Minority activists walked out of a meeting last month with executives of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. after the company refused to provide data about its diversity initiatives.
The National Minority Automotive Advocacy Coalition says it will take its case to Jim Press, Toyota's top U.S. executive, and the company's Diversity Advisory Council. The coalition is composed of 10 minority business groups. One of those is the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.
Coalition spokesman Al Pena says his group seeks statistical and regional information about the ethnicity of Toyota's U.S. dealers and top executives. It also wants data on Toyota's contracting policies and charitable contributions.
Irv Miller, Toyota's group vice president of corporate communications, attended the June 13 meeting at the company's California headquarters. Miller says much of the information the coalition demands is proprietary or not readily accessible.
Coalition members "didn't accept that," Miller told Automotive News. "They wanted information in their format and elected to leave the meeting."
Miller said Toyota did provide some diversity data.
Jerome Miller, Toyota's vice president of diversity and inclusion, also was at the meeting. He and Irv Miller are not related.