WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
A company with a unique structure, Toyota Motor North America is actually the holding company for Toyota Motor Sales, Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.
The company is undergoing an evolution as it consolidates its operations in Plano, Texas, but continues its focus on diversity and inclusion under the guidance of Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer Latondra Newton.
Toyota believes deeply—and at the highest levels—that D&I benefits employees, customers, dealers and suppliers.
The company, which has a strong external diversity council that advises it on its diversity-management strategies, has improved its cross-cultural mentoring initiative. The majority of executives in its top three levels now participate in this initiative. The program includes virtual cultural-competence training and formal follow-up to assess successful best practices.
Toyota also has increased its employee-resource-group participation and encourages hourly workers to join. The resource-group leaders have rotational positions on the executive diversity council, which meets quarterly and signs off on diversity metrics and goals.
“Diversity and inclusion are long-standing priorities for Toyota, grounded in our core value of respect for people. Besides being the right thing to do, diversity and inclusion deliver critical business benefits. We build cars and trucks for all kinds of drivers, in communities across the country. To serve America effectively, we need to mirror the rich diversity of our customers.”
Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer
“We believe, now more than ever, that Diversity & Inclusion will be the engine that drives our innovation.”
U.S. Headquarters New York City
U.S. Employees 31,827
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 38