Toyota SA partners with the Centre for Responsible Leadership
On 10 March, the Centre for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pretoria took possession of a Toyota Prius sponsored by Toyota SA. The sponsorship of the Prius indicates Toyota’s support for the development of the next generation of responsible leaders. Through the use of the Toyota Prius, the visibility of the Centre for Responsible Leadership’s work and the commitment of the University of Pretoria towards educating responsible leaders will be enhanced.
The function was attended by Dr Johan van Zyl, CEO of Toyota SA, Mr Leo Kok, Manager: Corporate Communications at Toyota SA, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Jan van Heerden, acting dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof Giel Nieman, head of the Department of Business Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, and Prof Derick de Jongh, director of the Centre for Responsible Leadership.
The Centre for Responsible Leadership aims to facilitate the development of responsible leaders through research, teaching and community engagement. Its cornerstone qualities are moral courage, global inclusivity, reflective practice and practical wisdom.
The Toyota Prius is a battery-driven car that decreases the carbon footprint on the environment. It was the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle and its arrival announced the next stage in the evolution of motorised transport. More recently, Toyota publicly stated its goal of creating cars that “clean the air as they drive and never crash” – a clear commitment to delivering environmental and societal value above and beyond the narrow scope of creating shareholder wealth.
“The University of Pretoria deeply values its partnership with the private sector and strongly identifies with the leadership Toyota took in 1997 when it launched the Prius. It was a bold step that laid down a challenge, not only to the motor industry, but also to major companies and industries worldwide in our collective effort to create a sustainable future,” said Prof De la Rey.
Prof Jan Van Heerden, acting dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management
Sciences, Prof Derick de Jongh, director of the Centre for Responsible Leadership,
Prof Giel Nieman, head of the Department of Business Management, Prof Cheryl
de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Johan van Zyl, CEO of Toyota SA,
and Chantal Welman of the Centre for Responsible Leadership.