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1920
CEMEX introduces a housing program for employees of the Monterrey plant.

1920

CEMEX introduces a housing program for employees of the Monterrey plant.

1960

To filter dust, CEMEX introduces bag-house technology, a significant industry innovation.

1978

CEMEX's Monterrey and Mérida plants kilns' four-phase pre-heaters reduce the cost of installation and collect dust in their filters.

1990

CEMEX develops a wildlife conservation project around the recently opened Yaqui plant in Mexico.

1993

CEMEX begins publishing annual conservation books to promote the preservation of biodiversity. CEMEX develops an environmental policy.

1994

CEMEX formally establishes its eco-efficiency program, the cornerstone of its sustainable development strategy.

1995

CEMEX publishes its first environmental report. CEMEX becomes a member of The World Environment Center.

1996

CEMEX's first cement plant obtains ISO 14001 environmental certification.

1997

CEMEX develops its strategy to manage carbon dioxide emissions.

CEMEX publishes its first Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) report.

1998

CEMEX establishes Patrimonio Hoy, a flagship program that provides low-income families with reliable access to low-cost materials.

CEMEX's CEO and Chairman of the Board becomes Council President of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University.

1999

CEMEX supports El Carmen, a private-public conservation project in Mexico. CEMEX is one of ten leading companies working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI).

2000

CEMEX establishes the CEMEX+FNPI New Journalism Award together with Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

CEMEX, with nine other leading cement companies, develops the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) Agenda for Action. CEMEX joins the Advisory Board of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship.

2001

In Mexico, CEMEX launches Construrama, a retail building solutions network.

2002

CEMEX receives the World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement.

2003

CEMEX publishes its first sustainability report. All of CEMEX's cement plants in Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, Venezuela, and Egypt achieve ISO 14001 certification.

2004

CEMEX signs the UN Global Compact.

CEMEX launches its integrated health program to promote employee wellness.

CEMEX launches its ConstruCard program to provide financing options for people at the base of the economic pyramid.

2005

CEMEX becomes a member of the Global Leadership Network (GLN), a network of global companies committed to achieving world-class performance in corporate citizenship.

2006

The EHS Steering Committee becomes the Sustainability Steering Committee and extends its scope to new issues.

CEMEX upgrades its EHS management system to pilot a sustainability management system (SMS).

CEMEX creates the Corporate Vice Presidency of Sustainability, replacing its former EHS department.

CEMEX publicly reports on Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) indicators regarding climate-change management, fuels and materials use, health and safety, emissions monitoring and reporting, and local impacts.

CEMEX publishes CSI commitments.

CEMEX receives a World Business Award for Patrimonio Hoy from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Prince of Wales International Business Leader's Forum (IBLF), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

2007

For the first time, CEMEX's CO2 emissions are audited by independent consultants.

CEMEX starts following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 guidelines to produce its 2006 Sustainable Development Report and meets an application level B.

CEMEX receives the Corporate Citizenship of the Americas Award from the Trust of the Americas for its Patrimonio Hoy program.

CEMEX signs a 10-year agreement with BirdLife International and commits to collaboration with them on habitat and biodiversity protection.

2008

The Spanish company ACCIONA Energía begins development of the Eurus Wind Farm Project, which, when fully operational, will provide 25% of CEMEX’s power needs in Mexico.

2009

CEMEX meets application level A+ from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

In November 2009, CEMEX was among sixteen leading corporations to sign a memorandum of understanding for the Corporate Commitment to Wilderness (CCW) at the Ninth World Wilderness Congress. CCW is an initiative of The Wild Foundation, the only international organization dedicated entirely to international wilderness protection.

CEMEX Chairman and CEO Lorenzo H. Zambrano signed the UN Caring for Climate statement in August 2009. Caring for Climate is a voluntary global initiative, developed jointly by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Program, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to address climate change on a global level. Caring for Climate provides an interface between global business leaders and governments to develop pragmatic business solutions to reduce climate risk and create value for companies.

2010

CEMEX introduced a carbon footprint tool—the first of its kind in the building materials industry—that allows the company to measure the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of all of our cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates products. It measures emissions from raw-material sourcing to the release of the finished product at the factory gate.

CEMEX begins a three-year partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to strengthen our approach to water issues. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. In this partnership, we will develop a strategy to minimize CEMEX’s impacts on water availability and quality and take better advantage of our water-related opportunities by effective water policies and management systems.

CEMEX took an active role at COP 16 (the sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) held in Cancun, Mexico November 29 through December 10, 2010.

2011

CEMEX joins the newly launched Sustainability Index of the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) and receives a Sustainability Seal issued by BMV. Seventy Mexican companies were analyzed based on adoption of international best practices. CEMEX is one of the 23 companies selected to join the Index.

CEMEX launches new Health and Safety policies, implements our new Health and Safety Management System, and requires greater accountability for safety performance from all our managers.

CEMEX celebrates its tenth year anniversary of habitat and conservation activities in El Carmen. Our El Carmen Initiative helps protect and conserve approximately 200,000 hectares of ecologically significant land along the United States–Mexico border through a progressive partnership between CEMEX, other private landowners, governments, NGOs, and universities.

CEMEX launches a new Biodiversity Policy in biodiversity management of our quarries.

2012

CEMEX took a Materiality Analysis, distributing 11,000 surveys to stakeholders all across 6 CEMEX regions. Of these, 1500 surveys were completed to us to be able to make a Materiality Matrix with 20 issues that impact on CEMEX and are a big concern for the Stakeholders.

CEMEX launch a new Sustainability Model with three main objectives and seven priorities:

  • Enhance our Value Creation
    • 1. Lead in Sustainable Construction
    • 2. Affordable Housing & Infrastructure
  • Manage Our Footprint
    • 3. Enhance Our Carbon Strategy
    • 4. Excellence in Environmental & Biodiversity Management
  • Engage our Stakeholders
    • 5. High Priority to Health & Safety
    • 6. Strengthen Local Communities
    • 7. Partnership with Key Stakeholders

CEMEX was named by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as the best Latin American company in terms of climate change data disclosure, and one of the top ten in overall carbon emissions performance. The CDP is a UK-based independent nongovernmental organization (NGO) that possesses the world’s largest database on corporate impact on climate change.

CEMEX’s Alternative Fuels Substitution Rate was 27.1% and we are implementing a global Environmental Management System (EMS) with all country operations completing implementation roadmaps to ensure full compliance by 2015.

2013

CEMEX completed 368 infrastructure projects, representing almost 7.5 million m2 of concrete pavement for highways, mass transit projects, airport runways and city streets in 15 countries. We built 7,513 affordable and/or energy efficient houses in 19 countries and we are gradually extending our housing solutions to all markets where CEMEX operates, both in developing and developed countries.

CEMEX published the new Corporate Water Policy and rolled-out our CEMEX Water Management Methodology throughout our operations. Also, we externally pre-verified our water withdrawals KPI for the first time.

CEMEX joined the UNGC 100 Index and was the only Mexican company selected for inclusion in the United Nations Global Compact 100, a new global stock index that combines corporate sustainability and baseline financial performance. The index selects companies based on their adherence to the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and evidence of their executive leadership’s commitment and baseline profitability.

2014

During 2014, CEMEX evolved its sustainability approach to ensure its commitments are integrated in the business strategy and its daily activities around the world. The company has also created a Sustainability Committee reporting directly to the Board of Directors to guide its sustainability strategy and efforts.

CEMEX completed almost 600 infrastructure projects that required more than 8 million m2 of concrete pavement in 14 countries, including highways, mass transit projects, airport runways and city streets. It also contributed to the construction of 3,150 affordable and resource efficient units in 12 countries, representing more than 180,000 m2 of construction.

CEMEX prepared its 2014 Sustainable Development Report migrating as of this year to the GRI-G4 Guidelines, opting for the “in accordance” Comprehensive option.

In 2014 our Corporate Human Rights Policy was signed and approved by our CEO.

2015

In 2015, CEMEX enabled the installation of more than 7.32 million m2 of concrete pavement by supporting the construction of more than 430 infrastructure projects across 19 countries. It also contributed to the construction of 2,400 affordable and resource efficient buildings in 13 countries, representing approximately 147,000 m2 of livable space.

Following collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IUCN, CEMEX committed to staying out of World Heritage sites and to building awareness of the need to protect them.

Birdlife International and CEMEX renewed their global partnership for a further three years to continue to promote and restore biodiversity of natural areas where mineral extraction takes place.