Eth 316 Globalization and Social Responsibility

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Monozukuri, in Japanese, translates to something along the lines of the creation of products. The true meaning behind the word is more conceptual. Monozukuri means to produce excellent products and to have the ability to constantly improve a production system and process. This is the driving force behind one of the world’s most successful companies, Toyota Motor Corporation. The principles of monozukuri along with kaizen, meaning a change for the better, have driven Toyota to become one of the leading automobile manufacturers in the industry. Toyota uses these philosophies to operate in its home country of Japan as well as North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and Africa. Toyota has globalized intensely over the years and continues to create a global business opportunity which means that their corporate responsibility programs must keep up with and exceed the spread of business across the globe. In a recent address the company CEO, Akio Toyoda, made the assertion that he believed that Toyota “should be a company people choose” and that people should be happy to have chosen. Toyota’s global vision is “Rewarded with a smile by exceeding your expectations”. Under the original five main principles of Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota, the company has created its guiding principles of which six of the seven apply directly to the business’ interaction in the global community. The guiding principles are as follows: 1. Honor the language and spirit of the law of every nation and undertake open and fair business activities to be a good corporate citizen of the world. 2. Respect the culture and customs of every nation and contribute to economic and social development through corporate activities in their respective communities. 3. Dedicate our business to providing clean and safe products and to enhancing the quality of life everywhere through all of

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