Communities

thriving with our communities


At Holcim, we are on our journey to promote sustainable development through innovative building materials and solutions. While working to achieve this, we remain fully committed to creating a positive social impact in the communities where we operate.

>200 MILLION CHF
contributed toward affordable housing and social initiatives over the last 5 years
30 MILLION

people benefited from our inclusive business programs, social investments and donations over the last 5 years

>3200

houses, schools and hospitals built or renovated as part of our social initiatives in 2021

Addressing a vital need for people


Approximately 1.6 billion people lack adequate housing and infrastructure in the world today. Holcim is partnering with communities and governments in numerous countries to address this pressing global issue.

Together, we are helping raise the standard of living for people with low incomes and contributing to a far-reaching impact for society as a whole.

Our experts develop innovative solutions that bridge the gap in affordable housing and infrastructure. By leveraging our deep market knowledge and infrastructure expertise, we can benefit people and communities globally while contributing to the long-term success of our business.

Taking action for positive social impact


Our journey to build progress for people and the planet involves a strong commitment to delivering positive social impacts over time.

We commit to:

  • Improving living standards for all by accelerating access to adequate housing and infrastructure
  • Continuing to support communities through a broad range of initiatives covering health, education and skill building
  • Developing inclusive infrastructure solutions such as scalable affordable housing and sustainable rural roads
  • Contributing 500 million CHF by 2030 toward the development of affordable housing and social initiatives in the communities in which we operate

Collaborations and partnerships with NGOs and UN entities are crucial to our success in supporting people and communities. We work closely with the UK’s CDC Group to create ecosystems for affordable housing and infrastructure development, deploying market-based approaches and innovative technologies such as 3D printing.

Mvule Gardens, Kenya


More than 3 billion people are expected to require affordable housing by 2030. In partnership with 14Trees, a joint venture with the UK’s CDC Group, we built the world’s first 3D-printed school in Malawi. We are now developing Mvule Gardens, a 52-unit housing project in Kili, Kenya – also made using our TectorPrint 3D printing ink.
 

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