The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a voluntary CEO-led global program initiated by leading cement companies in 1999, and operating under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The member companies of the CSI believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development, and that, in addition to their respective individual commitments and achievements, collective action by business is crucial to create a sustainable future.
Today, the CSI represents 24 member companies, with operations in over 100 countries, accounting for about one third of global cement production. In addition, the CSI is partnering with more than a dozen national or regional cement trade associations, to cooperate on all aspects of its work, and ensure a proper information sharing process at national, regional and international levels.
Whilst being aware that the proper understanding and management of sustainability issues would be a prerequisite to development and growth for the sector, the founding members of the CSI started out with extensive research and stakeholder consultation to develop the baseline from which to address sustainable development in the cement industry. Based on this work, the CSI's Agenda for Action was published in 2002. It sets out the work program, including joint and individual company commitments on the major sustainability issues in the cement industry.
Based on that Agenda for Action, the CSI member companies collectively established guidelines for good practice in all these areas, and agreed on key performance indicators (KPIs) and measurable targets, while developing methodologies to report on these KPIs. All these tools contribute effectively to the sustainable development of the cement sector only if fully and properly implemented by CSI members and the global cement industry beyond. That is why the associated publications are free and available to all for download from the CSI website at www.wbcsdcement.org.
Each member commits to implement the CSI guidelines in its operating facilities, as well as to set individual performance targets, and to report publicly on progress. By joining the initiative, companies sign up to the CSI Charter
This report describes the achievements of the CSI and its member companies in addressing the commitments undertaken in 2002, and outlines how the CSI strives to improve the performance of the whole sector, in collaboration with external partners, when appropriate. Managing sustainable development issues is a continuous improvement process, CSI aims at building trust in the cement sector to assume its responsibilities and be a driving force for the future. In this regard, transparency is key: this report reflects this approach, providing all stakeholders with a view of the CSI's achievements so far, and of the challenges now, and in the years ahead.