During the Cement Sustainability Initiative’s (CSI) annual CEO Meeting in Madrid on Dec. 13, LafargeHolcim CEO Eric Olsen was confirmed as the new Chairman of CSI for 2017.
The organization supports the progress of the global cement sector toward sustainable development and helps to unite major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries. LafargeHolcim is one of the founding members of the CSI, which was launched in 1999 as part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
“It is an honor for me to be chairing this important industry organization in the coming year,” says Eric Olsen in a LafargeHolcim press release. “Sustainability in the construction sector is not the preserve of one organization. I will focus on ensuring that the CSI continues to play an important role in building collaboration within our industry and encouraging joint action across the entire value chain. As one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector, we have a real opportunity to drive change. Our plans are ambitious, and we are conscious that we will only achieve them by working together.”
CSI members agreed to concentrate their efforts on material topics in 2017, including health and safety, further reducing CO2 emissions, increasing awareness of concrete as a sustainable building material, launching a responsible sourcing scheme for concrete and developing common metrics to measure social performance.