Diversity and inclusion

 

Your experience is what makes you unique – we empower people to bring their whole selves to work
 

Expectations are high for business to be part of the solution in tackling climate change, inequality and other global challenges. In building a sustainable and innovative business for the future, Holcim aims to uncover different perspectives and create equitable opportunities for all types of people to grow and to thrive, now and in the future. This applies to our 70,000 employees – people with diverse backgrounds, cultures, generations, expertise and abilities. It also describes how we engage with contractors, communities, customers and suppliers.

WE CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS TO THRIVE - NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE

At Holcim we offer an inclusive environment, where our people feel comfortable bringing their authentic self to work. We offer a high-performance workplace empowering problem solvers, creative thinkers and innovators to seek combined perspectives and voice opportunities to go further and faster. Our workplace is a safe environment where individuals can be themselves and where we promote a diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunities employer, making no distinction on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age. People are treated fairly at work – respecting and supporting human rights and non-discrimination. This is rooted in the values and standards set out in the Holcim Code of Business Conduct.

OUR COMMITMENT TO INCREASING GENDER INCLUSIVITY
 

We are committed to building an increasingly diverse workforce with targeted interventions with specific focus at Group level on gender equality and preparing for the next generation of talent. In line with industry trends our workforce currently comprises 14% women, and we have mobilized to increase this share. Our goal is to have women represent at least 25% of our senior management by 2025. In March 2021, we became a signatory of the UN Women’s Empowerment principles. As of that time women represented 36% of our Board, 30% of the Group Executive Committee and 18% at all management levels.

Meet Linda
“Diversity, to me, is a key to success, it's the chance for a company to progress, to go further and further. It means bringing together several points of view, several ways of doing things, several techniques, several cultures in order to achieve a common goal.”
Linda Mansuela, Special Product Development Officer, LafargeHolcim France
Meet Thomas

“Through diversity, we can gather a great variety of inspiring ideas and opinions from all employees to ensure that we remain open minded and supply customers with great products.”
Thomas Mcgraw, Concrete Lab Manager, Canada

Meet Cinthia

“Inclusion is what makes the Loma Alta Plant so special because over 52% of the workforce is made up of women. And that’s where you see how colleagues work as a team so that every single one of them can strengthen their skills.”
Cinthia Ordóñez , Aggregates Lab Technician, Holcim Ecuador

OUR ACTIONS TO BUILD A DIVERSE WORKFORCE

Our people are empowered locally to create the conditions for a diverse and inclusive workforce, with particular emphasis on gender balance in sales and operational roles and developing talent at an early career stage. Inspiring future generations and hiring a talent pipeline are key to becoming an employer of choice, especially for those that would not traditionally consider a career in building solutions. We offer our employees opportunities to build and advance their careers by promoting access to education, training and networking. From a clear articulation of what we stand for to participating in community initiatives, our inclusive culture and social actions nurture professional growth and retention.

“I am delighted to sign the UN Women's Empowerment principles. It elevates our efforts to promote gender equality and foster a fair workplace where all can be safe and thrive. This is essential to building a sustainable and innovative business for the future.”

JAN JENISCH, CEO HOLCIM
Argentina: more women in engineering

In Argentina we launched a specific program to welcome more women in technical positions, which led to a 41% increase in 3 years. See how their achievements are paving the way for future women in technical positions.

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Uganda: women on wheels

Having more women behind the wheel brings clear safety, running cost and maintenance cost advantages, which makes this a true win-win program.

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