HeidelbergCement publishes sustainability update, 2009/10

HeidelbergCement publishes sustainability update, 2009/10
Published: 08 September 2011

HeidelbergCement has published the fourth group Sustainability Report. The report focuses on a transparent presentation of the most significant topics relating to sustainability, to comply with the latest standards of reporting.

New this year is that a selection of KPIs from the cement business line concerning occupational health & safety and environmental protection have been subjected to an independent auditor’s review. In doing so, the company increases data quality and likewise complies with the obligations of the Cement Sustainability Initiative of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

The report highlights continual improvements made by the group over the last two years including an increase in alternative fuels rate from 18.5% in 2008 to 20.5% in 2010. The goal for 2020 is to increase the rate to 30%. Another industry-specific key issue is occupational health and safety where HeidelbergCement made good progress in reducing accident rates. Occupational safety will remain a central topic of HeidelbergCement’s sustainability strategy in the coming years.

“Sustainability is a management responsibility and part of our corporate strategy," said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “By means of continuous reporting on our progress we aim at making our business activities transparent and binding – so that all of our stakeholders can clearly see and understand the way in which we operate.