High-Impact Social Strategy
High-Impact Social Strategy
CEMEX understands that the sustainability of our company is directly related to the well-being and development of our stakeholders and surrounding communities. Our High-Impact Social Strategy.
Thus, wherever we operate we strive to build mutually beneficial relationships with nearby districts and key stakeholders including neighbors, members of academia, NGOs and other corporations. These relationships with our communities are underpinned by ongoing dialogue, transparency and trust.
As a global business that recognizes the unique priorities and needs of our local communities, CEMEX aims to add public value by leveraging our business capabilities and above all, our people. We strive to establish alliances that enhance the solutions we offer, and we will work to expand our flagship programs to countries where they can have a high impact. Social business models have allowed CEMEX to work with hundreds of communities all over the world and improve the quality of life of approximately seven million people. Our 2020 target is to benefit with our social initiatives more than 15 million people throughout the world.
Our mission is to be the best neighbor and private sector contributor to community development and serve as an engine of economic growth through innovative and sustainable solutions.
98% of our operations have implemented Community Engagement Plans. We strive to generate new opportunities for our communities by:
- Unlocking the power of individuals through capacity building that enhances their skills, competencies and abilities
- Investing in infrastructure, education, the environment and social innovation
- Creating and strengthening alliances
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To develop sustainable communities, members must have access to the information and resources they need to be successful. That’s why we’ve created the Community Centers that serve as central locations for our workshops and courses focused on developing skills that will help the participants secure employment or start a small business, improving their household income.
In Mexico, the first Community Center was inaugurated more than 10 years ago.
To increase awareness and promote environmental consciousness, we’ve also begun building Environmental Education Centers that will foster discussion and solutions that both protect the environment and improve community members’ quality of life.
THE CEMEX-TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The CEMEX-Tecnológico de Monterrey Center for Sustainable Development joins members of the public and private sector with universities to discuss initiatives, share knowledge, create tools and promote the development of skills and capabilities that lead to more sustainable communities. The center is currently focused on building these efforts in Mexico, however it will soon expand its scope to other parts of Latin America.
For more information about the Center please access www.cdcs.com.mx
GREENHOUSES AND HOME GARDENS
CEMEX greenhouses provide spaces dedicated to producing plants and trees that contribute to quarry rehabilitation and the reforestation of public places in the communities where we operate. In addition, our home gardens initiative provides community members with an opportunity to develop vegetable cultivation skills and produce food that enhances their family’s nutrition.
In addition, our home gardens initiative provides community members with an opportunity to develop vegetable cultivation skills and produce food that enhances their family’s nutrition.
Exercise is a crucial element of a healthy lifestyle. In the communities surrounding several of our operations across the globe, we’ve developed CEMEX football and baseball academies that provide athletic facilities across neighborhoods. These academies promote healthy habits and the integration of diverse communities. More than 10,000 children annually participate in our academies to promote a healthy lifestyle.
As a global business we understand the differentiated priorities and needs of our local communities.
CEMEX aims to add public value by leveraging our business capabilities, our global network of employees and strategic alliances to enhance the solutions we offer.
We’ve created initiatives across sectors that seek to provide vulnerable groups with a number of opportunities for growth.
OUR SOCIAL INCLUSION PROGRAMS
Almost 30 years ago, CEMEX aligned with ANSPAC, a non-profit organization that provides technical training and guidance to women living near our cement plants.
More than 6,000 women benefited from workshops offered by CEMEX in partnership with ANSPAC.
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Empowering Disabled Individuals
An inclusive program, UNIDOS fosters collaboration between volunteers and people with physical disabilities, working with organizations to incorporate disabled individuals into activities and projects.
In addition, our “Congruencia” program in corporates those with disabilities into our company, recognizing people’s talent and skills regardless of their condition.
New Employment Opportunities for Youth
Led by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group along with the International Youth Foundation, the IDB’s Social Sector Department and corporate partners Arcos Dorados, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Walmart and CEMEX, the New Employment Opportunities for Youth (NEO) program focuses on increasing job entry among poor and low-income youth.
Mason Training Program
CEMEX Philippines continues implementing its ‘Experto Ako’ program, providing free masonry training to masons within the community. The program, in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Training Education and Skills Development Authority, helps masons enhance their craft and develop professional skills to improve the way they run their business and manage finances.
Apprentice Drivers Program
This yearlong scheme is designed to help fill the need for more drivers in the UK, providing 18-24 year olds with the opportunity to learn about our business and get their Driving Goods Vehicles apprentice certification before they are then hired as full-time employees.
Volunteer programs allow CEMEX employees to offer their talent, time and leadership to make a difference in their communities. Of the countries in which we operate, 71 % have volunteering programs in place.
'Manos a la Obra' Volunteering Program in Mexico and Latin America
CEMEX's volunteer program through which we offer our talent, time and leadership to make a difference for the benefit of society. Through its activities, we participate with actions that contribute in issues such as education, environment and community development. We contribute to improving the quality of life of children who need it most and protect green areas of our environment by planting 5,000 trees.
Lend-a-Hand Volunteering Scheme in CEMEX UK
Through the UK’s ‘Lend-a-Hand’ scheme, every employee is allowed to take one volunteer day each year to help a local charity. The program also promotes team building, bringing together small groups from across the business to participate in a variety of volunteer activities, from hospice decorating to refurbishing children’s playgrounds.
‘Hero’ Our Volunteering Program in the Philippines
“HERO” (Help. Engage. Reach Out) program encourages employees to invest time and effort to disaster relief operations, safety education, community outreach and many other causes.
Since 2015, CEMEX Philippines undertakes local restoration and sustainability initiatives such as tree mangrove planting and river cleanup activities with the Provincial Government of Rizal.
Building the Future Foundation
For the last six years, CEMEX Poland’s Building the Future Foundation has focused on a grant competition and volunteer program that support and shape numerous environmental and social initiatives.
Latvia’s “CEMEX Opportunity Fund”
In Latvia, employees can apply for the "CEMEX Opportunity Fund", which is a fund targeted for projects that have a positive social and environmental impact. Employees can nominate NGOs in which they are members. Projects are evaluated on publicly available rules, which apply equally to the projects that were not presented by employees.