Çimsa shares its sustainability vision with the employees
Çimsa organized a series of “Sustainability in cement industry” meetings aimed at sharing its sustainability understanding integrated to all activities with its employees, at different levels of the organization.
In the run-up of the recent adhesion of Çimsa to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), making of Çimsa the first Turkish-based company to join the initiative. Mr. Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of WBCSD-CSI, was invited to address these meetings and share his views on the initiative’s objectives and potential benefits of this cooperative approach, both for Çimsa and for the CSI.
Çimsa, one of the leading cement and construction materials producers of Turkey, carries out its entire business and operations with a sustainable future target. Accordingly, it has taken an important step towards sustainability by becoming a member to the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
WBCSD Managing Director Philippe Fonta attended recent sustainability meetings of Çimsa, where the vision on sustainability is evaluated with its senior management team and employees. Fonta stated that the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global initiative with the participation of 24 leading cement producers (including Çimsa) with operations in more than 100 countries. Being one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector, member companies believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development. All CSI member are committed to identify actions and facilitate steps cement companies can take, individually and in cooperation through CSI, to accelerate progress toward sustainable development. During his speech, Fonta evaluated the sustainability developments in the global cement industry and explained the social and environmental responsibilities of CSI members.
Çimsa General Manager Mehmet Hacıkamiloğlu stated that the Company is aiming to lead the industry for a livable future while growing profitably and said, “In Çimsa, we see sustainability management as an integral part of our business culture. We are trying to do our best for all of our stakeholders with our wide product range, innovative staff and our approach showing respect to human and environment. The sustainability understanding we integrated into all of our operations brought us to the CSI, whom have been leading the sector to carry out comprehensive efforts on sustainable development across different regions in the world. As part of the CSI family, I believe Çimsa will succeed in contributing to the successful deliver of important initiatives on sustainability. We all have great responsibilities during the next three years to fulfill our undertakings under the CSI membership requirements.”
Hacıkamiloğlu: “We cooperate with all of our stakeholders to develop successful business solutions.”
All of the prioritized targets we set for the next 10 years support our efforts on sustainability. I believe we can create a more livable world and I want to stress that the supports of all of our stakeholders are very important in this journey. We will continue this year with “Stakeholder Meetings” we launched last year. We consider our stakeholder dialogues and integration efforts as an important initiative representing transparency and nourishing sustainability and reporting.
CSI represents about one third of global cement production
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global effort by 24 leading 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 smaller local producers.
All CSI members have integrated sustainable development into their business strategies and operations, as they seek strong financial performance with an equally strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility. In addition, the CSI is partnering with national and regional cement trade associations, to ensure a proper information sharing process at national, regional and international levels. The CSI is an initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
WBCSD creating business solutions for a sustainable world
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.
The WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies – who represent all business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $7 trillion – to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The Council also benefits from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.