Health and safety

A rigorous approach to protect the health and safety of our people

Holcim aims to protect the physical, mental and social wellbeing of its people. That means conducting our business with zero harm and providing a healthy and safe environment to employees, contractors, communities and customers. Our comprehensive policies and training support this aim.

Our progress in numbers

-19% lost time injury frequency rate

between 2022 and 2023

20% of our employees

have first aid certification

Global commitment and ambition

Health, safety and environment (HSE) is a core value at Holcim. To achieve zero harm, we are pursuing the following goals:

  • Reducing occupational health exposures to reach zero illnesses and injuries
  • Enhancing workforce wellbeing, engagement and performance
  • Facilitating attendance, productivity and retention of employees with illnesses or disabilities, where possible
  • Improving healthcare access in local communities
  • Enhancing endemic and pandemic disease preparedness

To engage our employees and stakeholders, we perform cultural assessments and hold annual Global HSE Days. Employees have access to visual tools and a growing library of e-learning modules, produced in-house.


Promoting wellbeing at work 

The six pillars of our Foundations of Wellbeing framework raise awareness about mental health and promote a behavioral shift toward improved employee wellbeing. Each pillar has operational objectives for country-level implementation, supported by Group-wide tools, materials and guidance.

On the road to improved safety for drivers

Creating a safe road environment is a top priority for Holcim since we rely heavily on transport to conduct our business. In 2016, we launched a road safety program based on three key items:

  • Driver training journey management
  • In-vehicle monitoring systems
  • Driver feedback and coaching

In 2023 we launched our new DriveSuccess workshops in five countries to align all our logistics stakeholders on shared goals. They engaged over 1,800 drivers, 70 transporters and nearly 60 senior leaders. During UN Road Safety Week, we campaigned for safe following distances in 34 countries, reaching over 16,000 drivers.

Holcim recognized as global road safety leader

In 2021, Holcim received the Prince Michael International Award in the “fleet safety” category. Widely recognized as the “Nobel Prize in road safety", the Prince Michael International Award is given to the most outstanding road safety achievements worldwide. The award highlighted our drivers’ relentless focus on safety following our second consecutive year with zero employee road fatalities.

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