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CEMEX strengthens commitment to UN SDGs

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CEMEX has announced that it is strengthening its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritising five goals that are directly connected with the company’s business and which represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. These five goals are focused on the promotion of decent employment and economic growth (SDG 8), innovation and infrastructure development (SDG 9), climate change mitigation (SDG 13), environmental and ecosystem conservation (SDG 15), and the advancement of sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11).

The five priority SDGs represent the greatest opportunities to contribute further and to identify new business opportunities that are connected with CEMEX’s business strategy, such as innovation, R&D, employability, climate change, diversity, and education, etc. In 2018, 26% of the company’s power supply for cement operations came from renewable energy, contributing directly to four out of five of the priority SDGs. In 2019, CEMEX expects to continue embedding the UN SDGs into the business processes to create systematic change, increase engagement, promote a sense of purpose, and raise awareness among its stakeholders.

CEMEX’s commitment to the UN SDGs is also highlighted by the signing of the collaboration agreement between the federal government of Mexico, the private sector, represented by the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), and the local Global Compact Network in Mexico. The agreement, which was signed 27 May 2019, aims to ensure that every company, including small and medium-sized enterprises, form a part of this joint effort to use the UN SDGs to align the company’s resources, transform who the company is and how it does business, and how it positively impacts people and the planet.

“Consistent with our commitment to the UN SDGs, we continue to contribute to these global goals and develop business opportunities for our company by creating shared value for society,” said Fernando A. González, CEO of CEMEX. “We invite the private sector to join this commitment and generate inclusive prosperity and sustainable development.”

“For 15 years, Global Compact Network Mexico has inspired Mexican companies to embed the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into their core business strategies,” said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “By laying out a clear framework for collaboration, the new agreement between Mexican businesses, government, and civil society represents an important step towards achieving the SDGs.”

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