Report: Working for Toyota makes you healthier

Article by Christian A., on October 15, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. employees have slimmed down and are now healthier, according to its recently released 2010 Sustainability Report. Both smoking rates and obesity levels have become lower among Toyota employees over the past four years.

This report from Toyota provides an outline of its efforts to be environmentally friendly and socially responsible. In 2006, about 42% of Toyota’s workforce in Japan occasionally smoked.

But in 2009, this number had gone down to 36%. Its workers who had a body mass index over 24.2 (obese) comprised 28.5% in 2006 but have fallen to 24.7% in 2009.

Toyota believes that these health improvements were a result of its campaigns to limit consumption of tobacco and junk food. For this year, Toyota intends to boost the promotion of exercise in the workplace.

A visit to Toyota’s global manufacturing and engineering campus in Toyota City around lunchtime reveals a sight to behold as their sidewalks are filled with jogging workers.

From Toyota’s sustainability report, we also learned that the company uses snow-powered air conditioning. Toyota also discussed the truth about the Prius hybrid’s life cycle environmental impact.

At Toyota’s plant on the northern island of Hokkaido, the carmaker is taking advantage of its harsh weather by using tons of snow to cool air for its buildings in summer. [via autonews - sub. required]

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