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  • Submitted by: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Topic: Sustainable consumption and production
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  • Date of completion: 2012-03-30
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
Cement Sustainability Initiative, The

Partner(s)

Governments:
Government of Portugal - Ministry of Science and Technology

Major Groups:
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (Switzerland)
Cement Industry Federation (Australia)
CEMBUREAU (Belgium)
ABCP - Brazilian Cement Association (Brazil)
Votorantim (Brazil)
Lafarge (France)
HeidelbergCement (Germany)
Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V (VDZ) (Germany)
Titan Cement Company (Greece)
Italcementi (Italy)
Japan Cement Association (JCA) (Japan)
Taiheiyo Cement (Japan)
CEMEX (Mexico)
Cimpor (Portugal)
South African Cement Producers Assoc. (SACPA) (South Africa)
Corporacion Uniland (Spain)
Holcim (Switzerland)
Siam Cement (Thailand)
British Cement Association (BCA) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
RMC Group (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
American Portland Cement Alliance (United States of America)
Portland Cement Association (United States of America)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
UN University (Japan)

Description/achievement of initiative

Begun in 1999, the Cement Sustainability Initiative is a contribution of 10 major cement companies working with the WBCSD toward sustainable development. The purpose of the initiative is to:
- Explore what sustainable development means for the cement industry
- Identify and facilitate actions that companies can take as a group and individually to accelerate the move toward more sustainable practices
- Provide a framework through which other cement companies can learn and participate
- Provide a framework for engaging external stakeholders

The partnership will extend over a number of years as the cement industry develops, implements, and communicates a series of guidelines and good practices to be applied to the areas of (1) climate change management, (2) use of fuels and raw materials, (3) employee health and safety, (4) emissions reduction, (5) land use and local impacts, and (6) internal business processes.

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