DiversityInc Innovation Fest! Presentation by Toyota: iCARE Associate Volunteer Program & Putting Workers With Disabilities on the Line

February 23, 2012 3:39 pm

The goal of Toyota Financial Services’ iCare was to increase employee participation in a volunteer program, especially for community work aimed at youth and education. The target was 15 percent associate participation within three years and 35 percent participation from associates who are Black, Latino, Asian or American Indian. The impact has been estimated so far at more than $1 million: 

  • $150,000 in grants
  • 360 nonprofits have directly benefited
  • 20,000 hours of service have been logged (value of volunteer hour estimated by company at $21.36) 

Toyota Motor North America’s Lexington, Ky., plant’s partnership with Lex-Pro, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities reach their highest vocational potential, enhanced its manufacturing efficiency. The relationship solved a manufacturing problem for the company, shaving two second off its production process and bringing a process in-house. It created jobs for people with disabilities, keeping the nonprofit afloat and educating employees about the benefits of working with people with disabilities. Toyota Motor North America is No. 41 in the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50.

Click here to download a PDF of this presentation by Elena Sacca Smith, community relations manager, and Jae Requiro, internal diversity and inclusion process manager, corporate social responsibility, Toyota Financial Services; Dave Orrender, assembly manager, and Tim Turner, assembly safety team leader, Toyota Motor North America.

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