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HeidelbergCement commits to employee access to clean water

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HeidelbergCement has signed the ‘Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the Workplace’, a scheme developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which promotes sustainable practices.

By signing the so-called WASH Pledge, HeidelbergCement is aiming to ensure access to drinking water as well as sanitation and hygiene for all employees.

“With this statement we reinforce our commitment to provide a safe workplace to our employees. Besides, it is also in line with our Sustainability Commitments 2030, which we published already last year. We aim to comply with all requirements of the WASH Pledge at all our 3000 sites within the next three years,” said Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement.

The company has already gained first experience with the implementation of the WASH Pledge at its Indian subsidiary Zuari Cement. Based on this, respective measures will now be implemented throughout the whole group.

By means of a self-assessment tool provided by the WBCSD, signatories have to review their success of implementation. General compliance with local laws and regulations, workplace water supply, workplace sanitation, and workplace hygiene must be assessed, and the results of the self-assessment have to be published.

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