Chinese join cement initiative – at lastJanuary 2010
A global cement industry sustainability initiative has taken a significant step forward by finally managing to bring some Chinese cement companies into its ranks.
The three Chinese firms – CNBM, Tianrui and Sinoma – are now members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a group of companies that have agreed to incorporate sustainable development into their business strategies and operations.
China’s rapidly expanding cement industry accounts for almost half of the world’s cement production, and the three companies joining the initiative together produce almost as much cement as the whole of Europe combined.
Members of the group had been trying to recruit Chinese firms to take part in their programme of social and environmental improvements since 2005 (EP7, issue 3, p3).
Bruno Lafont, chief executive of Lafarge and co-chair of the CSI, said: ‘We are happy and proud to see that very important Chinese cement players are joining us. The membership of CNBM, Tianrui and Sinoma will enlarge the scope of action and representativeness of our response to the challenges of sustainability.’
An industry trade body, the Chinese Cement Association, has also joined the initiative, raising hopes that more of its members will follow suit shortly. The CSI now has 21 members with operations in more than 100 countries.
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