Despite the difficult economic climate, Holcim reports that it has remained committed to sustainable development, as shown by the fact that:
its 2010 carbon dioxide target was achieved ahead of schedule
80 per cent of its product portfolio is now composite cements
thermal energy derived from alternative fuels continues to increase
its Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate has been reduced by 74 per cent since 2004
productive partnerships are in place with IUCN and ICRC.
The report also looks to the future and details new targets for further carbon dioxide reduction per tonne of cement, for Biodiversity Action Plans to be introduced for sensitive sites, and Community Engagement Plans to be developed by all Group companies.
The report has been assured against the AA1000 standard by an independent assurance provider. It includes feedback from various stakeholders and verification of carbon dioxide emissions and OH&S data by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report has additionally been checked by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for an A+ application level against the GRI G3 reporting framework.
The Group has been named in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for seven years and again received the SAM Gold Class classification for 2009.Further information can be obtained from http://www.holcim.com/sustainable