External Advisory Panel
Our efforts benefit considerably from the knowledge, perspective, criticism, and advice of experienced professionals who work in various fields related to sustainability. For this reason, in 2008 we assembled a group of independent sustainability experts to advise us on our efforts. CEMEX’s Sustainable Development Reporting Advisory Panel provides feedback on our sustainability reporting and encourages us to continue improving it.
We thank the panel members for their time and efforts and look forward to more productive—and challenging—discussions with them throughout the year.
Ramón Perez Gil Salcido
- Wildlife Biologist and Zoologist, Mexico’s National University; MA in Natural Resources, University of Michigan, USA.
- Former head of Mexico’s Wildlife Service (“Flora and Fauna” Directorate) at a National level under the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology.
- Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council. Part of IUCN’S World Commission and regional Steering Committee on Protected Areas (WCPA) and Species Survival Commission (SSC).
Mr. Perez Gil is a biologist with over 35 years of experience on the fields of Mammalogy, Use and Conservation of Wildlife, Economic Importance of Wildlife, and Protected Areas (design, establishment, operation, performance, financing, monitoring, and evaluation).
Irma Adriana Gómez Cavazos
- PhD in Applied Economics and Master's Degree in Economics, Texas A&M University
- Undersecretary for Management, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico
- Director of Corporate Affairs, CEMEX for the Americas (2009–2010), and Director of Analysis, International Information Development Vice-presidency, CEMEX headquarters (2007-2009)
- Undersecretary of Economic Relations and International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico (2004-2006)
- Member of the board of PEMEX, Bancomext, and Conacyt (2004-2006)
- Chief of Staff of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico (2003-2004)
Ms. Gómez Cavazos currently serves as the dean of EGADE Business School in Mexico City. She is an expert in environmental economics with broad experience in Foreign Affairs. She has authored numerous articles for periodicals, including The Review of Economics and Statistics, Empirical Economics, and Natural Resource Modeling.
- PhD in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
- President of GBCe, Spanish Chapter of the World Green Building Council
- Professor of architecture and sustainability, Superior School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia ESARQ/UIC (2008 – present)
- Director of environmental and industrialization investigation area, Superior School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia ESARQ/UIC (2010-present)
Mr. Pich-Aguilera currently serves as president of the Green Building Council in Spain, where he actively promotes sustainability in the construction sector. He has been instrumental in promoting social and environmental responsibility in the architecture sector in Spain and abroad. He is a Founding Member of the Superior School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia ESARQ/UIC and “AuS” (Architecture and Sustainability) group at the Catalonia Association of Architects.
Margareth G. Flórez
- Architect and Urbanist, Federal University, Brazil
- Specialist and Master in Planning and Development, Universidad de los Andes - CIDER, Colombia
- Adviser in the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia, in the National Rehabilitation Plan - PNR
- Adviser in the Presidency of the Republic in the Presidential Counseling for Medellin and its Metropolitan Area.
- Head of the Local and Community Management Area and Deputy Director of Programs of the Corona Foundation.
- Director of the Transparency for Colombia, National Chapter of Transparency International.
- Executive Director of RedEAmérica (present)
Mrs. Flórez has over 30 years of experience in promoting programs and public policies linked to the sustainable development of communities and the strengthening of public institutions. Her work has involved to public, private and civil sector organizations. She has participated in various boards of non-profit civil institutions at national and international level.
- BA, Economics, Bates Colleague, USA; MA, International Affairs and Governance, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland & MA, Banking and Finance, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Mr. Ruttmann has extensive experience in the banking industry, understanding the interaction between financial and sustainability performances:
- He works as a director at Julius Baer Bank since 2012, where he leads the Cross-Asset Strategy in the Investment Office
- Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse for 7 years, most recently in the Global Investment Products and Strategy Committee Office
- While at Credit Suisse, he spent 6 years in Global Research, where he was responsible for the EMEA equity strategy and thematic investments, including the sustainable investment strategy
- He also lectures at the University of St. Gallen, teaching “Sustainability Management”
Terms of Reference
CEMEX wants to receive frank and informed opinions on the management of our sustainability issues, such as the quality of our Sustainable Development Report, Strategy, Performance and Accountability. We have invited a group of sustainability experts to sit on an independent panel providing counsel on these issues.
The Advisory Panel
Panel members represent the company's key stakeholder groups and the regions where we operate.
Members are asked to be on the panel for two years so that they will have time to gain a deeper understanding of CEMEX and be able to comment on our progress. The term may be extended if a panelist agrees to a request to continue.
Panelists offer views in their personal capacity. All discussions between the panelists and CEMEX senior executives are treated in confidence with the panel issuing an agreed joint statement annually for unedited publication in relation to the CEMEX Sustainable Development Report.
It is expected that the Panel will meet collectively with senior CEMEX executives either in person or by teleconference at least once a year. Panelists may be consulted independently on those topics where they have specialist knowledge.
CEMEX is interested in the opinions of the Panel and would prefer a consensus approach, but individual opinions are valuable and all panel members are encouraged to offer their own views where these diverge from the consensus.
CEMEX provides a facilitator to support the process and help the Panel organize meetings, form consensus and prepare minutes.
In the spirit of improving the process, members may be consulted by a facilitator or CEMEX to give their views regarding the performance of the Panel.
View the panel's joint statements on our Sustainable Development Reports
- 2016 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on March 2017)
- 2015 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2016)
- 2014 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on May 2015)
- 2013 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2014)
- 2012 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2013)
- 2011 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2012)
- 2010 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2011)
- 2009 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2010)
- 2008 Sustainable Development Report joint statement
(issued on April 2009)