UN Sustainable Development Goals

Committed to making our contribution to UN SDGs


At Holcim, we work to have a positive impact on all 17 SDGs, with a particular focus on 9 goals where we can make a significant difference. These principles guide our strategy and help us build progress for people and the planet.

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Through sustainable building solutions, we enable cost-effective and durable construction to protect people from the effects of natural disasters and climate change. We also provide affordable housing, fair and safe work, and we purchase goods and services from national markets to boost each country’s GDP.

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Holcim helps boost local workers’ income through our sustainable agriculture projects and procurement of residual agricultural biomass as an alternative fuel. We equally support employability and entrepreneurship in local communities through training and education, and we build durable and resilient roads in agriculturally productive areas to reduce food loss during transport.

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Our strategy includes providing decent housing, clean water and sanitation, affordable energy and accessible healthcare. We prioritize health and safety throughout our business, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, communities and customers.

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At Holcim, we invest in training our workforce, developing new talent and educating local communities. We partner with academic institutions to mentor students and facilitate research to advance the sustainable construction industry.

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We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive company. Holcim is an equal opportunities employer that makes no distinctions on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. We have committed to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, and our gender diversity is globally recognized – we feature in Forbes’ World's Top Female-Friendly Companies.

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We actively manage our water use to lower consumption, reduce pollution and protect water-related ecosystems. Concrete has a vital role to play in the building of resilient and sustainable water infrastructure. We therefore provide a number of solutions to reduce water use and the risk of flooding.

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Our net-zero pledge guides our objectives of reducing our energy consumption, increasing renewable energy use and using alternative fuels. Our concrete ranges offer strength, durability and resilience to climate-related and natural disasters. An essential building material for energy-related construction, concrete has numerous applications from geothermal projects to wind turbine foundations.

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Holcim has a global presence and is often the largest employer in the community. We take seriously our responsibility to provide safe, fair and decent work. Through job creation and community projects, we strive to have a positive impact in the local area.

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Innovation is at the heart of our strategy and we partner with researchers, start-ups and industry leaders to advance R&D in the sustainable construction industry. Our infrastructure solutions aim to meet today’s challenges: energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, a low environmental footprint, and high standards of health, wellbeing and comfort.

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Our green building materials contribute to the construction of durable and cost-effective infrastructure and housing. As a responsible employer, we also play an important role in reducing inequalities through equal training, fair and transparent hiring practices, decent wages and professional development opportunities.

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We are developing our green building solutions to meet the challenges of rising populations and growing urbanization, and to enable the construction of green cities. In addition to working with local communities, providing affordable housing and offering sustainable building materials, we have partnered with Bloomberg to create the Circular Cities Barometer.

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We are an industry leader in recycling, following the circular economy’s “reduce, reuse, recycle” principles. Through smart design and sustainable building materials, we are building more with less and guiding the transition to a more responsible construction industry.

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Our climate actions are based on our net-zero targets, validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative. We are continuously finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint, developing green building materials and making our operations more circular. Our carbon capture pilot projects are a promising step toward net-zero.

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Our durable concrete ranges are ideal for building artificial reefs and coastal protection to preserve marine biodiversity. We are also actively helping prevent ocean pollution from plastics and other waste materials. Our solar-powered catamaran, the Circular Explorer, recovers and recycles plastic waste before it enters the ocean.

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We strive to be a nature-positive business with a strong commitment to preserving biodiversity. Our science-based indicators guide us in protecting natural ecosystems and biodiversity. We regularly assess our impact on the environment in areas such as forest protection, wildlife and soils.

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We are committed to transparency and compliance in all aspects of our business, with a strict human rights policy. Our code of business conduct offers best practices and ensures that all directors, officers and employees share Holcim's commitment to conducting business with integrity.

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We understand the importance of collaboration to meet SDGs. We engage with stakeholders at all levels, from local to national to global. Our commitments and partnerships include being part of the Science Based Targets Network Corporate Engagement Program, the World Green Building Council, and the United Nations Global Compact.

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