CARS AND BAGS
From seat covers to wearable accessories, our sustainability initiatives come in a variety of innovative forms
Toyota has an exceptional track record when it comes to environmental sustainability. In fact, last year Newsweek magazine named it the world’s greenest car-maker and one of the world’s top green companies.
TSAM is entrenched in the Toyota Motor Corporation’s global vision and our social programmes are designed to ensure that local communities are empowered and uplifted.
In 2013, TSAM signed a memorandum of understanding with Esikhumulweni Co-operative Ltd in Kwamashu, Kwazulu-natal, in terms of which Toyota donates all its waste seat cover material to the co-operative to be transformed into all kinds of wearable accessories. The partnership not only reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to green initiatives, but is also the pride of TSAM’S Corporate Social Responsibility
TSAM and Esikhumulweni solidified their five-year partnership when Toyota’s CSR Department presented all its female employees with handbags, manufactured by the co-operative, as part of its Women’s Day celebrations in August 2018.
The partnership creates a good opportunity for Toyota to reduce its monthly landfill waste. Jenny
Mare, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at TSAM, says Toyota’s proud of the strides Esikhumulweni has taken over the years. “Toyota’s green strategies are also well enshrined in the organisation’s Environmental Challenge 2050. We believe that donating our waste cover seat material to Esikhumulweni is a great recycling and social responsibility initiative. Esikhumulweni’s been able to manufacture and sell the bags to generate income for itself, as well as create jobs and train people in the community.”
Established in 2011, Esikhumulweni initially operated from shipping containers before securing a dilapidated building which it turned into a fully functional structure for its business operations. Sibongile Sibisi, its Chairperson, says: “We’re filled with hope and pride for the future success of Esikhumulweni Co-operative Ltd. Our mission is to work hard and grow from a small to a medium enterprise.”