Cement maker Holcim Philippines, Inc. directly helped over 350,000 in 2018 through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs that are designed to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN).
The summary of Holcim Philippines’s 2018 Stakeholder Engagement Plan showed that its CSR programs called Holcim Helps assisted 356,917 individuals in 2018. With this, the company has aided more than 600,000 people since 2015 to surpass its commitment to the LafargeHolcim Group of assisting 400,000 people by 2020.
The company invested the highest share of its Holcim Helps budget on initiatives for Livelihood and Inclusive business (34.5%), followed by Infrastructure and Shelter (22.3%) and Education (21.3%). The programs are aligned with the 2030 Sustainability Plan, a set of commitments made by LafargeHolcim Group to contribute to the achievement of UN’s efforts to advance human welfare.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull said the company will continue its CSR programs as part of its sustainability commitment to help uplift communities where it operates.
“As hosts of our facilities, our communities play an important role in Holcim Philippines success and it is only right that we give back through these programs. We will continue working with various stakeholders to implement projects that help improve the lives of people where we operate,” he added.
Holcim Philippines Vice President for Communications Cara Ramirez said the Holcim Helps programs are aligned with its message that the company’s contribution to progress goes beyond supplying essential building materials. She noted that programs have also been improved to be more sustainable and supportive of the company’s objectives.
“We moved away from the traditional donations as the primary form of assistance towards more active collaborations with our communities to develop programs that are responsive to their needs. This helps our programs to have a more lasting positive impact,” added Ramirez.
Among the CSR highlights in 2018 were the potable water system project in La Union, the welding course for the community in Bulacan, hand washing facilities for daycare centers in Misamis Oriental, and the forklift operations training in Davao. Employees and other partners across Holcim sites also actively participated in volunteer programs throughout the year.
About Holcim Philippines
Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.
With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.
Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.