Practices & Stories
At CEMEX, to fulfill our purpose, we foster transformational change within our Company and the countries in which we operate. By close collaboration with alliances, partners, and stakeholders, we ensure our social license to operate and shared value creation. We promote behavioral change by living by our Company’s values, as well as the universal principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), and integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) into our products and services.
We further strengthen community programs through our collaboration with people, local authorities, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Our more than 500 partnerships and strategic alliances for social impact worldwide have proven a key success factor in multiplying our positive impact on society. These collaborative alliances have enabled joint projects, best practices sharing and documentation, as well as pilots of socially innovative solutions throughout our different lines of action, contributing to SDG target 17.16.
Through our international partnerships we are accountable of our actions by annual reports, in order to verify compliance or advancements, we will continue to collaborate with these partnerships and generate further internal metrics and measurement exercises to provide specific targets and information on progress.
Some examples of our partnerships:
- In 2015, CEMEX made a clear commitment to tackle the world’s greatest challenges and, in doing so, identified those SDG's that are more connected to our Company’s impacts, risks and opportunities. Following that, a prioritization exercise identified 11 SDGs to which CEMEX contributes directly. We then localized 5 priority goals in which we will provide a larger contribution.
- We are a member of the GRI Community and support the mission of GRI to empower decision makers everywhere, through GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards and its multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.
- CEMEX presides the UN Global Compact Network in Mexico.
- In 2019, we led Making Global Goals Local Business forum– Mexico, with the support of UN Global Compact members, through which over 800 participants shared best practices to collaborate and play a more active role in the achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- In 2019, through our participation on the ARISE Global Board, we consolidated the ARISE Mexico National Network, which works to build cities’ disaster preparedness and prevention, considering resilience as key to sustainable development with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
- We work with FSG on strengthening our alternative fuels ecosystem.
- We work with Ashoka, Mass Challenge, Make Sense through the CEMEX-TEC Award for Social Innovation.
- We work with WBCSD, Corporate Excellence, and Foretica through participation on case studies, congresses and clusters to share best practices.
- We Preside RedEAmérica for the promotion of sustainable communities in Latin America and foster the sharing of best practices.
- CEMEX, in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Youth (2019), has collectively committed to impact youth by:
- Supporting by 2022 15 million young people to participate in the workforce through educational training experiences on Digital Skills, Soft Skills, STEM, Career Advice and Entrepreneurship.
Each year, Fortune publishes the Change the World List to celebrate companies and leaders that embrace corporate purpose and recognize how it can add value to business and society. In 2020, CEMEX was recognized for its efforts in social impact models through multi-sector collaboration in partnership with government and business (more than 20 alliances), as well as mobile hospitals able to be replicated globally in response to COVID-19.
CEMEX was recognized with the Corporate Conservation Leadership Award in 2020, which is the most prestigious recognition given annually by the Wild Habitat Council (WHC) honoring the comprehensive achievement of companies in their biodiversity conservation efforts.
The USA National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association provides annual recognition to member operations actively contributing to maintenance of the environment in and around their operations. In 2019, 2 of our operations were awarded the gold award (Gator Sand Mine and CEMEX Balcones Quarry). Three aggregate operations received the silver award and eight received the bronze award.
This ranking was first launched in 2016 by Forbes. It recognizes the best 250 public companies, selected by 15,000 participants from 50 countries, based on Honesty, social conduct, employer, product or service performance. CEMEX was the 15th company.
Ramazzini & Carvalho Award 2019 for urban transformation resilience strategy and products and services for resilient societies
The award recognized CEMEX´s urban transformation resilience strategy and products and services that contribute to build resilience societies. This is the maximum recognition from the Association for Health and Safety and Civil Protection A.C. (ASEHPROC) for best performance in Health and Safety, Civil Protection and Disaster Management.
The Mexican Stock Exchange has included CEMEX in their sustainability index comprising top performers in Corporate Governance, Social Responsibility and Environmental Care. This was the fourth recognition for CEMEX as the company with the highest overall sustainability credentials for 57 listed companies.
Organized by the Colombian Presidency, CEMEX Colombia was recognized for the prestigious National Merit Award, Great Officer degree, for the ex guerrilla soldiers reintegration program.
The Croatian Chamber of Economy and the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development granted CEMEX in Croatia the CSR Index award for responsible policies and practices in the work environment. The CRS Index ranks the voluntary efforts of Croatian companies in accordance with globally recognized practices. The Index’s methodology evaluates voluntary practices related to economic sustainability, corporate social responsibility, work environment, environmental protection, market relations, and community relations.
Each year, Fortune publishes the Change the World List to celebrate companies and leaders that embrace corporate purpose and recognize how it can add value to business and society. In 2017, CEMEX was recognized on the Economic Opportunity and Financial Inclusion impact segment for its inclusive business projects.
The Green Frog Award, launched in 2000, is an annual recognition awarded by Deloitte Central Europe and other regions for the best sustainability and integrated reports. It is supported by the Global Reporting Initiative and the International Integrated Reporting Council.
The San Pedro Macoris Baseball association and the Sports Ministry acknowledged the contributions of CEMEX to national sports for 13 years through comprehensive programs including not only support for youth participation in sports, but also values, ethics, team work, self-esteem and dangers of controlled substances in order for youth to focus on healthy activities.
Since 1999, RobecoSAM a specialist in sustainable development performs a Corporate Sustainability Assessment, a yearly evaluation of sustainable development practices in the world. In 2017, CEMEX was classified on the Bronze Category, positioning the company between the 5-10% top performers in the industry, being awarded the Industry Mover recognition.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development celebrated the first edition of the Leading Women Awards. This Award recognized 10 women leaders worldwide for their work in gender equality and women and girl empowerment. In this first edition, 54 women were nominated and only 10 selected. Our Global Social Impact Director was honored with the award.
Each year, Fortune publishes the Change the World List to celebrate companies and leaders that embrace corporate purpose and recognize how it can add value to business and society. In 2015, CEMEX was recognized on the Economic Opportunity and Financial Inclusion impact segment for its inclusive business projects.
The People Management Association of the Philippines organize this annual award since 1977 to recognize outstanding organizations and individuals to help advance the people management profession in the country. CEMEX won for the Employer of the Year Category.
The Mexican Philanthropy Center (CEMEFI) and the Alliance for Social Responsibility in Mexico organize an annual ceremony to recognize all companies that have fulfilled the standards for their recognition on socially responsibility. By 2019, CEMEX had been recognized for 16 years.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Dominican Republic founded the award in order to share best practices which can serve as an example to multiply positive action, between SMEs and large companies. The award was granted for the social responsibility best practices category.
The Gold Quill Awards are the International Association of Business Communicators premier awards program recognizing excellence in the field of business communication. CEMEX received a MERIT Award on Issues Management and Crisis Communication.
The Mexican Philanthropy Center (CEMEFI), along with the Alliance for Social Responsibility in Mexico and the forum Empresa organize this annual price to recognize actions, programs, projects or processes that prove to contribute to the business success, social, economic and environmental sustainability. CEMEX won for the category of corporate volunteering.
Juscelino Kubistchek Award of Merit for Regional Development in Latin America and the Caribbean 2012
The Award was created by the Inter American Development Bank in 2009, it recognizes the contribution to the region’s development in two categories: economy and finance; and social, cultural, and scientific development. We were awarded with the special mention for Corporate Social Responsibility.
A prestigious Stevie Award for our olive oil produced from a re-cultivated quarry. The Stevie Awards are business awards celebrated annually by the American Business Awards organization since 2002.
Presented by the Trust for the America's Organization of American States on a yearly basis, it recognizes companies that have initiated programs in the Americas to benefit the community where it operates, and whose actions can serve as a model to facilitate socially responsible practices and actions by other corporations. We were honored to receive the award on the category of Economic Opportunities.
Award for business from around the globe who apply inclusive business expertise to the worldwide efforts to end poverty. Hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce, International Business Leaders Forum and the United Nations Development Program.
The Habitat Business AWARD, from UN-Habitat, aims to recognize and publicize outstanding private sector achievements contributing to sustainable urbanization. We were honored to receive the award in the category of Affordable Housing Solutions.