Bendix Celebrates Earth Day


Source: Bendix announcement

ELYRIA, Ohio  – Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) and its employees have long celebrated the annual occasion of Earth Day. Corporate events have included a wide variety of activities symbolizing the company’s commitment to sustainable operations, such as refashioning wood pallets into furniture, planting trees, distributing plants, and hearing from guest speakers on the topics of climate change and environmental progress.

This year, as the company prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, employee activities recognizing the global civic event may be noticeably quieter.

But despite the social distancing measures in place around the globe as Earth Week 2020 begins, Bendix employees across its locations will continue to observe the company’s long-standing focus on sustainable operations to protect our planet.

This year, the company will recognize Earth Day with a virtual celebration: Employees are encouraged to observe the event by taking part in a companywide art contest, open to all Bendix employees, their families, and their shelter-in-place partners.

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From April 13-24, these individuals are invited to submit their original drawings or works of art created around the theme, “What Earth Day Means to You.” A wide range of artwork is eligible for entry to win gift cards. Entrants are encouraged to be creative: The drawings or artwork can be produced from a variety of mediums, including sidewalk/driveway chalk art, crayon, pencil, marker, or other materials.

A Bendix Tradition Continues

Founded in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 and is commemorated over the following days of Earth Week. The events celebrate efforts to protect the planet and prevent climate change.

Likewise, sustainable operations are at the forefront of Bendix’s work throughout the year, but the company traditionally marks this annual event through companywide activities that reflect Bendix’s commitment to eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, and remanufacturing.

“Earth Day has always been an opportunity for Bendix employees to celebrate our efforts to protect the planet and recognize our corporate responsibility for sustainable operations,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it’s a historic chance to see how far we’ve come, thanks to the efforts of our employees and those initiated through corporate involvement. So we’ll continue to forge ahead with our plans to divert waste, decrease energy consumption, expand remanufacturing efforts, and shrink our carbon footprint. But we’ll also mark this event by focusing on what more we can do in the years ahead.”

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