Other sustainability impacts
While the Holcim Sustainable Development Ambition focuses on the topics above, Holcim also manages a number of other sustainability-related issues as part of its business. These include:
By 2011 Holcim had already achieved its target to reduce specific emissions of dust and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 20 percent by 2012 and 2013 respectively, compared with 2004 levels. Focus is now placed on maintaining or even improving the emission levels achieved thus far.
Emission levels of CO2, NOx, dust, and SO2 will be reported at www.holcim.com/sustainable mid-2015.
Holcim is committed to recruiting, employing, developing, and retaining the best people in its sector. Holcim strives to be the most attractive employer in its industry by providing the best possible conditions, acknowledging that its employees are its greatest asset, and recognizing that their expertise, passion, and enthusiasm are the key to Holcim’s performance. Diversity is valued and encouraged.
Unfortunately, the business environment in some regions led to unavoidable adjustments and reduction of capacity. Holcim is aware that the reduction of employment is a painful process, and thus not only complies with local applicable laws – especially with regard to appropriate involvement of labor councils and unions – but treats its employees with respect and tries to find the best possible solutions in the interest of both the employees and the company.
Respecting human rights
Holcim recognizes the importance of respecting human rights and supports the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The principles of the UNGC are reflected in Holcim’s Directives on the use of contract labor and in Holcim’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Furthermore, Holcim has developed a Business Related Human Rights Management System. This system is based on global risk mapping using independent and respected indices. Related assessments are planned for all Group companies and have already been conducted in countries with high inherent risk. Details of Holcim’s Human Rights Management System can be found at www.holcim.com/sustainable.
Holcim recognizes that it can achieve far more by collaborating with others, thus partnerships are an important element of its sustainable development strategy. Holcim is a member of the Corporate Support Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an organization with exceptional credibility in protecting the lives and dignity of victims of conflict and other life-threatening situations. This engagement allows the Group to implement its commitment to sustainable development in conflict-affected regions where both Holcim and the ICRC operate.
Apart from these global partnerships, many Holcim Group companies engage in partnerships at the local level. A list of these partnerships can be found online at www.holcim.com/sustainable.
Listed in leading sustainability indexes
For the twelfth consecutive year Holcim was confirmed as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Holcim also continues to be a member of the FTSE4Good index series. In 2014 Holcim increased its score in the Carbon Disclosure Project.
In 2014 Holcim was rated sector leader in the Tomorrow’s Value Rating (TVR), conducted by the respected DNV GL Group. This rating evaluates the sustainability performance of 45 major companies across five key domains: strategy, engagement, governance, innovation, and value chain.