Honda’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Honda North America – Corporate Social Responsibility Report FY 20 (ending March 31, 2020)
Honda’s mission is to create products and technologies that improve people’s lives, while minimizing the environmental impacts of our products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we live and do business; to socially responsible business practices; and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce and supply chain.
Here are details of our key initiatives in the areas of the environment, diversity, community and safety for our fiscal year April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020 (FY 20).
From an environmental perspective in 2019, Honda was ranked as the most fuel-efficient full-line automaker in America in a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Honda also entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60 percent of the electricity Honda uses in North America.
From a diversity perspective, Honda continued its long-time support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands. Additionally, William Walton, vice president of the Honda Power Equipment division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was appointed to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board of Directors. Honda also hosted the National Urban League’s Youth Leadership group at its Indiana location.
Regarding our community activities, the Team Honda Week of Service resulted in more than 600 coordinated volunteer service projects in 48 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.
The Los Angeles Ride for Kids™ raised the most out of any of the other rides taking place across the country, with $125,000 going to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
And, in regard to safety, the 2019 Honda Passport achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, the highest available overall safety rating issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its New Car Assessment Program.
Please see the North American Environmental Report for the most recent updates on Honda’s environmental initiatives. Highlights include:
Ohio EPA’s Platinum Environmental Stewardship Award – Honda R&D Americas, Inc. was awarded with the Ohio EPA’s platinum level environmental stewardship award. The company earned the top award for its emphasis on waste reduction, community service and outreach. (February 2020)
Most fuel-efficient automaker – Honda was ranked the most fuel-efficient full-line automaker in America in a U.S. EPA report released in March 2020. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker for the 2018 model year, the latest year for which full data is available, according to the report. (March 2020)
Largest Renewable Energy Purchase – Seeking to slash CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60 percent of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. At the time, it was the auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase. (September 2019)
Transmission Plant Earns Energy Star® Certification – Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. (HTM) became the first U.S. automotive transmission plant to earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification. HTM joined other facilities including Honda Mfg. of Alabama, Honda Mfg. of Indiana, Honda of America Mfg.’s Anna engine plant, East Liberty plant and Marysville auto plant, in earning this certification for 2019. (March 2020)
Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) – Since 2003, Honda has provided marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver dynamic performances on a national stage through HBOB.
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) – HCASC is America’s premier academic quiz competition for HBCUs. The 2019 HCASC National Championship Tournament marked the 30th anniversary of the program. Highlights included:
Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) – Sponsored by Honda for more than 30 years, the CWSA honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.
Abrego Future Scholars Program – To support Latino students during their critical first year of studies at California State University, Fullerton, the annual Hispanic Scholarship golf tournament raised $175,220 for the Abrego Future Scholars Program. American Honda Motor Co., Inc Motor Co., Inc. has been a presenting sponsor of the tournament since 2005. (April 2019)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) – Honda associates attended the HSF STEM Summit in San Jose, Calif., seeking to connect with the brightest students in their fields and share career opportunities at Honda. Held annually, this Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference provides the best and brightest HSF STEM scholars an inside track to career success. (September 2019)
National Urban League – As the title sponsor of the National Urban League Youth Leadership Summit in 2019, Honda hosted 120 students at its plant in Greensburg, Ind. for plant tours and demonstrations. (July 2019)
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) – In partnership with TMCF, Honda awarded scholarships to five HBCU students for the 2019-20 academic year. The awards are part of an annual scholarship fund Honda established to support students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.
In addition, William Walton, vice president of the Honda Power Equipment division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was appointed to the TMCF Board of Directors. (November 2019)
Supplier Impact Event – Eighteen women-owned businesses were welcomed to the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif., with the goal of matching the companies with potential bid opportunities. It was a productive afternoon of networking with Honda associates in the Procurement department as well as those who work with request for proposals. (August 2019)
Honda Partnership Network – Honda held its fifth annual Honda Partnership Network (HPN) event, pairing diverse companies with Tier 1 suppliers that Honda directly purchases supplies or services from). Thanks in large part to the five-year-old event, Honda has increased its diverse spend from $2.25 billion in 2015 to over $3.2 billion today. Since HPN started, Tier 1 suppliers reported nearly $11 million in new business for diverse suppliers generated from the event. (October 2019)
Team Honda Week of Service – Honda companies, dealers and suppliers throughout North America come together each year for a week of coordinated community service activities.
In 2019, 25,000 Honda volunteers supported local communities through a wide range of more than 600 service activities. Highlights for fourth annual event included:
Since its inception, Week of Service volunteers have served 1.1M meals, donated 153 tons of food to people in need and donated 3,461 pints of blood.
Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center – Founded and funded solely by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Eagle Rock School is a residential high school in Estes Park, Colorado that opened its doors in 1993 with a mission to help the most disengaged students find their way back to education. The school’s Professional Development Center works with educators across the country to make the high school experience more engaging for young people.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF)/Ride for Kids™ – The PBTF is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of research into childhood brain tumors, the leading cause of cancer death in children. Sponsored by Honda since 1991, Ride for Kids™ is the longest-running, most successful motorcycle ride charity event in the nation.
The Honda Classic Cares – As the charitable arm of The Honda Classic PGA TOUR golf tournament, The Honda Classic Cares was established to contribute net proceeds from tournament and special events to South Florida 501(c)(3) organizations through Children’s Healthcare Charity. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the longest-standing title sponsor on the PGA TOUR.
Philanthropic Foundations – Each year, Honda’s four North American-based foundations – the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Foundation, the Honda of America Mfg. Foundation, the Honda Canada Foundation and Honda Marine Science Foundation – provide grants to nonprofit organizations that meet certain criteria. They are Honda’s philanthropic arms in their respective communities.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Foundation –The foundation funds programs focused on youth and scientific education. In FY 20, the foundation awarded 29 grants, including significant funding to the following organizations:
Honda of America Mfg. Foundation – Honda of America Mfg., Inc. surpassed $100 million in philanthropic contributions to local Ohio communities in 2019. This total includes more than $58 million in corporate contributions, $28 million from Honda associate contributions and $14 million in donations from the Honda of America Foundation in Ohio. Priority is given to projects that sustain communities, enhance quality of life and educate youth.
The foundation, along with Honda of America Mfg., Inc., awarded 33 grants in FY 20 to nonprofit organizations, including:
The Honda Canada Foundation – The foundation supports people and organizations that focus on four pillars: family, environment, engineering and education.
Honda Marine Science Foundation – Honda established the Honda Marine Science Foundation (HMSF) in 2016 to support marine ecosystem restoration and address the impact of climate change on oceans and intertidal areas. The foundation awards grants once a year, focusing on research projects that advance the understanding and implementation of living shorelines.
Tournament of Roses® – Honda has collaborated with the Tournament of Roses for 57 years and served as presenting sponsor of the Rose Parade® since 2011.
National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) Ratings – The all-new 2019 Honda Passport achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, the highest available overall safety rating issued by NHTSA as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). (June 2019)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Safety Ratings
Five Honda models earned the IIHS’s TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) rating when equipped with specific headlights, and one model (Honda Insight) achieved a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) rating. Contributing to the top ratings, the 2020 Accord, three Civic models (Coupe, Sedan and Hatchback), Insight and CR-V each achieved the highest possible rating of “GOOD” in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests. In addition, all feature Honda Sensing® driver-assistive and safety technology as standard equipment, earning “SUPERIOR” ratings for vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash prevention. (February 2020)
Colton Rider Education Center – Honda Rider Education Centers are unique sites specifically designed for motorcycle, ATV and side-by-side training and instruction. The centers teach over 11,000 riders a year, and classes are for riders of all ages—from six years old to adult. The Honda Rider Education Center in Colton, Calif. was the first Rider Education Center built.
National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) – NYPUM is a national mentoring program for youth ages 10-17 that uses minibikes as a motivational tool to positively affect behavior and academic performance.
In a year marked by the 40th anniversary of Honda production in America, Honda manufacturing associates throughout the U.S. took time to host students, teachers and community leaders as part of the ninth annual National Manufacturing Day. More than 2,000 students attended events throughout the week at Honda facilities in Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina and Alabama, which annually produce more than 3 million engines and 1.24 million cars and trucks, learning more about the many career paths available in the manufacturing field. (add month and year)
A group of Honda engineers pursued their outdoor passions and took the company’s product development efforts to the next level as they tackled the 2019 Rebelle Rally, an all-women off-road navigation event that traverses the western portion of Nevada, crossing into Southern California. (October 2019)