Sustainability Commitments 2030

The HeidelbergCement Sustainability Commitments 2030 define the key topics and core principles of the future sustainability strategy at HeidelbergCement. With the Sustainability Commitments we also set ourselves clear targets to be achieved by 2030.

Driving Economic Strength and Innovation.

Driving Economic Strength and Innovation

We will ensure sustainable profitability through the effective management of all processes and resources and the continuing innovation of products and services.”

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  • We use all resources as efficiently as possible and target to earn a premium on our cost of capital.
  • We will spend 80% of our product R&D budget on the development of more sustainable products.
  • We are active in Green Building Councils and similar organisations in order to drive innovation of sustainable products together with our customers.
SDG 8.
SDG 9.
SDG 11.
Achieving Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety.

Achieving Excellence in Occupational Health

“We are committed to continuously enhancing the occupational health and safety conditions of our employees, contractors, and third parties.”
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  • We will achieve zero fatalities.
  • We will achieve zero lost time injuries
SDG 3.
SDG 4.
Reducing our Environmental Footprint.

Reducing our Environmental Footprint

“We are committed to fulfilling our share of the global responsibility to keep temperature rise below 2°C, and we will continue to reduce our impacts on air, land and water.”
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  • We will reduce our carbon footprint by 30% compared to 1990.
  • We will reduce cement production-related SOx and NOx emissions by 40% and dust by 80% compared to 2008.
  • We will permanently reduce all other air emissions below cement industry average.
  • We aim to reduce water consumption at all operational sites as far as economically and technologically feasible.
  • We aim to implement water management plans at all sites located in water scarce areas and aggregate them on a country level to form a water reduction master plan.
  • On Group level, all efforts will be combined in a global strategic water consumption reduction plan.
Land use
  • All our extraction sites are operated based on an after-use plan agreed with local authorities and in accordance with the needs of local communities.
  • We aim to include biodiversity enhancement recommendations in any new after-use plan.
  • We want to implement a biodiversity management plan at extraction sites within or in direct connection to nature conservation areas.
  • In case of nature-oriented after-use plans, we aim to achieve a positive impact on the biodiversity value at our extraction sites.
SDG 6.
SDG 7.
SDG 9.
SDG 12.
SDG 13.
SDG 15.
Enabling the Circular Economy.

Enabling the Circular Economy

“We conserve our natural reserves by continuously increasing the use of alternative resources as substitutes for natural raw materials.”
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  • We will continuously increase the substitution rate of natural raw materials by using by-products or recycled materials
SDG 8.
SDG 11.
SDG 12.
Being a Good Neighbour.

Being a Good Neighbour

“We are committed to supporting the social and economic development of our neighbouring communities and ensure transparent communication to all our stakeholders.”
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  • We maintain open and transparent communication about our activities and performance.
  • We help improve the level of education and living conditions in neighbouring communities.
  • We offer one hour of voluntary community work per full-time employee per year.
SDG 4.
SDG 17.
Being a Good Neighbour.

Ensuring Compliance and Creating Transparency

“We adhere to international human rights, anti-corruption and labour standards and co-operate pro-actively in an open and transparent manner with all our stakeholders.”
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  • We ensure compliance with international human rights, anti-corruption and labour standards through internal control and risk management systems, such as internal audits and a whistle-blower hotline.
  • We ensure that our suppliers comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • We ensure that each position is staffed with the most qualified person, independent from gender, origin, beliefs, and/or orientation.
SDG 5.
SDG 16.
SDG 17.

The Sustainability Commitments 2030 build on and succeed the HeidelbergCement Sustainability Ambitions 2020. Embracing a wider scope of responsibilities in corporate sustainability management, they will drive us to continually improve as we contribute to building a better world for 2030 and beyond.

Sustainable Development Goals.

HeidelbergCement supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We have aligned our Sustainability Commitments 2030 with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enacted 2015 by the UN General Assembly, which have been adopted by all 193 member states. The SDGs aim to end extreme poverty, fight injustice and protect our planet with 17 goals set out for 2030.

For HeidelbergCement, supporting the SDGs means fulfilling our share of the global responsibility to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.