Contributing to the global agenda
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collective response to building a fair and free world, requiring bold and transformative steps towards sustainability. We can only do this by understanding our role in the world and where we can best apply our efforts to achieve systemic results.
We believe that if sustainability is not on your agenda in the cement and mining industries, you are doomed to go out of business. Shortages of resources such as energy, water and raw materials are challenging the industries to produce more for less. In order to obtain a legal and social license to operate, companies must take full account of the environment, people and the economy. Our vision, ‘we drive success through sustainable productivity enhancement’, shows that we are committed to helping our customers overcome exactly these challenges. This has wide-scale repercussions, and partnering with our customers has the potential to advance the SDGs significantly.
Advanced technology, innovation, and a never-ending curiosity combined with eagerness to discover new solutions is how we do it. But we cannot do it alone. Our industries have a large environmental footprint, and we need to collaborate within the industries and with other industries in order to find sustainable solutions that help reduce this footprint.
That is why we are committed to the Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration across the globe and across industries is the least we can do to help mitigate climate change.
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
By providing sustainable innovation for water management, we support the work towards ensuring access to clean water in areas where water resources are scarce.
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
Providing energy-efficient technology to customers around the world means that our customers do not require as much energy from the national grid.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Decoupling environmental degradation from economic growth is crucial to sustainable development. We support this through the development of national economies both by internal operations, as well as improving the productivity and impacts of customers and suppliers. Providing employment opportunities within our company is a direct contribution to local and national employment.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Cement and minerals form the foundation for infrastructure and technology in all aspects of life. Producing them responsibly goes a long way towards promoting sustainable development. We provide products, projects and services to industries that produce these essential materials for societies to develop and function. As innovation is central to our business model, developing clean and environmentally-sound technologies drives not only our company, but both of our industries and the world in a sustainable direction.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
We are fully committed to advancing sustainable production and consumption patterns internally and in the goods and services we deliver. Focusing on improving supplier performance and delivering technologies and services that improve our customers’ ability to produce more with less is central to our business model. This ensures sound management of resources and significantly lower emissions to air, water and soil, minimising their adverse effects on the environment and on human health. Furthermore, being responsible also means doing business ethically; and to stem fraud or corruption of any kind.
SDG 13: Climate action
Through sustainable innovations and technologies that reduce the need for energy and water, our contribution to mitigating climate change is massive in scale. Considering the fact that our products can run for decades, any improvement we make in the design or operation of them has large-scale industrial implications.
SDG 17: Partnership for the SDGs
Collaboration is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We partner with our customers, suppliers, with industry associations and other stakeholders in our industries as well as in adjacent industries to bring the most innovative and sustainable solutions to light. We also participate in various business networks sharing knowledge and best practices.
You can find out more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals here.