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Honda VP Appointed to Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board

William Walton, leader of Honda Power Equipment Division, is an HBCU Graduate

William Walton, vice president of the Honda Power Equipment division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has been appointed to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board of Directors.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization representing publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships.

Walton is a graduate of Morehouse College, an HBCU, and leads the development of strategic business vision and direction for Honda’s power equipment division. His career at Honda has spanned more than 20 years, during which he has served in a broad range of capacities and leadership positions including automotive service, parts and product planning operations, in addition to his current role in leading the power equipment division of American Honda.

“Support for HBCUs is in my DNA, and it’s a great honor to represent Honda within a world-class organization like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” said Walton. “Honda has close ties with HBCUs through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, and we’re committed to strengthening opportunities for top students at HBCUs.”

Honda established a new partnership with TMCF last year by starting an annual scholarship program to support students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.

“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund will benefit greatly from having such a dynamic global corporate leader like William Walton serve on our Board of Directors,” said TMCF Board Chairman, Charles Merinoff. “I look forward to working with William to expand the reach, impact, and opportunities of our students enrolled at our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), which incorporates TMCF’s 47 member-schools and nearly 300,000 diverse students.”

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at

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Honda Named a “Noteworthy Company for Diversity” in 2018

List Features Companies Focused on Inclusion and Diversity

Honda was named this month to the list of Noteworthy Companies for Diversity in 2018, compiled by Diversity Inc.

Companies recognized as Noteworthy Companies for Diversity are judged on their commitments and actions in the areas of talent pipeline and development, leadership accountability and supplier diversity. More than 1,800 companies participated in this year’s survey, including Honda North America, Inc., with only 83 making the Diversity Inc. Top 50 and Noteworthy company lists.

“Honda is very pleased to be recognized by Diversity Inc.,” said Yvette Hunsicker, assistant vice president of Honda North America’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity. “Honda’s commitment to inclusion and diversity drives innovation in our products and services, and provides value to our customers and society and opportunities for our associates.”

Honda has implemented a number of new and innovative inclusion and diversity initiatives in recent years, which have achieved measurable results. These activities include:

Business Resource Group (BRG) program. These associate-led groups are aligned across broad constituencies such as gender, race/ethnicity and life-stage experiences, and work to address challenges facing the company and identify opportunities for growth and improvement. Launched three years ago, there are now 34 BRG chapters with thousands of members across Honda’s North American operations.

Leader Advancement Mentor Program (LAMP). Honda’s unique year-long mentoring program is designed to improve the readiness and capability of high-potential associates to accelerate their advancement into senior leadership. Now in its fifth year, Honda associates in the program travel to Honda facilities throughout the region to learn from a mentor and receive an evaluation of their leadership skills.

Honda Partnership Network (HPN). Honda has helped create new relationships between the company’s Tier 1 and diverse suppliers. First held in 2015, the annual supplier event has helped the company increase its diverse spend from $2.25 billion in 2014 to more than $3.1 billion in 2017.

“We know we still have work to do, but through these programs like this, Honda is making excellent progress in advancing diversity and inclusion,” said Hunsicker. “We are committed to cultivating an inclusive environment in all areas of our business here at Honda.”

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Minority Auto Dealers Association Recognizes Honda with Six Diversity Awards

The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) presented Honda with six awards at the 3rd Annual Diversity Volume Leadership Awards held January 14 at the COBO Convention Center in Detroit. The NAMAD/IHS Markit Awards recognize automotive brands and models that have the highest new vehicle registrations with ethnic, women and millennial customers.

The Honda Civic was recognized as the top overall vehicle among ethnic buyers, as well as the top vehicle in three individual customer categories: Ethnic, Millennials and the Western region. The Honda Accord was selected as the top vehicle among ethnic buyers in the Mideast region. The Honda GROM was selected as the top Ethnic Sport Bike.

“Honda’s relationship with multicultural customers continues to grow and was a major contributor to Honda’s fourth straight annual automobile sales record in 2017,” said Yvette Hunsicker, assistant vice president of Honda North America’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity. “The commitment of Honda associates to create products that meet the needs of our customers plays a critical role in our success.”

IHS Markit new vehicle registration data was used to determine the winning brands based on 2017 model year U.S. personal registrations from October 2016 through September 2017. This year’s awards are based on an analysis of more than 14 million personal new vehicle registrations.

To learn more about Honda’s inclusion and diversity initiatives, visit or @HondaInclusion on Twitter.

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Our Perspective: Beyond Discrimination

Honda is part of many communities in America and it is our responsibility to conduct ourselves in a way that supports these communities. This support can be economic – through jobs and investment – or through community activities that express our corporate social responsibility, such as volunteering and otherwise rolling up our sleeves. At the same time, and as part of that commitment to the communities where we work and live, it is one of Honda’s priorities to serve as a positive force to promote inclusion and diversity throughout our business activities.

Our position is that discrimination in any form, whether based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, is contrary to Honda’s fundamental beliefs as a company. But opposing discrimination, no matter how important, does not speak strongly enough to our commitment to diversity and inclusion as a business imperative for our company.

Beyond maintaining a diverse culture and workforce, we want to ensure that Honda maintains an inclusive working environment where the richness of different ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are harnessed to create value for our customers and the communities where we do business.  We have encouraged our company’s leaders to promote diversity on their teams and every Honda associate and business partner is expected to embrace and actively support diversity and the cultural richness and advantages it provides.

This is based on Honda philosophy and our belief in “Respect for the Individual” – which calls on us to bring together a diverse group of people and ideas in order to foster the kind of innovation that creates new products that enhance people’s lives and enrich their communities.

The key is that we take action based on our philosophy; and we have taken steps to ensure that our actions serve as a positive force in the community, including in the state of North Carolina.

Honda has been part of the community of North Carolina for over thirty years. We employ more than 2,500 people in the state. Our first operation in North Carolina, a power equipment plant, opened in 1984. Nearly 20 years ago, we established a financial services office. During the past decade we added the World Headquarters of our aircraft company and a jet engine production facility. Recently, we announced plans to increase our investment in one of our aviation operations in North Carolina. This is critical to our business success and an important commitment to the diverse team of people who work for our company.

We have become increasingly concerned about the promulgation of a law in North Carolina that we believe is discriminatory, and that we oppose. House Bill 2 (HB 2) runs contrary to our position on discrimination, and we have encouraged state officials to take action to assure that North Carolina is a welcoming place for everyone to visit, live, work and do business.

We believe it is consistent to oppose discrimination while continuing to invest in our existing operations in North Carolina. Our investments in the state of North Carolina are not one-time events. These are existing “bricks and mortar” facilities that support the futures of good, hard-working people and communities in North Carolina and across America. So, while we continue to invest, we have expressed the urgent hope that the state’s leaders will reverse course and head in the direction of tolerance and acceptance.

And when musical artists Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas – the featured performers on the 2016 Honda Civic Tour concert series – determined that they must cancel their two performances in North Carolina based on their beliefs and their opposition to HB 2, we respected their decision.

Our own workforce and customer base are quite diverse and we recognize that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to their future. So, we will continue working to promote inclusion. By seeking out and respecting many different perspectives, we will achieve new innovation that will drive our future success. In turn, this will help ensure that Honda associates, suppliers, dealers and other business partners contribute positively to the communities where we operate our businesses and coexist with our neighbors.

By growing our business and our relationship with society – ALL of society – we can truly make Honda a company that society wants to exist.

Rick Schostek
Executive Vice President
Honda North America, Inc.

Honda North America Law Division Honored With “2016 Diversity Counsel of The Year” Award

Cathy_McEvilly_2016_ProfessionalOn behalf of Honda North America’s (HNA) Law Division, Catherine M. McEvilly, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Honda North America, Inc., accepted the “2016 Diversity Counsel of the Year” award at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Southern California’s 21st Annual Gala Dinner on May 13.

McEvilly has been instrumental in helping Honda to maintain a diverse culture and workforce in North America. In addition to heading the legal division of HNA, McEvilly’s responsibilities also include membership on the Company’s Diversity Steering Committee. She played a key role in the development of the company’s 2020 Diversity Vision Statement:

“To be a company that maximizes the strength of diversity, creating one inclusive team that powers Honda to Excellence. We are committed to becoming a leader in diversity and inclusion in order to be a company that society wants to exist.”

During her 21-year career at Honda, McEvilly has supported the activities of virtually every division of the company, handling a wide variety of matters ranging from dealer relations, antitrust issues and employment matters to compliance and corporate governance issues.

“I take pride in the values and principles that were put in place by Mr. Honda,” said McEvilly. “Mr. Honda did not set limits but instead nurtured his associates’ ability to create and innovate. I do my best to follow those same values today.”

About Honda in North America
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.

Nine Honda auto plants in the region, including five in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2015, more than 99 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 15 different models, including eight passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and  globally sourced parts. Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

Honda Honored with Four Diversity Awards

Presented by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) and IHS Automotive

Honda was honored with four awards at the first Diversity Volume Leadership Awards presented by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) and IHS Automotive at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The Honda Accord and Honda CR-V were recognized for national sales leadership with women and ethnic Millennials in 2015. The Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV, was named the “Top Women’s Vehicle” and the Honda Accord was named “Top Ethnic Millennial Vehicle.” The Honda Accord and Civic were also recognized as “Ethnic Volume Leaders” in the Mideast and Western regions, respectively.

“We are witnessing a massive demographic shift that is reshaping our marketplace,” said Marc Burt, assistant vice president of Honda North America, Inc. Office of Inclusion & Diversity. “These awards reflect our associates’ continued commitment to innovation and overall understanding of how our vehicle design, functionality and marketing relate to our increasingly diverse customers.”

The awards show, the only event of its kind, recognizes top-performing automotive brands that are driving sales with multicultural consumers. Awards were presented to brands whose vehicles had the highest number of new-vehicle registrations among African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Pacific Islanders and Native Americans.

To learn more about Honda’s diversity efforts, visit