses that may lack the technical expertise or skills to compete more effectively in their given market. To help bridge that gap, TMP partnered with several organizations such as the Women’s Business Council — Southwest, Women’s Business Enterprise Council — West, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Plano Chamber of Commerce to identify new mentees for the program.
“Since moving to North Texas, one of our goals was to develop and sustain a presence in the communities where we live, work and play,” said Tim Yamada, Supplier Diversity Manager for TFS Indirect Procurement Shared Services.
Since 2015, TMP has mentored 35 small and diverse businesses. The program has helped to increase D+I awareness throughout the enterprise due in large part to executive leaders that have participated in the program. In 2019, the program was selected for the Akio Toyoda Global Presidential Award.
TutorMate Program Drives Reading Success in South Dallas Schools
In the first year with nearly 50 Toyota tutors plus a Toyota4Good grant, J.N Ervin students improved their reading by two levels and achieved a “Meet Standards” rating
In the second year with three additional South Dallas Schools and additional grant funding, students surpassed the previous year’s reading level
Teachers report TutorMate students:
• Increased reading proficiency by 77%
• Improved student confidence by 72%
• Fostered a greater love of reading by 63%
DID YOU KNOW?
LIDER (Latinos Interested in Development Education & Ready to Grow) is a grass-roots development effort launched in February 2019 with expert facilitator Dr. Robert Rodriguez, author of Latino Talent and Auténtico. The workshop focused on topics such as The Latino Identity in the Workplace, Authentic Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, and Personal Brand and Executive Presence. Over 90% of members who completed the workshop stated it met or exceeded their expectations.
MENTORING AND MAKING AN IMPACT
Toyota Social Innovation, in partnership with TODOS BPG Members, launched a youth mentorship program for Pinkston High School students in West Dallas, a highly multicultural and underprivileged area of Dallas.
Since the E3 Toyota Youth Mentorship Program launch, mentors have volunteered over 400 hours to engage, empower and elevate students to develop skills necessary to thrive.
In the last year, Toyota has doubled the number of mentors to over 30 and been able to serve nearly twice as many mentees as the previous year. The success of the program wouldn’t be possible without all the TODOS BPG team members who generously give of their time to inspire students to start their impossible.
In just a couple of months, 274 interns and co-ops have joined our Toyota family across the country — all working toward one shared purpose: building the future of mobility. We can’t wait to see what you achieve!”
Rainbow Push Scholar and Project Planning & Management Team
DID YOU KNOW?
A few of our African American BPG team members recently volunteered at Roach Middle School, coaching and mentoring young men and sharing their college and career path stories. By helping students discover their interest in secondary education and STEM and skilled fields, Toyota is paving the way for the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.