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HOLCIM (ITALIA) - SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Added on 22-03-2013

Company

HOLCIM (ITALIA)

Network

Fondazione Sodalitas

Year

2005 (launch year)

Business challenge

Embarking on a Sustainable Development reporting journey can be extremely beneficial, but it is a journey that should not be taken lightly and should not be stopped. Taking the example of Holcim Ltd and being strongly committed to sustainable development and to the importance of a transparent and accountable sustainability reporting both for the Group and for the local operating company, in 2005 Holcim (Italy) decided to embark on a sustainability reporting journey.

Description

In 2005 Holcim (Italy) decided to embark on a sustainability reporting journey according to the Global Reporting Initiative with the following objectives:
• Promoting internal alignment;
• Presenting the sustainability issues and performance of all our operations (starting from cement and with the second edition extended to the other businesses);
• Building reputation with a wide range of stakeholders as a company which takes sustainability issues management seriously;
• Being engaged in a continuous improvement process on sustainability with challenging targets.
Audiences of the SD report include the following groups:
• Employees;
• Regulators;
• Customers.
In 2005 Holcim (Italy) decided to embark on a sustainability reporting journey according to the Global Reporting Initiative with the following objectives:
• Promoting internal alignment;
• Presenting the sustainability issues and performance of all our operations (starting from cement and with the second edition extended to the other businesses);
• Building reputation with a wide range of stakeholders as a company which takes sustainability issues management seriously;
• Being engaged in a continuous improvement process on sustainability with challenging targets.
Audiences of the SD report include the following groups:
• Employees;
• Regulators;
• Customers;
• Suppliers;
• Business partners;
• Local communities and local institutions;
• NGOs;
• Academics;
• Media.
In 2007 Holcim (Italy) submitted for the first year to an external verification by an independent assurance provider. In 2008 Holcim (Italy) undertook a SD Materiality Review prior to commencing reporting to confirm that the strategic priorities on sustainable development remain valid and to identify any local issues that should be addressed in the report. This analysis has been reviewed in 2012. The 2011 Sustainability Report is structured by strategic priorities.

Impact

• The golden rule for any sustainability communication, including SD reports, is “once you start communicating, never stop”;
• The quality data check is time consuming but necessary;
• Assurance of the report and the involvement of stakeholders in the reporting process leads to greater credibility;
• The structure of your report should facilitate reporting on SD priorities. Undertake a SD materiality review to confirm your local priorities;
• Use case studies to illustrate performance.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

BUSINESS IMPACT
Holcim (Italy) has a relevant business impact to employees, suppliers and local communities.

SOCIAL IMPACT
Better relationship with our stakeholders and increased stakeholder engagement
Enhancement of reputation of socially responsible company
Better results:
Strong decrease of the Injury Frequency Rate
The safety of Holcim employees and the employees of suppliers and subcontractors is critical to the success of the business. Holcim (Italy) has improved the Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate by 76 percent since 2004, and aims to achieve a further reduction by the end of 2013. Holcim (Italy) has certified 21 sites under OHSAS18001 by the end of 2011. Holcim (Italy) is committed to engaging with all stakeholders, including trade unions, to drive safety performance in the company and sector-wide.
Assume social responsibility
Recognizing that building constructive relationships based on trust with communities in which Holcim operates is imperative, Holcim (Italy) has community engagement plans in place. Holcim (Italy) is fully involved in stakeholder engagement activities: employee volunteering (community days), open days, multi-stakeholder groups, etc.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT (examples)
Better relationship with our stakeholders
Enhancement of reputation of environmentally responsible company
Better results:
Emissions reductions
The reduction of CO2 emissions and increasing energy efficiency remains an important area of focus. Since 1990, net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement produced have been reduced by 25.5 percent, which puts the operating company on track to meet the target set by the Group to reduce specific net CO2 emissions by 2015 by 25 percent below the 1990 benchmark.
Quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity
There is a growing global focus on maintaining biodiversity and handling important water resources properly.
Due to this, Holcim, in conjunction with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has developed an innovative Biodiversity Management System and is working with IUCN on implementing the system throughout the Group.
A target has been set such that 80 percent of Holcim sites situated in high biodiversity value areas must have biodiversity action plans in place by 2013.

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