Why we do this
1.2 billion people around the world do not have access to decent housing and infrastructure. To address this need, our contribution to society focuses on developing affordable housing and infrastructure solutions together with governments and people on low incomes in different countries.
Enabling people and communities to build affordable, decent housing and infrastructure will make a positive social impact by improving living standards. Leveraging our business skills and market knowledge creates both additional benefits for people and for our business – and helps us to meet our own ambitious goals and societal expectations.
Positive impacts linked to our business
Our business is predominantly local in the 2,300 sites across 70 countries where we operate. We are an integral part of communities where we operate and provide access to work, training and skills, and source locally wherever possible. Today, 80% of our procurement spend directly benefits local and national markets.
Our people strategy is committed to continue creating shared value and uplifting the wellbeing of communities worldwide. The strategy focuses on three pillars: bridging the world’s housing and infrastructure gap, improving livelihoods and upholding the highest standards of human rights. Holcim’s commitment builds on our legacy of positive social impact, having benefited over 31 million people with more than CHF 200m in social investment over the last five years.