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Our Sustainability Commitments for 2020
We believe that sustainability means meeting our growth ambitions within the current and future needs of society. By offering eco-efficient and innovative building materials and services to our customers, acting ethically and with transparency in accordance with the law and regulations and by providing support through an inspirational, healthy and safe working environment for our employees and support, so our communities can thrive. We will continue to create value for our stakeholders by operating in line with these commitments.
To align with these beliefs and meet sustainability concepts, Votorantim Cimentos has set ambitious goals in several areas. Our sustainability framework is based on four main strategic drivers (Safety, Ethics and Compliance, Eco-Efficiency and Innovation, and Community Engagement).
Find out more about our commitments here.
There can be no excellence, or competitive performance without consideration for health and safety, therefore, these are our top priorities. We have established ambitious goals, and are diligently pursuing them, to promote zero harms environments for our employees and eliminate fatalities. The foundations for our corporate actions are established in the Global Safety & Health Policy, and the Life Saving Rules.
Ethics and Compliance
We are trustworthy and ethical in our actions, in accordance with the law and regulations.
Our guidelines for ethical behavior are contained in the Votorantim Group‘s Code of Conduct, which is inspired by its values and beliefs and expresses the principles that support positive relationships among stakeholders. To guarantee that all of our employees respect the complex legal and normative framework of the countries in which we operate, a guideline on compliance was developed, the "Compliance Program Guidance"; anti-corruption and anti- trust policies were implemented; and a growing proportion of legal agreements, contracts, licenses, and other items are being monitored. Communications campaigns, training programs and corporate structures and tools are supporting these guiding documents, enabling our teams to quickly identify inappropriate behavior and infractions, and take the appropriate actions to remedy them.
Eco-Efficiency and Innovation
We believe that cement production must use clean technologies that constantly improve natural resource allocation, reduce emissions and waste.
We invest in R&D to develop new technologies and improve existing ones in order to promote eco-efficiency in our processes and products. Moreover, we are committed to protecting water sources and biodiversity, through management of protected areas in the vicinity of our units. Our goals are in line with the Global Environmental Policy and Green Rules and our commitments under the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
We are active members of the communities in which we are present.
Therefore, we are constantly working to improve our dialogue with stakeholders and promote a better quality of life, which also results in a more desirable and transparent environment for business.