Truck and bus makers’ lies investigated this week Hino Motors Reveals why the brand has falsified emissions data from gas-guzzling engines over the past 20 years. Their excuse: company culture.
Toyota Motor Corp. subsidiary Hino Motors was found in March to have falsified data related to carbon emissions and fuel performance for four engines — a deception that goes back to at least 2003.
Unfortunately, emissions scandals are nothing new.
Companies join the ranks of the big scammers Volkswagen and Stlantisthey try to downplay the environmental impact of their vehicles.
Both companies use software to manipulate exhaust settings and cheat emissions tests.
Volkswagen initially Blame a few software developers Rogue for the scandal, but later admitted executive knowledge.
but Hino Survey Results Explore how and why introverted and conservative company cultures are to be blamed.
It “prevents each employee from working with a sense of engagement and solidarity.” This leads to a lack of psychological safety and engineers feel unable to challenge their superiors.
What is psychological safety?
according to Amy EdmondsonProfessor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School, psychological safety is:
Trust that an individual will not be punished or humiliated for speaking out about an idea, question, concern or mistake, and that the team can safely take interpersonal adventures.
According to ReutersKazuo Sakakibara, chairman of Hino’s investigative committee, told reporters that past success has blinded the company to “changes in the external environment and values or the ability to look directly at itself.
“The group has become a poorly organised organisation where people can’t say what they can’t do.”
A high-security team gives people the confidence to admit mistakes, participate in discussions, raise concerns, question decisions (including those of superiors), and seek help.
How much is Japan’s work culture to blame?
When you think about Japanese work culture, you might imagine an old, hierarchical company with overly polite employees and long working hours.
They commit to working with the company until retirement.Fortunately, things are changing due to the mainstreaming of the hybrid workplace due to COVID and the following facts close to half College students in Japan are women.
But the auto industry isn’t exactly known for the diversity of the corporate sector. Cases of sexual harassment persist.
“You’re going to be there for most of your life. They don’t care about your life outside of work. Just make Hino their millions a year. You might get divorced, your kids might forget who you are .”
How will Hino improve its corporate culture?
According to the report, Hino has committed to a series of cross-company changes, including:
- The revised “Basic Philosophy System” guides all corporate activities to share value.
- Renamed “Hino Code of Conduct” to “Hino Way”.
- Opportunities for more conversations at every level and workplace.
- Communicate regularly with management. This includes working to create an environment where employees can safely speak up and encourage them to do so.
- Create a Chief Engineering Compliance Officer/Team.
Of course, this is an ambitious wish list that says everything right.
However, “The Way of Hino” sounds like another form of groupthink — what got them into trouble. But the world is watching until the next emissions scandal hits.