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Holcim releases 2014 Corporate Sustainable Development Report


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  • Company on track to achieve sustainability targets
  • Building on the Holcim Sustainable Development Ambition 2030
  • Commitment to sustainability will carry over to the new Group

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies and has a presence on all continents. With its innovative products and services and a commitment to sustainable development, Holcim is contributing to the success of its customers around the world – as a trusted partner for more than 100 years.
Holcim today released its 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report detailing the Group’s ongoing activities in sustainable development and disclosing data on a number of key sustainability performance indicators. A panel of independent external experts has again contributed to the report by reviewing the report and making recommendations. Key aspects of the report include:

  • Ongoing commitment to Occupational Health and Safety as the number one priority for Holcim.
  • Holcim is on track to achieve its target to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cement by 25% by 2015, compared to 1990.
  • Significantly strengthened compliance activities.
  • Continued progress with the implementation of the Holcim Human Rights Management System.

The report builds on the “Holcim Sustainable Development Ambition 2030” announced in 2013. The Ambition, which was developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and sustainability experts, reflects Holcim’s aspiration to go beyond “business as usual” and to be part of the solution to the challenges of our time. The strategy focusses 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.The report provides the initial measurements and progress against the targets set out in the Ambition and gives details of the definition of Sustainability Enhanced Solutions.

Significantly, 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 focussing on inclusive business solutions and strategic social investments Holcim aspires, by 2030, to have improved the quality of life of 100m people at the base of the pyramid.

In the report, the Holcim Chairman and CFO emphasise the importance of sustainability to the new Group after the merger with Lafarge, underlining the fact that sustainable practices will need to be further enhanced to reflect the higher responsibility that the merged entity will have as the undisputed leader of the sector.

The 2014 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

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