Bridgestone Hispania was recognized for its “commitment to the environment through various initiatives in its production processes.”(1)
Bridgestone’s Burgos plant was established in the city in 1967, and since then has sought excellence in its compliance to environmental management as well as aspiring to be a leader in the industry with regards to environmental quality by putting great efforts in implementing the best available technologies.
Excellence in this field can only be achieved through setting challenging objectives such as reducing water consumption, improving air quality, energy consumption and waste generation. In line with this, the Burgos plant has fundamental guidelines and targets for the continuous improvement of these areas which require the cooperation and participation of all members of the workforce in order to be successful.
Kepa Hernandez, Managing Director of the Burgos plant: “The plant sets annual action plans which focus efforts on the most relevant fields by enhancing and adapting its facilities or adding new equipment to reach greater environmental quality.”
Another important element for sustainable development is the improvement of production processes and investment in raising environmental awareness. The key to achieving these items is a strong commitment of all employees to environmental excellence in the daily production processes, which are completed with an extensive program of environmental activities that reach out to all stakeholders and demonstrates the relevance of environmental awareness in the company(2).
“We are very proud to have won this award,” says Kepa Hernandez. “It is a strong acknowledgement that all our efforts to make our plant and our workers more sustainable-minded are paying off, and we certainly are planning on going forward in this direction.”
1 The jury was composed of: Fernando Gomez, Councillor of Culture and Tourism, Vicente Paredes, biologist and technical director of Hydra, José Luis Peña, Vice Rector for Economics and Business Relations at UBU, Jesus Ojeda, Entrepreneur, and Luis Mayoral, Down Syndrome Association.
2 Examples of 2013 environmental activities: "Plant a tree with us", "Environment Month", "Earth Week", "Bridgestone Bicycle Ride", "Environmental volunteering" or other competitions.