Over the next 2 years, Toyota will pack up its North American headquarters in California and move to Plano. The relocation will involve up to 4,000 employees and their families. To make the transition easier, the company has planned visits over the next 2 years for employees to check out neighborhoods and schools. The trips are also a chance to address employee concerns, including LGBT issues. So, Toyota asked GALA North Texas to attend a community event in August and President Bob Shimmin and Vice President Jeanne Rubin spoke with company leaders and LGBT employees. They explained the crucial work GALA is doing within North Texas cities and school districts to fight for equality.
Some of the LGBT employees had big concerns about moving to Texas, especially those from California, but also employees from Toyota's Kentucky facility. One mother told Bob and Jeanne that it took a while but she had worked to develop a community and school district that accepted her and her family and she worried about starting that process over again. A feeling many in the LGBT community can understand. But, now because of GALA, Toyota and this event the lines of communication have been open and employees now have GALA as a resource to aid in the transition. It's also good to see a company that ranks as high as Toyota on the HRC equality index, continue to address LGBT issues and we hope city leaders and school districts will follow the company's example.
James E. Lentz
CEO, Toyota North America
“There is a simple truth behind our approach to diversity and inclusion: If we want to build great cars and trucks for the way our customers live, Toyota will strive to be a reflection of the America in which we live.”
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
“At Toyota, we believe that inclusion cannot be a stand-alone initiative, an isolated department or a page in the employee manual. Fostering diversity is not only the right thing to do—but an integral part of our strategy to stay competitive in the marketplace.”