The Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility for strategy and overall governance of the company.
The HSSC advises the Board of Directors on all matters related to sustainable development, including those related to climate and energy. The HSSC reviews and approves the company’s climaterelated plans and targets.
The Committee consists of four members of the Board of Directors. The Chairperson of the Board of Directors (unless a member of the HSSC), the Group CEO, Chief Sustainability & Innovation Officer (CSIO), Head of Legal and Compliance, Head of Security and the Head of Health, Safety and Environment participate as standing guests. The committee meets at least quarterly.
The Executive Committee is ultimately responsible for execution of the climate and energy strategy, and climate-related issues are managed on an operational level by the CSIO, an Executive Committee-level position. The CSIO is supported by a sustainability core team.
The sustainability core team is a cross-disciplined department which is responsible to develop and oversee the deployment of Holcim’s sustainability strategy. The R&D team also plays a key role, with more than half of the time spent by our researchers at the Innovation Centers in Holderbank, Switzerland and Lyon, France, dedicated to low-carbon products and more than 45% of our patents currently in this area and a further 20% related to other sustainability topics.