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Spanish cement industry reaffirms environmental commitment

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Each cement factory based in Spain provides, on average, €17.2 million each year of gross value to the economy of their environment. This was one of the conclusions of the study on CSR in the cement sector developed by the CEMA Foundation, presented at the auditorium of the Abertis Foundation in Madrid.

The report, the first of its kind produced by the cement industry, shows that this attitude of collaboration in economic and social development of the communities in which it operates, is not new, since the cement industry, centennial in Spain, has numerous examples of commitments made to the environment, long before the term was coined Corporate Social Responsibility.

"The completion of this study, at a time when the industry is going through the worst economic crisis in its history, demonstrates the long term commitment of the cement industry to CSR," said the president of Oficemen and CEMA, Jaime Ruiz de Haro.

Meanwhile, Vicente Sanchez, Secretary General of CCOO Construction and Services and vice president of CEMA Foundation, stated that "companies in the cement sector understood long ago that its shareholders were not its only interest group, but also had to respond to the demands of trade unions, public administrations, neighbourhood platforms, and non-governmental organisations".

"The development of CSR is a factor of balance between wealth creation, generating more and better jobs, environmental protection and progress of social cohesion and equity," he added during the act of secretary General presentation MCA-UGT, Federation of Industry, and vice president of CEMA Foundation, Carlos Romero.

The closing ceremony was performed by Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, MEP of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and former Chairman of the Subcommittee on CSR in the Congress of Deputies.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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