Holcim’s 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report details the Group’s ongoing activities in sustainable development and discloses data on a number of key sustainability performance indicators. A summary of some of the highlights from the report is included below.
Occupational Health and Safety is the number one priority for Holcim and key to ensuring continued business success. In 2013, Holcim achieved a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate for direct employees of 1.3. Holcim will continue to work hard pursuing the “Zero Harm to People” objective of the Group. A specific example on how Holcim is doing this is included in the report.
Reducing CO2 emissions
Holcim is on track to achieve its target to reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 25% by 2015, compared to 1990 and by the end of 2013 had achieved a reduction of 24.3%. With net emissions of 572 kg of CO2/t of cement, Holcim remains the leader in the industry with the lowest CO2 intensity. In 2013, Holcim had an average of 69.8% clinker in its cement – also among the lowest in the industry.
Holcim also made progress in a number of other fields. The Group has significantly strengthened its compliance activities by enlarging and further defining the compliance function. There has been progress with the implementation of the Holcim Human Rights Management System, and six human rights impact assessments have been carried out and follow up actions identified and instituted. Furthermore, a supplier code of conduct, based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact has been published and communicated to all of the Group’s suppliers. Work has also continued with the implementation of the Holcim Water Management System and, in 2012, an efficiency target was announced to reduce water consumption per tonne of product by 20% by 2020, when compared to 2012. In addition, Holcim overarchieved its target to develop a Biodiversity Action Plan for 80% of “biodiversity sensitive” sites by the end of 2013, achieving a 90% implementation rate.
Renewed commitment to sustainability
Holcim has renewed its commitment to sustainability by outlining the Group’s long term ambitions and interim targets for sustainable development as part of its Holcim Sustainable Development Ambition 2030, covered in this report. The strategy, which was developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and sustainability experts, focuses on activities in the areas of Climate, Resources and Communities with an intention to significantly increase the Group’s portfolio of sustainability enhancing products and services.
By 2030, Holcim aspires to maintain net CO2 emissions at 2013 levels, across the whole life cycle of its products by compensating or offsetting any increases in emissions from its operations through products and services that reduce emissions from buildings and infrastructure. The Group further aspires to show a positive impact on water resources in water scarce areas and demonstrate a positive change for biodiversity. By focusing on inclusive business solutions and strategic social investments Holcim aspires, by 2030, to have improved the quality of life of 100 million people at the base of the pyramid.
CEO Bernard Fontana said: “Reflecting our vision to provide foundations for society’s future sustainable environmental performance and corporate responsibility are firm parts of Holcim’s business strategy. This mindset has also been part of the foundation of our Holcim Leadership Journey and the performance indicators we release with the report today confirm that we are making further progress in reaching our sustainability targets.”
The 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report report was assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers and is in accordance with the GRI G4 reporting framework at a comprehensive level. The report can be downloaded from www.holcim.com/sustainable.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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