Respect for Human Rights
Through our Guiding Principles at Toyota, Contribution towards Sustainable Development (CSR Policy), and the Toyota Code of Conduct, Toyota lays out its respect for honoring the human rights, and other rights, of all people. The Toyota Way encompasses the values that employees working at Toyota are expected to share, based on the Guiding Principles at Toyota.
There are two pillars that form the Toyota Way-"Continuous Improvement" and "Respect for People." Respect for People means to respect all stakeholders as well as to respect the character and abilities of employees as individuals. It also facilitates personal achievement by connecting the personal growth of employees to company performance.
The Toyota Way is a shared value for all our affiliates around the world. We respect each country and region's laws and customs, as well as various international guidelines and standards, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We strive to provide employees with secure and stimulating workplaces, while responding to the expectations of our stakeholders. We work diligently so that these concepts are put into practice throughout Toyota's global business activities, including subsidiaries and suppliers.
Toyota's Approach in Sourcing Conflict-free Minerals
Toyota operates with a strong awareness that violations of human rights, environmental degradation, unlawful mining, and other issues in conflict regions, as well as the issue of minerals serving as funding sources for armed groups, are critical societal issues within the supply chain. We aim for the procurement and usage of free-from-conflict minerals, namely, those with no relation to illegal conduct, including human rights infringements, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries. To ensure such, Toyota works collaboratively with parts suppliers, automotive industry organizations, and other organizations. Toyota has outlined its efforts and policies in this field in its "Policies and Approaches to Conflict Mineral Issues." We revised the Toyota Supplier CSR Guidelines in 2012, requiring suppliers to engage in responsible material procurement.Toyota's Policies and Approaches to Conflict Mineral Issues