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Sustainability at Toyota New Zealand

As a trusted brand, we are in a privileged position to influence New Zealand’s society positively. TNZ has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, and recognise we have a large environmental and social footprint. Addressing our impacts presents an equally large opportunity to contribute to the change we want to see, and to influence and raise the performance across the wider motor industry and its supply chain.

Latest Sustainability News


Toyota New Zealand joins steering committee on climate action

Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Neeraj Lala, has been elected to the Steering Committee of the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC), and confirmed Toyota’s commitment to the group’s new Statement of Ambition released today. Mr Lala said as...

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It’s time to extract the Hydrogen opportunity for New Zealand

By Neeraj Lala, Toyota NZ CEO Hydrogen has the potential to play a key role as we transition to a low carbon economy and this includes a wide range of sectors, not just transport. Unlocking the potential that hydrogen offers New Zealand as a...

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Toyota focuses on circular economy and environmental innovations with new partner appointment

Toyota New Zealand has taken major steps to prepare itself for an innovative future including the areas of circular economy and environmental innovations for business sustainability. To accelerate work in these areas of new technology, product...

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Diversity and Inclusion

Toyota’s commitment was formalised under a Diversity and Inclusion Policy, published in October 2019, to ensure equality and fairness are applied consistently and without bias. It extends to all areas of the business.

A couple of inter-department teams meet regularly to develop projects that support these objectives and create a welcoming work environment.

Please explore the following areas to find out more about our approach and activities:


Sustainability Strategy

We published a 2020 Vision describing how we will contribute to creating a sustainable New Zealand. Our activity is set out across 5 Sustainable Priority Areas (SPAs).

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Our Organisation

We seek to be a leading company by setting an example of good social and environmental responsibility: demonstrating how we can reduce our impacts, establish high product safety standards, and support our retailers and their communities around New Zealand.

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Toyota Value Chain

We take a value chain view to identify and manage the impacts and opportunities linked with the life cycle of our products and services. TNZ operations centre on sales, marketing and the distribution to retail outlets, but we also consider activities ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ of our business.

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Toyota will lead the way to the future of mobility, enriching lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people. Read about the Global Vision, Guiding Principles, Believe Statements and more. 

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Explore our business performance, and a summary of our data across each Sustainability Priority Area.

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Case Studies

Across our business we take sustainability matters seriously and have several working examples of how much of this activity has been translated to our everyday activities.

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Toyota Woven City

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) recently announced that it is building a new prototype city of the future, known as the ‘Woven City’. It will be full of innovative technology and embrace new approaches to mobility in a real-world environment.

Driving Innovation

After nearly two decades of proven reliability and durability, hybrids are now a part of the normal, daily lives and routines of millions of people worldwide.

Growth in Hybrid Sales

2019 was a record year of hybrid vehicle sales for Toyota New Zealand. Sales increased from 1,337 in 2017 to 5,159 in 2019, leading to a falling emissions profile for the overall Toyota and Lexus model range. Hybrid sales are on track to increase further in 2020, with 3,627 sold by the end of July and another 0.6% drop in emissions.

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