Holcim is deeply committed to the communities in which it operates, and the Group’s investments have delivered benefits to more than 28 million people over the last five years. So when the outbreak started, standing in solidarity with communities happened naturally. Hear from Stephen (UK), Peddanna (India), Causewell (Zimbabwe), Camila and Federico (Argentina), all of whom joined our colleagues in fighting the pandemic with facts, focus and entrepreneurialism.
UK - Preparedness builds resilience
Aggregate Industries’ Stephen Ward, Regional Logistics Manager, played a lead role in supplying Glasgow’s Luisa Jordan Hospital project for local coronavirus patients.
Together with his colleagues, more than 400 contractors and approximately 150 health professionals, the teams donated the concrete and worked around the clock from the end of March to set up a temporary hospital to accommodate around 1,000 patients.
Construction began just as the UK lockdown started. “This required a completely new way of working, with scrupulous measures to maintain social distancing,” he says. Meetings were in staggered shifts and cleaning crews were everywhere to ensure hygiene was maintained for everyone involved. Construction was completed on April 19.
Scotland’s coronavirus cases are now steadily falling. Luckily, the makeshift hospital hasn’t yet been needed though it’s being maintained in case of a second wave. Stephen is most proud of how the community came together: “By remaining resilient and continuing to change and adapt together, the hope is that we will bounce back stronger than ever in a post-coronavirus world.”
Outside the UK, Holcim donated construction materials to build emergency field hospitals in many of its markets, including countries like the US, Qatar, extending to China where the Group helped build one that was set up in just ten days.