Bendix announced that rising volunteer hours and donations marked the company’s community outreach efforts in 2022.
Bendix and Bendix team members did more for their communities during 2022 than in previous years by awarding, upwards of $1 million in grants and donations and logging close to 9,000 volunteer hours toward a wide variety of projects, the company says.
Bendix says it ascribes to a philosophy of corporate responsibility focusing on social cohesion, underserved youth, and families in its communities. This support prioritizes projects linked to education, the environment, health and wellness, and social issues. It takes the form of financial support through grants, sponsorships, and donations, as well as volunteer efforts from employees across the company’s North American locations. To that end, Bendix says it also recognizes and rewards employees who contribute their time and resources toward these causes.
During 2022, Bendix says it awarded $388,454 in grants, sponsorships, and donations from the company and its employees to multiple diverse nonprofit organizations and community initiatives in the areas where Bendix operates in North America.
The community support we offered our communities in 2022 was exceptional, with participation numbers up almost 10% from the previous year,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix senior director, environmental, social, and governance (ESG). “We saw employees dedicating more volunteer hours to more projects in more ways. Team members selected a wide cross-section of projects that fit with our community support goals. We volunteered in person and virtually, and it was clear that teams were going above and beyond. At a corporate level and individually, we donated funds but also much more. We gave shoes, toys, food, school supplies, and clothing. We gave blood during blood drives, made blankets, and built homes and bunk beds. Support teams gained new members, and they shared a wealth of ideas. It was a fantastic year for Bendix’s support to our communities.”
Besides its local outreach efforts, Bendix says it also provided ground-level support for the corporate mission of Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America Inc. (KBGCNA), its parent company’s philanthropic organization in North America. The organization awards extensive and long-term community enrichment grants centered in the surrounding communities of Knorr-Bremse’s three largest North American companies: Avon, Ohio-based Bendix; Westminster, Maryland-based Knorr Brake Company; and Watertown, New York-based New York Air Brake LLC. As with Bendix contributions, KBGCNA awards are oriented toward social engagement and educating youth and young adults, with company representatives from the three North American brands lending assistance by way of team members who champion the initiatives from start to finish, the company says.
During 2022, KBGCNA disbursed $616,095 in grant funding for projects and initiatives. This funding, combined with other targeted Bendix programs and initiatives, resulted in community effort funding totaling $1,004,549.
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