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Ben – Health & wellbeing in the automotive industry

With it being World Wellbeing Week, Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, a charity for the automotive, including the auto recycling industry, highlights the importance of our health & wellbeing and the impact it has on our lives.


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“We all have health and wellbeing. As we take control and drive our way through life, it’s important to keep an eye on our dashboard: our mental health, physical health and our wellbeing.

Our mental health and physical health change all the time – one day, we can feel great, and another day we may not. This is perfectly normal and the same for everyone. Our mental and physical health are linked, and if something affects one of them, it can impact on the other. This is where our wellbeing comes in. Wellbeing is generally how comfortable, healthy or happy we are within our own lives. Wellbeing is unique to each person and can mean different things to different people. At Ben, we help people learn about, develop and manage each area of their own wellbeing.

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Wellbeing is really important because it can give us the tools to cope with changes to our mental and physical health, but if our wellbeing is good, it can also help protect our mental and physical health.

During recent years, we’ve all had to adjust to massive changes in our lives – both at home and work. It’s been affecting us all in different ways. Our mental health, like our physical health, varies all the time. One day we feel down, and the next, we can feel happier or more positive.

Our mental health and physical health are linked and can affect each other. If we are stressed, our heart beats faster, we breathe harder, and we can even experience pain, for example, like a headache. Looking after our mental health and wellbeing can help improve our physical health too. Equally, when we look after our physical health by staying active, eating or sleeping well, this also improves our mental health.

At Ben, we help automotive people to navigate life and its challenges. We support people who need help with a wide range of issues – everyone is different. We all need a bit of extra support sometimes to help us get over those bumps in the road. If you’re worried about your physical health, mental health or concerned about your general wellbeing, Ben is here to help, especially during difficult times.”

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If you’re struggling to cope, Ben is here for those who work or have worked in the automotive industry and their family dependents. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – call 08081 311 333 or visit for more ways to get in touch. It’s free to get in touch with Ben if you work (or have worked) in the automotive industry or if you are dependent on someone who is.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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