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Toyota Material Handling Europe launches fifth sustainability report

Toyota Material Handling Europe launched its fifth sustainability report in accordance with GRI standards. Amidst a global pandemic, the company fully achieved 50% of its 75 long-term targets for People, Planet and Prosperity

‘Vision and ambition are the keys to unlocking change. It is easy to assume that small, low-impact targets are the easiest to achieve, but our experience tells us the opposite’, says Ernesto Domínguez, President and CEO at Toyota Material Handling Europe.

With its fifth sustainability report, Toyota Material Handling Europe confirms its ambition to stay an industry leader, also in sustainability. By supporting the sustainability goals of its business partners, the company improves its sustainability impact across the value chain. After its first decade of climate action, in which the company decreased absolute emissions by 29%, the company has now committed to set science-based targets to go even further.

Toyota Material Handling Europe endorses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and partners with others to drive forward its sustainability priorities inside its own business, with its business partners as well as with civil society.

Since 2010, the company is an official Campaign Partner of the ‘Healthy Workplaces Campaigns’, an initiative of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, EU-OSHA. The 2020-22 campaign focusses on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Since 2012, the company has partnered with third-party business sustainability ratings agency EcoVadis and has obtained a Platinum rating in 2021. For the second year in a row, the company is ranked among the top 1% of 75,000 suppliers globally. The fact that more than 50% of their 24 local entities are rated at EcoVadis Platinum or Gold level, confirms its leading position in sustainability in Europe.

‘Companies who actively work to meet their customers' priorities in sustainability have an opportunity to build stronger partnerships around shared priorities’, says Tom Schalenbourg, Director Sustainable Development at Toyota Material Handling Europe.

The company’s owner, Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) in Japan, is one of under 70 corporations globally with a double A-rating from CDP, the world's leading ranking for corporate environmental performance. Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) has been one of the first companies that committed to implement the Kyoto Protocol, starting as early as 1993.

Due to the strong lead from our owners, CO2 emissions across their four largest factories in Europe have decreased by 7,956 tonnes. As a result, these factories emitted 70% less CO2 than in 2012, while production nearly doubled over the same period. This is one of the many reasons Toyota Material Handling Europe and about half of its subsidiaries achieved ‘outstanding’ or ‘advanced’ rating of their Environmental Management Practices by EcoVadis.

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