Where The Road Began

It’s no coincidence that the spirit of Toyota’s founder, Sakichi Toyoda, is very much alive in every aspect of our business today.

A visionary who dared to dream of contributing to a better world, Sakichi relentlessly pursued his desire to provide better experiences through problem-solving, innovative thinking, Continuous Improvement and Respect for People — foundational principles of The Toyota Way.

Grounded in these principles, our Team Toyota Competencies — DELIGHT, SOLVE, INNOVATE, LEAD, GROW and VALUE — and their associated behaviors, empower us to follow Sakichi’s example.

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There is nothing that can’t be done.

We foster an inclusive environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. When all of us — leaders, team members and business partners — VALUE one another and respect and embrace new ideas and different perspectives, our dream of equity and mobility for all is within reach. We’re going places — together.

Sakichi believed “there is nothing that can’t be done” — his “can do” spirit calls on us to challenge what’s possible and to make a difference in our world.

Unlocking Her Impossible

``I feel my voice can make a difference.”

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Early Days

Throughout the evolution of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), one thing has remained constant: D&I, at its core, is a direct reflection of our principles, cultural priorities and values. In their inceptions, both Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Toyota Financial Services (TFS) D&I strategies were brought to life through grassroots efforts led by individuals dedicated to making connections.

As D&I grew, it caught the attention of key leaders. Team members were growing connections across boundaries and doing so while promising to uphold the pillars of Toyota: Continuous Improvement and Respect for People. These innovative team members established a strong foundation and aligned D&I as a fundamental part of the business.

Training to Build Relationships

``Respect for People is at the core of D&I.”

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Driving Momentum

Terri Von Lehmden, General Manager of Talent Acquisition and Talent Development at TMNA, says, “Together, we intentionally created avenues for two-way communication and were purposeful in our actions. Once D&I was front and center, we created focus groups to ensure The Toyota Way was being reflected across all D&I initiatives.”

Stephen Lewis, General Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, adds that today “our leaders and key senior executives actively encourage team members to join BPGs, as well as participate in BPG meetings and events, driving engagement and culture.”

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I was raised to believe people are people — and all people should be treated with respect.”

Dana Green

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Regional Engagement, Toyota Motor North America

Fostering Connections

``BPGs have enabled me to expand my horizons professionally and personally.”

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Reflecting Our Commitment to Those We Serve

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Quotation

A lot has changed — people are connecting more — talking about inclusion, talking about pride. Creating conversations about diversity awareness — it’s happening because of open communication.”

Karen Bond

Assistant Manager, Finance and Accounting, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

D+I Stories

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A Lasting Partnership

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