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World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) in 1999, and then in 2002 the Agenda for Action, with six key areas forming the structure of this report. Within that agenda, action is being undertaken by the global cement industry over a five-year term.

The CIF is a Project Partner in the CSI, and member companies are committed to making an effective contribution. This involvement has included supporting the formation of common protocols for CO2 accounting, selection of fuels and raw materials for cement manufacturing, health and safety guidelines, community engagement and government interaction.

These protocols have been adopted by the Australian industry with local manufacturers made increasingly aware of issues affecting the industry internationally and strategies in operation elsewhere. The monitoring of research and development in technology and emission regulations has contributed significantly to the Australian industry’s efforts to ensure its standards are world class.

The four basic principles for the cement industry’s contribution to sustainable development are:

  • Promoting quality of life
  • Producing high-quality cement products for all types of construction projects, while protecting health and safety. Providing preferred employment opportunities and working with our local communities.
  • Protecting ecosystems
  • Actively preventing mining or related activities from systematically degrading natural systems beyond rehabilitation or recovery.