The business case for water
Water is a natural resource used at all Holcim operational sites across the world. Conscious of growing global water sustainability challenges, Holcim, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has developed and implemented a water management scheme for all its business units worldwide. Striving to sustain this precious resource, the cement producer has been employing innovative approaches alongside practical solutions and engaging with stakeholders to address water issues and increase water sustainability. Group companies Ambuja Cement Ltd (India) and Holcim Colombia SA provide an insight into Holcim’s water management efforts. By Meg Garakani, Holcim, Switzerland.
Water has become a growing sustainability challenge for both businesses and society. As the population on the planet rises we will face rising water, energy and food demands, creating serious water scarcity issues globally (see panel).