Holcim has been working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2007, striving to achieve better biodiversity conservation. Our first IUCN partnership developed a Biodiversity Management System (BMS). The second saw the BMS implemented across the Group. This included creating an indicator system to measure biodiversity changes at extraction sites and guidelines for the cement and aggregates sector for integrating biodiversity management into business operations

The partnership with the IUCN concluded at the end of 2013, with a series of useful tools and recommendations developed. The parties will continue to collaborate in the future with a focus on implementation of the tools within Holcim and to scale up in the wider sector. 


  • By 2030, we aspire to achieve a positive change for biodiversity.

With support from IUCN and the Biodiversity Advisory Panel, Holcim will begin the implementation of a Biodiversity Indicators System to assist operations understand and carry out habitat assessments. Holcim committed to a target that by the end of 2014, 80% of “biodiversity sensitive” sites would have a Biodiversity Action Plan in place. At year end, 82% of such sites had implemented a Biodiversity Action Plan. 

By 2020, we will use the biodiversity reporting system we have developed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to assess our extraction sites against a number of habitat indicators and report year-on-year improvements in biodiversity management. Between 2020 and 2030, we aspire to demonstrate a positive change for biodiversity.

Holcim Lebanon Quarry rehabilitation