Key success factors

Holcim’s vision is to provide foundations for society’s future. To do so, the Group supplies customers around the globe with cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, concrete products, asphalt, and associated services and solutions. From around 1,500 production sites located in all major markets of the world, Holcim supports construction work efficiently, sustainably, and safely. The Group seeks to grow its business with the customers and societies it serves. As a consequence, the asset footprint reflects the growth development of the construction industry, with two-thirds of the Group’s capacity located in the growing emerging markets of Latin America and Asia.

Strategy supports program to increase rate of return on invested capital

Holcim’s strategy is based on three principles of success: focus on the Group’s core construction materials businesses, targeted and broad-based geographical diversification with continually improving positions in growth markets, and a balance between global strategic and local operational leadership. These principles have proven effective throughout diverse economic environments, allowing for decisive and rapid response to changing business conditions. A good example of this is the Holcim Leadership Journey, launched in May 2012 (see the following section).

Central pillars of value creation

Creating added value is Holcim’s paramount objective, an objective that is based on the three strategic pillars and determines guidelines in the functional sectors. The most important foundation on which everything rests is a workforce that gives its best on a daily basis.