Saturday 3 December 2022

Cement Sustainability Initiative

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10 years of

“Several global trends, despite important regional differences, are expected to impact the cement industry over the following decade’’

Taking action for a global sectoral approach

The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global effort by 23 leading cement producers, with operations in more than 100 countries. Initiated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, over its 10-year history, the CSI has focused on understanding, managing and minimizing the impacts of cement production and use by addressing a range of issues, including: climate change, fuel use, employee health and safety, air emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.

Following the 2002 Agenda for Action, CSI companies committed to take action needed to prepare their industry for a more sustainable future. The Agenda proposed both joint projects and individual company actions. The CSI has made good progress on all joint projects, while individual companies are also on track to fulfill commitments taken and meet emissions reduction targets.

To date, the CSI remains one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector.

In 2010 the CSI set about to review its mission, work program and structure after 10 years of successful collaborative action. Continued expansion of membership, particularly in rapidly developing regions (China, India, South America), underlines the significance of this initiative for the industry, as well as the positive outcome of collaborative action.

Key achievements related to 10 years of action

  • Guidelines developed on critical topics including safety, emissions management, the use of fuels and raw materials, and environmental impact assessment. Individual companies incorporated these guidelines and set their own targets while reporting publicly on their progress.
  • Good industry practices collected and distributed among all CSI members to enhance further improvements in respect to communication with stakeholders, contractors’ crew management and road safety.
  • A robust set of key performance indicators which track progress on major sustainability issues for the sector (CO2 and other emissions, safety, alternative fuel use) has been agreed and used to measure progress achieved and allow benchmarking for further improvement.

The CSI is a well-regarded platform for stakeholder engagement. Several consultations and partnerships involving individual companies evolved out of CSI-initiated engagements.

As a core member of CSI, TITAN has focused since 2003 on the implementation of the commonly agreed «Agenda for Action» where prevailing issues were how to mitigate global warming, efficiently use raw materials and fuel, reduce emissions, and ensure health and safety. Following this commitment which was created as a vision for the following twenty years, ΤΙΤΑΝ joined the CSI working groups established for each key challenge. TITAN has fully incorporated CSI tools and guidelines and continuously works on learning and disseminating best practices aiming at continuous improvement.

In 2006, environmental and safety targets at both Group and local level were set for all TITAN cement activities. External assessment and verification of performance against targets started in 2007. By the end of 2010 all wholly owned TITAN operations had been included in the scope of this assessment (see WBCSD/CSI Progress Review).

Moreover, an invitation to lead the initiative as a co-chair from 2011 was accepted by TITAN top management. TITAN already leads the «Biodiversity and Land Stewardship» CSI task force.

TITAN Group pledges

Aligned with TITAN Group Values and Code of Conduct are the following pledges and international standards :

  • U.N. Global Compact
  • AA1000 Accountability Principles Standard
  • ISO 14001: 2004 Enviromental Management System Certification
  • OHSAS 18001
  • SA 8000 Social Accountability
  • GRI (reporting guidelines)
  • WBCSD/CSI (sectoral initiative)
  • E.U. Business Alliance for CSR (European initiative)

All the above are closely related to ISO 26000 CSR principles and particularly the following:

  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Ethical behavior
  • Respect for stakeholder interests
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Respect for international norms and behavior
  • Respect for human rights