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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Nov/Dec 2002 : Cover Story

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Restoring Faith in the Markets

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- 2010 Global Vision
- The Environment As A Business Opportunity
- Outlining Its Vision
- Environmental Action In North America

In October 2000 as part Toyota’s Global Earth Charter, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TMMNA) issued a plan for its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing operations to reduce overallimpact on the environment. This Environmental Action Plan sets specific targets to achieve by 2005:
- Reduce electric and natural gas usage by 15 percent per unit
- Reduce VOCs by 30 percent per unit
- Reduce hazardous waste disposal at landfills by 95 percent per unit
- Reduce water usage by 15 percent per unit

Also as part of the plan, Toyota is requiring its business partners, specifically suppliers, to meet goals set forth in its Green Supplier Guidelines. It is intended that these guidelines extend Toyota’s environmental commitment beyond its own direct processes to the business relationships and partnerships that it maintains with its North American supplier community. As part of the Toyota Supplier Environmental Program, approximately 500 suppliers that provide parts, materials and components directly or indirectly to Toyota are required to complete one or more of the following initiatives:

- Obtain ISO 14001 Certification
Toyota is requiring suppliers who provide raw materials and/or parts and components to develop and implement by December 31, 2003 an environmental management system that conforms to the ISO 14001 standard. Certification is determined by a third-party auditor.

- Comply with Chemical Ban List
Toyota has identified approximately 450 chemicals and substances that suppliers of raw materials must phase out from new and/or reformulated materials beginning August 1, 2000. Toyota developed its initial chemical ban list based on an evaluation of toxic chemicals regulated worldwide. The list is updated regularly.

- Hazardous Materials Transportation Management System
As part of a commitment to safe transportation of hazardous materials, Toyota requires all of its suppliers in North America to develop the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable state, federal and international hazardous materials transportation requirements.

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