Our commitments

Our commitments to environment, social, governance and health & safety standards are not limited to the boundaries of our operation. We act for responsible sourcing in our supply chain, embracing the UNGC Ten Principles and the OECD Guidelines for multinational Enterprises, as Established in our Supplier Code of Conduct.


We collaborate with suppliers to accelerate innovation and find solutions that contribute to reducing our environmental footprint, including CO2 emissions in our supply chain (Scope 3).

CO2 emissions - Scope 3

Holcim is among the first companies worldwide to have its near and long term CO2 targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative for all scopes, setting the reference for our industry.

Find out more about our net zero pledge.

How we reach our commitments

We measure and account for the CO2 in our supply chain, using a comprehensive and rigorous approach, aligned with Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and Global Concrete and Cement Association (GCCA) Scope 3 protocol and externally verified.

We prioritized three categories, representing 75% of the Scope 3 emissions: Transportation (downstream), Fuels and purchased clinker & cement.

Transportation (downstream)

Since 2017, we operate our “Transport Analytics Center” (TAC), an industry-leading digital logistics platform, powered by artificial intelligence, that enables us to become more efficient, safer and reduce CO2 from our transportation activities.

TAC is deployed in 50 markets worldwide, covering ~1.4 billion km each year, with tracking systems in more than 60’000 trucks. This state-of-the-art data-driven technology allows us to optimize truck utilization, routes, and driver behavior. We can calculate real-time CO2 emissions for every single trip.

We constantly follow up on infrastructure and technology development that enable us to reduce CO2 from optimizing transportation modes and fleet. Some successful examples include: fully electric concrete truck mixers in Switzerland, Natural Gas (LNG) fueled trucks in France and Nigeria, Biogas in France and biodiesel in ships in India.


We identify the main source of fuel consumption from the equipment we operate and engage with suppliers in innovation activities to improve energy efficiency.

We integrate CO2 impact in sourcing decisions, by including CO2 as a parameter in the “Total Cost of Ownership” models, starting with Heavy Mobile Equipment (main source of fuel consumption in our quarries).

Aligned with our commitments in the Net Zero Pledge on Scope 1 and 2, we are working to replace fossil fuels with locally sourced, non-extractive fuels to reduce our scope 3 emissions.

Other environmental impacts

Water, air emissions, waste, land use

We identify environmental impact from products and services purchased and engage with suppliers to identify and manage those impacts. We integrate environmental compliance in our sourcing decisions.

How we reach our commitments

We apply a systematic screening methodology to prioritize suppliers that have good environmental governance to identify, monitor and reduce environmental impacts

We monitor performance and address breaches through our Sustainable Procurement program.


Human rights & working conditions

Responsible business conduct is an integral part of our procurement strategy. We actively verify and monitor suppliers' compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct, based on the standards and principles enshrined in the United Nations Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Our commitments:

We conduct due diligence in our supply chain to identify, prevent and address breaches in every market where we operate.


How we reach our commitments:

Governance, sourcing decisions and supplier selection

Sustainability compliance and performance are integrated in the sourcing decisions, in the supplier selection and in the “purchase-to-pay” process. Sustainability is embedded in the Group Procurement Policy and enforced through our Minimum Internal Control Standards and formal contractual terms and conditions aligned with SA 8000. We have a Group “Suppliers Sustainability Management Standard” to support countries on the implementation of responsible sourcing practices.

Identify impact (Supplier prioritization)

We identify potential ESG/H&S impact in our supply chain, by applying a risk-based screening methodology on our supplier base. A 3-steps approach based on:

  • ESG/H&S risks related to the product / services provided
  • Risks exposure related to business relationship (volumes and spend)
  • Country risk level, according to the UN Human Development Index and the Freedom House Index, used as an indication of the business risk environment.
Verify compliance (Supplier qualification)

We verify compliance, following a 3-steps verification approach, based on risk level:

  • Self-assessment questionnaire: we use qualification platforms (for example Avetta or equivalent) to make this step more efficient, consistent and transparent
  • Fact-Finding: we collect evidence to verify breaches identified in the self-assessment.
  • Audits: we conduct field audits to confirm breaches and to verify compliance on high risk procurement categories.

We also apply ongoing human rights due diligence, stakeholder engagement and human rights impact assessments to further identify and address risks and impacts on human rights of suppliers.

Prevent, Mitigate, Cease

We work with our suppliers to identify and prevent potential breaches of our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Where needed we mitigate potential breaches by implementing improvement action plans and supporting supplier development.

When appropriate we cease business relationships with non-compliant suppliers that refuse improvement plans.

We reserve the right to exclude suppliers that are not compliant with local, national or international laws and regulations.

Our suppliers, like our employees and any external stakeholder, have access to our “grievance mechanism line”, an independent platform to raise concerns regarding business practices.

Holcim Integrity Line

Monitor performance

We monitor ESG/H&S performance from our suppliers through our ongoing performance evaluation process, which involves conducting regular meetings and evaluations. Performance is integrated in the “Supplier Scorecard”, where sustainability criteria is weighted among other performance criteria (e.g quality, price, after sale service).

The overall performance of the Procurement function is monitored through a Procurement Dashboard that includes Sustainability as one of the eight leading indicators.

Procurement professionals have annual performance objectives linked to sustainability.


We report the progress of sustainable procurement actions in our Group Sustainability Performance Reports, according to GRI standards, including the following KPIs:

  • Suppliers from national markets (% of total suppliers)
  • Suppliers with supplier code of conduct as part of contractual agreement
  • Countries that have identified high ESG/H&S impact suppliers
  • High ESG/H&S impact suppliers qualified (% spend)

Contractors Health & Safety

Our commitment

We are committed to conduct our business with zero harm to people and to create a healthy and safe environment for our employees, contractors, communities, and customers.

Holcim has a systematic approach to suppliers and contractors’ health and safety management, designed to ensure compliance to applicable laws and regulations and adherence to solid health and safety standards

  • Prequalifying and selecting contractors and suppliers that behave in a responsible manner.
  • Sharing of health and safety requirements at an early stage and engaging through a contract that includes specific health and safety terms and conditions.
  • Onboarding to ensure understanding of the health and safety requirements prior to commencement and train them on relevant procedures or specific hazards associated with the work they will undertake.
  • Monitoring health and safety performance during execution, including through closer engagement with contractors and suppliers, to ensure that health, safety and well-being are managed effectively.
  • Evaluation of performance upon completion of the work and on a periodic basis to recognize and promote continuous improvement.