From seat cov­ers to wear­able ac­ces­sories, our sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives come in a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive forms

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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

(CSR) Depart­ment.

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.”

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