At HeidelbergCement, sustainable management means pursuing revenue opportunities while never losing sight of the future health of our business. We always weigh the social and environmental impacts of our activities. Our sense of responsibility to people and the environment is not just motivated by ethical concerns, however – it is also good for our bottom line.
Our Sustainability Ambitions 2020 set forth various activities as well as concrete goals for the future. With an open design, however, and they do not restrict us from taking action in additional areas.
Taking Stakeholder Expectations into Account
We know that we can only be successful as a company if we maintain cordial and cooperative relationships with the various stakeholders in society who are affected by our business operations on the local, national, and international levels. That’s why we place great value on open communication that directly addresses problems, as well as on maintaining a constructive dialogue with all the relevant stakeholder groups.
The expectations of our external and internal stakeholders play a key role in the development of our sustainability strategy. We identify these expectations systematically through a materiality analysis and incorporate them into our plans for the further development of our sustainability strategy.
Worldwide HeidelbergCement is a member of cross-sector as well as industry-specific associations that represent their members’ interests through a continual dialogue with governments, businesses, and the general public. The associated cooperative partnerships focus on challenges that are specific to individual countries and to the cement industry with regard to raw materials security, environmental protection, energy conservation, health and occupational safety, and compliance.
Principles and Guidelines
One of the key principles guiding our daily work is the idea that “all business is local business”. It’s not just that the success of our business operations is largely determined by the development of local markets. Also of major importance is the fact that we can only gain social acceptance for our business activities if we work to ensure the continued wellbeing of the people and the environment in the communities where we operate.
One of our main principles therefore involves being a good neighbour, which for us means maintaining a dialogue with local stakeholders and obeying the local laws and regulations wherever we do business. Our employees and managers are also required to act in line with the specific principles and regulations contained in and communicated through our Group guidelines. The HeidelbergCement Leadership Principles are the foundation of our management culture. Finally, as a company that operates all over the world, we are also obligated to adhere to global values and standards.
The management and supervisory structures at HeidelbergCement comply with the regulations under the German Stock Company Act, the company's Articles of Association, the procedural rules of the Managing Board and Supervisory Board, and – with a few exceptions (see statement of compliance) – the German Corporate Governance Code (GCGC).
Ongoing open communication with our stakeholders helps us to understand their expectations and take up suggestions early on.
Stefanie Kaufmann, Sustainability Communications Manager
Memberships HeidelbergCement Group
- WBCSD CSI (Cement Sustainability Initiative)
- econsense - Forum Nachhaltige Entwicklung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.
- CEMBUREAU (The European Cement Association)
- UEPG (European Aggregates Association)
- ERMCO (European Ready Mixed Concrete Organisation)
- EUCOPRO (European Association for Co-processing)
- ECRA (European Cement Research Academy)
- CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
- "Biodiversity in Good Company" Initiative e.V.