"EcoVadis Platinum enables us to build trust with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, and encourages all of us in Toyota Material Handling Europe to continue integrating sustainability in the way we work," says Tom Schalenbourg, Director Sustainable Development at Toyota Material Handling Europe.
Toyota Material Handling Europe uses EcoVadis' third-party evaluations to streamline transparency to its customers, and to drive performance within its network. Because of the growing global trend for increasing supply chain transparency and accountability, more and more businesses are increasingly including CSR assessments in their procurement processes. EcoVadis, the leading sustainability rating company, provides sustainability ratings of more than 61,000 suppliers worldwide on their environmental, social and ethical performance. Its online platform allows 175 multinationals to access ratings of their selected suppliers across 155 countries.
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All Toyota Material Handling's European factories and local entities undergo this yearly survey, which leads to an individual scoring of each entity. So far, 16 out of 26 local entities have achieved EcoVadis Gold level. Toyota Material Handling Europe's score takes into account all European data and also includes some performances by Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO).
In 2018, Toyota Material Handling Europe also received the first ever Supplier Excellence Award from EcoVadis for 'Best Group Engagement'. The award represented Toyota's commitment to transparency on the performance of all local entities, Gold rating for 30% of subsidiaries, and a top 3% ranking in the industry.
EcoVadis evaluates four themes, of which each theme varies, and Labour and Human Rights weighs the heaviest. Toyota Material Handling Europe has received the following rating for each theme:
Toyota Material Handling Europe is the European headquarters of Toyota Material Handling Group, which is part of Toyota Industries Corporation – the global leader in material-handling equipment. It provides businesses of all sizes, in more than 30 European countries, with a full range of counterbalanced forklift trucks, BT warehouse equipment/services, added-value solutions and innovations. Over 95% of trucks are manufactured in our European factories, in Sweden, France and Italy – all to Toyota Production System´s (TPS) quality standards. Find out more to achieve exceptional efficiency in your operations.
EcoVadis is the world's most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis' easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 188 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Toyota Material Handling Europe is among the more than 45,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Find out more at www.ecovadis.com.