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.

>180 million CHF

contributed toward affordable housing and social initiatives over the last 5 years

3 million

people benefitted from our inclusive business programs, social investments and donations in 2022

>30,000

hours spent volunteering by our employees in their local communities in 2022

Addressing a vital need for people


By 2030, an estimated 3 billion people will lack access to adequate housing. 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 support 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 with an overall contribution of 350 million CHF by 2030
  • 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

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.

Partnering with Holcim channels market power and digitalization to improve living standards for those most in need. It will require an estimated $16 trillion to close the global affordable housing deficit, only $3 trillion of which is estimated to come from governments and nonprofits. Closing this gap becomes possible when the private sector steps into new markets to provide affordable housing products and services. This partnership highlights the critical role that private sector partners like Holcim can play in increasing access to affordable housing for low-income families.

Jonathan Reckford| CEO Habitat for Humanity International

How we are making it happen

Mvule Gardens

Mvule Gardens is the largest 3D-printed affordable housing project to date. The project was led by 14Trees, a Holcim and British International Investment (BII) joint venture driving innovative, sustainable and affordable construction solutions.

Training new talent

The Holcim Technical School in Romania was created with the aim of enriching the construction industry’s talent pipeline by providing free education to twenty high school graduates who will then join our company after finishing their studies.

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