“Our goal is to grow in harmony with the environment and society. The Sustainability Commitments 2030 challenge us to find new solutions and think differently to make our business even more sustainable. That is what we need to ensure our corporate success over the long-term,” said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the HeidelbergCement Managing Board, on the occasion of the launch of the Sustainability Commitments 2030.
HeidelbergCement is thus renewing its commitment to corporate social and environmental responsibility, and setting itself ambitious targets that the company intends to achieve by 2030.
The Sustainability Commitments 2030 replace the existing Sustainability Ambitions 2020, and at the same time expand the objectives of the HeidelbergCement sustainability strategy: For example, CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 30 % compared with 1990 levels, in order to help achieve the global 2 °C target. In addition, 80 % of the research and development budget is to be used for the development of sustainable products as a way to continuously promote innovation. In order to facilitate the circular economy, by-products or recycled materials are increasingly being substituted for natural raw materials.
Occupational health and safety are also central to the new sustainability strategy, with the goal of a reduction in the number of lost-time accidents to zero.
To ensure that the company continues to grow sustainably, HeidelbergCement will focus on six key areas of action along the entire value chain:
– Driving economic strength and innovation
– Achieving excellence in occupational health and safety
– Reducing the environmental footprint
– Enabling the circular economy
– Being a good neighbour
– Ensuring compliance and creating transparency
HeidelbergCement supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals
As part of society, HeidelbergCement intends to contribute to a responsibly built environment for the benefit of all. Through implementation of the Sustainability Commitments 2030, the company supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and contributes to addressing social, economic and ecological challenges globally.