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Sustainable Development

Empowerment, Diversity and Capacity-Building

As a global business we understand the differentiated priorities and needs of our local communities.

CEMEX aims to add public value by leveraging our business capabilities, our global network of employees and strategic alliances to enhance the solutions we offer.

We’ve created initiatives across sectors that seek to provide vulnerable groups with a number of opportunities for growth.

Our Social Inclusion Programs

Empowering Women
Almost 30 years ago, CEMEX aligned with ANSPAC, a non-profit organization that provides technical training and guidance to women living near our cement plants.

In 2016, more than 6,000 women benefited from workshops offered by CEMEX in partnership with ANSPAC.

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Empowering Disabled Individuals
An inclusive program, UNIDOS fosters collaboration between volunteers and people with physical disabilities, working with organizations to incorporate disabled individuals into activities and projects.

In addition, our “Congruencia” program in corporates those with disabilities into our company, recognizing people’s talent and skills regardless of their condition.

Capacity-Building Initiatives

New Employment Opportunities for Youth
Led by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group along with the International Youth Foundation, the IDB’s Social Sector Department and corporate partners Arcos Dorados, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Walmart and CEMEX, the New Employment Opportunities for Youth (NEO) program focuses on increasing job entry among poor and low-income youth.

Balancing Performance and Sustainability

Mason Training Program
CEMEX Philippines continues implementing its ‘Experto Ako’ program, providing free masonry training to masons within the community. The program, in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Training Education and Skills Development Authority, helps masons enhance their craft and develop professional skills to improve the way they run their business and manage finances.

Apprentice Drivers Program
This yearlong scheme is designed to help fill the need for more drivers in the UK, providing 18-24 year olds with the opportunity to learn about our business and get their Driving Goods Vehicles apprentice certification before they are then hired as full-time employees.


Volunteer programs allow CEMEX employees to offer their talent, time and leadership to make a difference in their communities. Of the countries in which we operate, 75 % have volunteering programs in place.

'Manos a la Obra' Volunteering Program in Mexico and Latin America
CEMEX's volunteer program through which we offer our talent, time and leadership to make a difference for the benefit of society. Through its activities, we participate with actions that contribute in issues such as education, environment and community development. We contribute to improving the quality of life of children who need it most and protect green areas of our environment by planting 5,000 trees.


Lend-a-Hand Volunteering Scheme in CEMEX UK
Through the UK’s ‘Lend-a-Hand’ scheme, every employee is allowed to take one volunteer day each year to help a local charity. The program also promotes team building, bringing together small groups from across the business to participate in a variety of volunteer activities, from hospice decorating to refurbishing children’s playgrounds.

‘Hero’ Our Volunteering Program in the Philippines
“HERO” (Help. Engage. Reach Out) program encourages employees to invest time and effort to disaster relief operations, safety education, community outreach and many other causes.

Since 2015, CEMEX Philippines undertakes local restoration and sustainability initiatives such as tree mangrove planting and river cleanup activities with the Provincial Government of Rizal.

Building the Future Foundation
For the last six years, CEMEX Poland’s Building the Future Foundation has focused on a grant competition and volunteer program that support and shape numerous environmental and social initiatives.

Latvia’s “CEMEX Opportunity Fund”
In Latvia, employees can apply for the "CEMEX Opportunity Fund", which is a fund targeted for projects that have a positive social and environmental impact. Employees can nominate NGOs in which they are members. Projects are evaluated on publicly available rules, which apply equally to the projects that were not presented by employees.