Through a combination of employee engagement and company-led sustainability initiatives, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) has announced it is one step closer to its sustainability and energy reduction goals.
In 2018, Bendix moved closer to its goal of Zero Landfill by diverting 96 percent (over 25.5 million pounds) of material waste from landfill disposal. In addition, over the last four years, the company has saved more than 9 million kilowatt hours — translating to a savings of more than $690,000 — through implementation of energy-efficiency projects.
Long a leader in environmental stewardship, the company aligned its efforts last year to fully support the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs were adopted by all UN member states in 2015 to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. As a global company and a part of the international community, Bendix says it aims to positively contribute to all the SDGs, with a focus on two in particular — SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 13 (Climate Action) — through its long-standing corporate sustainability strategy.
Bendix has concentrated its sustainability efforts in reaching two key milestones. One, become 100 percent landfill-free by 2020. And two, achieve by 2019, an additional 10 percent reduction of its energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the 2014 baseline — by executing phase II of the energy-efficiency initiative ECCO2 (Efficient Cut of CO2), the company says.
“Bendix employees are personally committed to sustainability and support of the UN SDGs. These achievements reflect that dedication — which is matched at the corporate level, where taking responsibility for the world around us is a core value,” says Maria Gutierrez, director, corporate responsibility and sustainability. “We have locked arms in our quest to reduce the environmental impact of our company. Our efforts are vitally important to Bendix, ourselves and our families, and the planet.”