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.
We help to make communities more resilient by improving access to affordable housing and infrastructure, health care, education, skills and better livelihoods. We put in place social initiatives and focus our efforts on helping the most disadvantaged; we also support emergency relief efforts.
Over the past five years, we have invested CHF 216 million in community projects, benefitting over 31 million people around the world. In 2020, we spent CHF 35.6 million on social investments, inclusive business programs, and donations. Around 5,000 employees throughout the Group spent over 50,000 hours on volunteering programs in their local communities.
Our social initiatives focus on three main areas to benefit communities:
Affordable housing and infrastructure;
and education and skills.