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No. 25 | Toyota Motor North America


  • CEO Jim Lentz has led Toyota Motor North America up another 9 spots to the top half of the list.
  • When it announced the move to Plano a few years ago, the company faced losing a lot of good people. But, Jim and his leadership’s commitment to diversity never wavered and they were extremely successful in moving most of their people from three locations to Plano.
  • DiversityInc participated in several meetings with the company’s leadership over the past two years and we saw it increase its community engagement which it credits with relatively small loss of people in its move to Plano.
  • The company hired and promoted significantly more Blacks, Latinos and women into its leadership positions than existed previously.

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Going Places, Together – Toyota’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy – constitutes an unshakable pledge to always do what’s right in order to make the world a better place. This phrase also anchors Toyota’s powerful promise to treat all team members, partners and customers with equal respect and dignity — unwaveringly.

This pledge is inherent in Toyota’s longstanding principles: Respect for People and Continuous Improvement. The company engages the talents and passions of its people to foster a more open and inclusive culture where everyone can thrive and encourage new ideas to help create mobility for all. After all, when good ideas are shared, great things can happen.

As one of the world’s most admired brands, Toyota directly employs more than 47,000 team members in North America alone, working in fields as diverse as manufacturing, sales & marketing, professional services, logistics, IS/IT, and research & development. The sheer breadth and depth of its business means that even small changes can have a big impact.

Nowhere is this ripple effect more obvious than in Toyota’s Supplier Diversity program. A diverse supplier community drives innovation, builds meaningful partnerships and connects Toyota and its team members to the community. Toyota not only builds D&I accountability into all of its supplier operations, but it’s also continuously expanding its network to include more businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals.


Jim Lentz

“At Toyota, we’re working toward a future of mobility to improve the quality of life for everyone. But, to meet the needs of our customers, team members, dealers, suppliers and society, D&I plays a critical role in everything we do. And, our D&I values help us to meet expectations and remain competitive.”


Chris Reynolds
Chief Diversity Officer

“Our commitment to D&I is grounded in our guiding principles: continuous improvement and respect for people. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. Each day presents us with new opportunities to practice our values and live out our commitment with suppliers, dealers, partners, customers, and colleagues.”



U.S. Headquarters: Plano, Texas

Global Employees: 364,445

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 34

  • No. 13 Supplier Diversity
  • No. 15 Veterans
  • LGBT Employees