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At Holcim, we are committed to delivering a nature-positive future.

With the launch of our nature strategy in September 2021, Holcim is among the 1% of the 500 largest global companies with science-driven biodiversity targets, and the first in our sector with a freshwater replenishment commitment.

Our nature strategy sets out measurable 2030 targets to restore and preserve biodiversity and water, while at the same time bringing more nature into cities.

 

Our focus areas

Biodiversity

Our positive impact on biodiversity is based on transformative rehabilitation plans and measured by a science-based methodology developed in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Water

Preserving water across our business, we aim to replenish freshwater in water-risk areas while lowering water intensity across all our product lines.

 

 

Our targets

33
%
reduction of water intensity in Cement

by 2030, compared to 2018 baseline

20
%
reduction of water intensity in Aggregates

by 2030, compared to 2018 baseline

15
%
reduction of water intensity in Ready-Mix Concrete

by 2030, compared to 2018 baseline

75
%
of sites in water-risk areas to be water-positive

by 2030

100
%
of sites in water-risk areas to be equipped with water recycling systems

by 2030

100
%
of water discharged to meet Holcim water quality standards and in-country regulations

by 2026

100
%
of quarries to have biodiversity management and rehabilitation plan

by 2022

100
%
of managed land to complete global Biodiversity Indicator Reporting System baseline

by 2024

100
%
of environmentally critical suppliers to operate according to recognized environmental management systems

by 2022

Learn more about our advocacy for nature

Science based pathways

We advocate the development of a common framework to measure and monitor the impact of activities on biodiversity and freshwater to allow for better target-setting and the measurement of improvements. Global targets and science-based indicators are essential to provide direction for business. We support the development of frameworks that enable organisations to identify, measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital, including the integration of ecosystem service values in the assessment of natural resources.

We are committed to delivering our actions in a rigorous, science-based manner. As such we are now part of the Science Based Targets Network Corporate Engagement Program to test the new methods, guidance and tools being set.

Partnerships and engagements

We support an active role for businesses in enhancing Nature. However, partnerships with local experts are crucial to optimize our impact. We advocate collaboration that accelerates action.

As an example, Holcim’s Chief Executive Officer Jan Jenisch signed the Call to Action of Business for Nature, which brings together influential organizations and forward-thinking businesses seeking to reverse nature loss. We aim to positively influence policymakers who are discussing international agreements on nature and climate change. Our Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer Magali Anderson is a member of the Business for Nature’s Strategic Advisory Group, supporting them to set directions and prioritize actions.

Holcim is enhancing the assessment, reporting and action on our dependencies and impacts on nature across our 2300 sites in 70 countries. We are excited to be contributing to the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)’s efforts to develop a framework that can guide business operations to deliver a nature-positive future. This will complement our ongoing work with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) which we have been an official supporter of since 2017.

We are also a signatory of the CEO Water Mandate and the WASH pledge strengthening our water stewardship commitments.

    Public policies and incentives

    We believe businesses have an active role to play in providing solutions for nature. Nevertheless, public policies are key to accelerate actions in this decade to reverse nature loss. For biodiversity, we support the establishment of mandatory rehabilitation requirements in all countries. Those requirements should encourage ecosystem restoration including: high-diversity fauna and flora, restoration based on endemic species, continuity with neighbouring natural landscapes and spaces, and progressive rehabilitation, i.e. rehabilitation taking place simultaneously with extraction work. Incentives can facilitate the protection of endangered species, particularly in biodiversity sensitive areas. For a greater impact on freshwater reduction, government mandates and incentives are necessary to promote investment in technologies for rain harvesting, optimization of water use in processes, and affordable low-carbon energy desalination.

    Our mandatory Water Directive sets the rules for managing water in a responsible and sustainable manner. It includes aspects of legal compliance, establishing operational water footprint, risk assessment and stakeholder engagement. In biodiversity, a mandatory Quarry Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Directive sets the framework to manage risks, as well as measures to protect and enhance biodiversity.

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