At CEMEX, we want to be the customer of choice for our suppliers. In turn, their loyalty, support, and collaboration enable us to compete more effectively, innovate, source our inputs more sustainably, and find new ways integrate sustainability into our value-chain and our industry.
We understand that our sustainability efforts depend on the support and participation of our supply chain partners. We actively collaborate with our global, multinational suppliers to achieve our mutual business and sustainability goals, and we benefit as we learn from their global perspective, expertise, and practices.
In 2010, CEMEX started the first phase of a new Supplier Sustainability Program that will systemize and expand the various sustainable sourcing practices that have been used for several years. In brief, the program’s objectives are to:
We also work to support smaller, local suppliers. Our relationships with these firms help to build local economies as well as our relationships with local communities.
Many of our country operations have made substantive efforts to enhance sustainability within their procurement practices. These include questionnaires for evaluating suppliers and our efforts to encourage more sustainable modes of travel and transport in our travel policies. In addition, we use environmental standards or criteria in the country-level selection of suppliers of our primary and secondary raw materials.
Whenever feasible, we support small and locally based suppliers in an effort to create jobs, broaden their skills, stimulate economic growth, and help them become more sustainable. In fact, the vast majority of our suppliers are locally based. Our country procurement teams participate in local events for identifying new locally-based and SME suppliers. We provide training and development programs that help these suppliers strengthen their business practices and embed sustainability principles within their systems.