Eric Olsen, chief executive, LafargeHolcim, will become the new chairman of the Cement Sustainability Initiative in 2017, as confirmed yesterday by the organization’s annual meeting in Madrid.
LafargeHolcim is one of the founding members of the initiative which is part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and was launched in 1999 with the aim of supporting the progress of the global cement sector toward sustainable development.
The Cement Sustainability Initiative unites 23 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries. Collectively these companies account for around 30% of the world’s cement production and range in size from very large multinationals to small local producers.
“It is an honor for me to be chairing this important industry organization in the coming year. Sustainability in the construction sector is not the preserve of one organization. I will focus on ensuring that the CSI [Cement Sustainability Initiative] continues to play an important role in building collaboration within our industry and encouraging joint action across the entire value chain. As one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector, we have a real opportunity to drive change. Our plans are ambitious and we are conscious that we will only achieve them by working together”, Olsen said.
In 2017, the Cement Sustainability Initiative agreed to concentrate its efforts on most material topics, among others: health and safety; actions to further reduce CO2 emissions; increasing awareness of concrete as a sustainable building material; the launch of a responsible sourcing scheme for concrete; and the development of common metrics to measure social performance.