HeidelbergCement release Sustainability Report 2018
Tenth report focuses on climate protection, occupational safety and environmentally responsible production processes
HeidelbergCement have published their Sustainability Report for the 2018 financial year, which shows how the company is setting clear priorities in climate protection through a series of ambitious emission-reduction targets that have been recognized by the Science-Based Targets initiative.
‘Cutting our CO2 emissions and handling natural resources considerately are priorities for all our business lines,’ said Dr Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. ‘We focus primarily on the development of sustainable products and the implementation of concrete measures at plant level in order to achieve our sustainability goals.’
The company’s sustainability activities are based on the Sustainability Commitments 2030 adopted in 2017, which define the principles and objectives of the sustainability strategy until 2030.
HeidelbergCement have set themselves the target of a 30% reduction in their specific net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 2030, compared with 1990, and intend to realize their vision of CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest.
In addition to climate protection and emission reduction, the company’s tenth Sustainability Report highlights the broad spectrum of HeidelbergCement’s sustainability activities, providing detailed information on key topics such as human rights and compliance as well as occupational health and safety, on which intensive training and education measures were carried out in all Group countries in the 2018 reporting year.
In addition, the report documents the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and the intensive exchange with various stakeholder groups in areas such as supply chain and supplier management, research and development, biodiversity, responsible land use and water protection.
‘Our sustainability strategy focuses on local responsibility towards our employees and our neighbours as well as the environment,’ said Dr Scheifele. ‘The report is intended to make this strategy transparent and comprehensible by providing a detailed description of all key issues, projects and measures, backed up by relevant key figures.’
The report, a copy of which can be downloaded below, complies with the established standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and also underlines the Group’s commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact (UN GC) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).