A great way to cultivate engagement among Parker teams is to find ways to contribute to the community and the environment. In Queretaro, Mexico, one Parker Filtration location has united its entire team behind an ambitious sustainability goal that will have an impact for generations to come.
With more than 170 team members producing filtration products for marine, construction and highway markets across North America, Parker Filtration Group EMAM in Queretaro, Mexico, has become a key player at the company since it was acquired by Parker in 2017. As part of the integration, Queretaro’s team members and Filtration Group leadership have worked together to instill a sense of pride and belonging in Parker’s culture while ensuring the company serves as a responsible member of the local community.
One standout initiative has helped the Queretaro facility make significant progress toward these objectives through the work of a High Performance Team focused on environmental sustainability.
The team worked to identify a project to make a positive environmental impact, which they found in a program of the state government that partners with local companies to raise seedlings of threatened native tree species.
A few months ago, the Queretaro facility received its first shipment of 1,000 seedlings: 500 huizaches and 500 mezquites trees, both of which are in danger of extinction as a result of deforestation. Across the facility, teams have come together to nurture the seedlings and ensure their survival.
“This project has helped everyone develop a feeling of belonging and identity with Parker. Our team members take great pride in sharing a strong sense of the importance of helping our local environment and are nurturing these trees with great care and enthusiasm.”
Cristina Sahagun, EHS facility manager
These 1,000 seedlings will spend a few more months growing at the Queretaro facility. When the trees are strong enough, and when the rainy season makes soil conditions favorable, Parker Queretaro team members and their families will transplant them as a final step in helping preserve these species.
This will not be the end of the project, however. Over the course of the next decade, the Queretaro facility plans to raise and transplant a total of 10,000 native trees, a major step toward restoring the local environment, strengthening Parker’s commitment to the local community and securing long-term tax benefits for the facility. This undertaking will be made possible through the ongoing commitment of the entire Queretaro team.
“The tree planting project helped connect the team members and foster environmental stewardship within the organization.”
Denis Williams, general manager, EMAM
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.
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