SDGs Initiatives

Toyota's SDGs

Toyota's SDGs

Transformation into a mobility company to offer improved value and expand our contribution to SDGs

Since its founding, Toyota has maintained the Toyoda Precepts, or Five Main Principles of founder Sakichi Toyoda, and contributed to creating an affluent society through its business activities, with the aim of becoming a reliable corporate citizen in the international community. In this spirit, we have tackled various challenges in society. By applying the Toyota Production System and other technologies we have fostered in our monozukuri (manufacturing), we have developed the world's first commercial hybrid vehicle aimed at resolving environmental issues. We have also contributed to society by making "ever-better cars" that make our customers happy, which has led to the establishment of a stable business base. This virtuous circle has enabled us to achieve sustainable growth for our business activities.

Today, propelled by a series of technical innovations called CASE*, the automobile industry is entering a once-in-a-century transformational period. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Toyota is transforming itself from an automobile manufacturing company into a mobility company. By making the best of our strengths cultivated through manufacturing while adapting ourselves to technological innovations centered on CASE, we will further expand the potential of automobiles and offer services that make freedom of mobility available to everyone. The development of automated driving and other advanced technologies, for example, is a solution to Toyota's ultimate challenge: zero deaths and injuries from traffic accidents.

Through these initiatives, Toyota hopes to provide society with greatly improved value and contribute to the achievement of SDGs through its businesses. Toyota will also continue to proactively promote social contribution activities with a view to becoming a reliable corporate citizen.

Meanwhile, to realize a sustainable society, which the SDGs are aimed at, efforts in tackling ESG issues, such as human rights and diversity, are necessary. We will enhance our initiatives to address these social issues and promote diversity among our employees, who are our assets, to help them survive the period of transformation, thereby creating changes in society while leveraging such changes for the further growth of Toyota itself.

Toyota believes that it can also contribute to society through promoting motorsports, the purpose of which is to enjoy movement itself, and corporate sport activities, which Toyota has consistently supported since its founding. Seeing those who challenge their limits gives you a heart-pumping feeling of excitement (waku-doki). This is one of the values that we should maintain for creating a more affluent society in the future.

* Fields of innovative technologies represented by Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared, and Electric. For details, click here.

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

New Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 adopted unanimously at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets.

Topics

Shops will come to your place!? Experience an entirely new form of mobility.

e-Palette

Based on the desire to offer a "new mobility" that makes people's daily lives better, Toyota has developed e-Palette, a next-generation electric car. Under the concept of "Move" for All, it is aimed at providing all people with freedom of movement and also moving their hearts through such movements. With a roomy interior space, this electrified and connected car employing automated driving technology is not only a safe and reliable means of transportation for people but also a Mobility -as -a Service (MaaS) vehicle available for multiple purposes, from distribution to sales of things. It emits no CO2 while driving. Large sliding doors, low floors, and electric ramps combined with automated driving control, which enables the car to fully pull over to a sidewalk or a station, can allow people in wheelchairs or elderly people to get into/out of the car and travel easily and smoothly. Establishing an environment that enables all people to move freely and pleasantly is very important in creating a sustainable society in which they can continue to live for a long time. e-Palette not only supports the movement of people but also delivers various goods and services to people, demonstrating the unconventional value of mobility. e-Palette contributes to the creation of new mobility services, envisioning the future of mobility, in which people will communicate with mobility.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
CLIMATE ACTION

Technology can contribute to the environment when disseminated. Zero CO2 emissions challenge

Tackling climate change is one of the most important social issues of today. In order to reduce CO2 emissions, the spread of electrified vehicles* is crucial. In response to rising expectations for electrified vehicles, Toyota has been taking advantage of its experience in the development of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology for over 20 years and has been advancing development in all fields of HEV, PHEV, FCEV and BEV. The Toyota Environment Challenge 2050 aims at a long-term goal of reducing CO2 emissions from new vehicles during driving by 90 percent from the level of 2010. According to the milestones for the spread of electrified vehicles announced at the end of 2017, the target sales volume of electrified vehicles for 2030 is set at over 5.5 million. Currently, electrification of vehicles is advancing faster than this target thanks to a significant increase in HEV sales, and the target is likely to be achieved about five years ahead of schedule. Toyota is also working on the development of various types of zero-emission vehicles, such as BEV and FCEV. In 2020, starting with China, Toyota will launch a mass-production BEV it has been developing. Believing that environmental technologies can contribute to society when they are disseminated, we will accelerate our efforts to further promote electrification, with the aim of providing the value of zero CO2 emissions.

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Electrified vehicles
hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)
CLIMATE ACTION
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION

Cars should support people even in emergencies, now that natural disasters are escalating

The vehicle shown is the former model of Prius PHV, released in Japan on December 2018.
The vehicle shown is the former model of Prius PHV, released in Japan on December 2018.

In 2019, severe typhoons hit many areas all over Japan. In particular, massive, lengthy blackouts in Chiba Prefecture caused by Typhoon Faxai and Typhoon Hagibis seriously affected the lives of citizens. Toyota dispatched over 70 electrified vehicles (HEVs, PHEVs, FCEVs) to the affected areas to supply power to the residents. Electrified vehicles that can be used as mobile power sources in an emergency enable people to feel relieved in case something happens. Advanced electrification technologies are not only environmentally friendly but also contribute to enhancing adaptability to the escalation of disasters and building disaster-resilient communities. Meanwhile, as the use of renewable energy expands, it is expected that the electricity storage function of electrified vehicles will be used on a daily basis. To ensure that cars can be helpful in an emergency, the value of electrified vehicles as power suppliers should be widely known. Efforts are being made in cooperation with local governments and dealerships to further promote recognition of this value.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Major Initiatives

17 Sustainable Development Goals Toyota's commitments
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
QUALITY EDUCATION
QUALITY EDUCATION
  • Activities based on "Monozukuri is about Developing People," Toyota's philosophy for education and human resources development
    • Toyota Technological Institute
    • Toyota female engineer development foundation
    • Scientific Jack-in-the-box! Why / What Lectures
  • Toyota Family Learning Program (United States)
  • Toyota Study Assistance Program (China)
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Challenge 4 Challenge of Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage
  • Toyota ABCD Program (India)
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Challenge 3 Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
  • Development of future mobility "e-Pallet" (Edu Town, comprehensive education website for elementary and junior high school students) Japanese only
  • Welcab (Assisted Mobility Vehicles) Japanese only
  • New Bus Service and Park & Ride System to Promote Multi-Modal Transportation in Vietnam (Toyota Mobility Foundation)
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION
  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Challenge 2 Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge
  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Challenge 5 Challenge of Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems
CLIMATE ACTION
CLIMATE ACTION
  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Challenge 1 New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge
LIFE ON LAND
LIFE ON LAND
  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Challenge 6 Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature (Toyota Today for Tomorrow Project, Toyota ESD Project etc.)
  • TOYOTA forests projects (Forest of Toyota, Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute, Toyota Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest) Japanese only
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
  • Collaborative Projects with International Organizations (IUCN Red List, WWF's Living Asian Forest Project)
  • Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program
Waku-doki (heart-pumping excitement)
Waku-doki (heart-pumping excitement)
Sustainably Yours

  • Social Contribution Activities
    Social Contribution Activities
  • Environmental Initiatives
    Environmental Initiatives
  • Toyota Mobility Foundation
    Toyota Mobility Foundation
  • The Toyota Foundation
    The Toyota Foundation