We have developed our strategy on four pillars representing the benchmark principles that inspire our work and our action plan in the definition of our Roadmap to 2030 which includes 26 sustainability objectives.

We promote a circular economy

We ensure that waste and secondary products become resources by integrating them into cement production and by entering into partnerships with other industrial players and public authorities. We are at the forefront in the use of raw materials and alternative fuels from urban and industrial waste and by-products.

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We respect the environment

We adopt all the necessary measures and the most innovative technological solutions to minimize the impact of our business on the environment.

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We value our people

We attract and value talent and ensure a safe and motivating work environment for our people who are our most important resource. We continue the process of consolidating structures in 18 countries and 5 continents to increase the integration of human resources and strengthen the platform. All this to create a distinctive One Group Culture and be "Concretely safe".

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We support our communities

We generate value for local communities listening to their needs and concerns and basing our relationships with them on transparency and accountability. Ours is a business of proximity: dialogue with institutions, communities and associations affected by plant operations is essential for the continuity and preservation of the business.


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The four pillars inspired the definition of our roadmap to 2030 which includes 26 sustainability objectives. The 26 objectives cover all priority areas to minimize our impact on the environment, create a healthy, safe and inclusive work environment, respect human rights and create a constructive and transparent relationship with local communities and business partners.

We have aligned the 26 sustainability goals to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Circular economy
    UN SDGs2030 TargetDetailed description2023 Results

    SDG ONU 12

    SDG ONU 13

    48% alternative fuel use for grey cement production by 2030The Group target has individual goals for each plant producing grey cement. The overall Group target defined, which also has intermediate targets for 2025, has a final target date of 2030.In 2023, the use of alternative fuels increased to 33% (32% in 2022).

    SDG ONU 12

    SDG ONU 13

    14% alternative fuel use for white cement production by 2030For white cement, CO₂ emissions will be reduced to 737 kg per ton of cement. The reduction will be achieved by replacing traditional fuels with fuels that have a lower emissions impact, in particular natural gas and other alternative fuels such as biomass, and by replacing clinker with mineral additives, such as limestone.In 2023, the use of alternative fuels was 2% and natural gas 16%. Alternative fuels affect the colour and for this reason their use is drastically limited in the production of white cement.

    SDG ONU 12

    SDG ONU 13

    Production of alternative fuels from wasteThe Group’s plants produce alternative fuels and thermal energy, minimizing landfill waste and contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.In 2023, the Group’s treatment plants produced a total of 11,120 tons of fuel from waste.
  • Environment
    UN SDGs2030 TargetDetailed description2023 Results
    SDG ONU 13CO2 reduction target for grey and white cementThe Group has defined a Roadmap to 2030 that will allow for the constant reduction of CO₂ emissions per ton of cement. The Group will reduce emissions of CO₂ per ton of grey cement to 458 kg, which is below the limits required by the European Taxonomy and equates to a 36% reduction from 2020 levels. 
    For white cement, CO₂ emissions will be reduced to 737 kg per ton of cement.
    In 2023, the emissions per ton of grey cement were 655 kg, 9% lower than in 2020, while emissions per ton of white cement were 846 kg, 7% lower than in 2020.
    SDG ONU 13Net zero emissionsThe goal of the Group is to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions to zero or to a residual level that is consistent with reaching net-zero emissions at the global level in eligible 1.5°C scenarios and to neutralise any residual emissions at the net-zero target date.In February 2024, the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) validated that the CO2 reduction targets for the near-term (2030) and long-term (2050) defined by Cementir are in line with the 1.5°C Scenario.

    SDG ONU 7

    SDG ONU 9

    SDG ONU 9

    100 million green investments in the 2024-2026 periodIn the 2024-2026 Industrial Plan, we have planned investments in sustainability for 100 million euros.In February 2024, the Board of Directors approved the 2024-2026 Industrial Plan.
    SDG ONU 13Lowering clinker content of grey cement to 64%FUTURECEM®, is a low-carbon cement which allows more than 35 % of the energy intensive clinker in cement to be replaced by limestone and calcined clay.
    By 2030, FUTURECEM®  volumes sold are expected to reach around 51% of total volumes sold in Europe and 60% of grey cement volumes.
    In 2023, the clinker ratio for grey cement was decreased to 79%, from the 80% of 2022.
    In January 2021, Cementir started the distribution of FUTURECEM® and the sales expectations were fully met in 2021-2023 period.
    SDG ONU 13Lowering clinker content of white cement to 78%For white cement, CO₂ emissions will be reduced to 737 kg per ton of cement. The reduction will be achieved by replacing traditional fuels with fuels that have a lower emission impact, in particular natural gas and other alternative fuels such as biomass, and by replacing clinker with mineral additives, such as limestone.In 2023, the clinker to cement ratio for white cement was 79%, down from 81% in 2022.
    SDG ONU 12Companies must operate with a certified environmental management system (i.e. ISO 14001)The Group plans to certify all cement plants by 2025 and all RMC plants by 2027.As of 2023, 8 cement plants (accounting for the 93% of the total cement production), 3 RMC companies (accounting for the 30% of the total RMC production) and one waste management company (accounting for the 100% of the waste managed by the group) are ISO 14001 certified.
    SDG ONU 6Group water related targetsThe Group has defined a 10-year roadmap that will allow for the reduction of the water consumption per cement produced by 20% compared to 2019 (plan baseline). For the plants located in high water-stress areas, for which the specific water consumption is already lower than the Group average, the reduction target is 25%.In 2023, specific water consumption was further reduced. 
    In 2023, water consumption was 387 litres per ton of cement, versus 402 recorded in 2022. For plants located in high water-stress areas, water consumption was 246 litres per ton of cement versus 257 recorded in 2022.
    Goal15Biodiversity preservationCementir is committed to minimising negative impacts and where possible enhancing biodiversity by following the international best practices in place. Rehabilitation plan in all active sites by 2025: 100%. Biodiversity value assessment of all active sites and Biodiversity Management Plan for all high biodiversity sites by 2030.In 2023, 95% of quarry rehabilitation plans are in place.
    In 2022, we issued the biodiversity and rehabilitation guidelines to set Group wide standards and targets aligned with international best practices to review all existing biodiversity plans in place, identify improvements in rehabilitation plans and identify high biodiversity value quarries.
    SDG ONU 17Supporting Denmark in delivering a 70% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030Through Aalborg Portland, the Group is involved in the most ambitious CO2 reduction project sponsored by a government. Aalborg Portland is leading the technical group that will provide to the Danish government the technical forecast of all potential CO2 reductions achievable by energy intensive industries in Denmark and will define the prerequisites (policy, research, innovation, subsidies, etc.) for such reductions.Aalborg Portland has committed to reducing its Scope 1 emissions to maximum 600,000 tonnes by 2030. This reduction entails delivering a 73% reduction of Scope 1 emission compared to 2021 levels.
  • People
    UN SDGs2030 TargetDetailed description2023 Results
    SDG ONU 4Sustainable talent managementKey positions are filled internally with top-class candidates worldwide.In 2023, a Group talent review was conducted with the aim of obtaining an overview of performance trends and assessing potential readiness for advancement into higher or more complex roles. This process enabled us to identify key individuals for retention through development plans and to pinpoint key roles that need to be filled by a roster of potential successors in the short, medium, and long term, thereby ensuring business continuity.

    SDG ONU 5


    Promoting diversity in the workforceCementir is committed to promoting diversity in the workforce.In 2021, the Group Internal Audit defined a work program for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) audits. In 2023, the audits were carried out in all of the Group’s companies, with a coverage of 100% of Cementir’s workforce worldwide. The analyses highlighted that, internal operations are in line with internationally recognised diversity, equity and inclusion principles, furthermore no risks were identified during the audit activities.
    SDG ONU 3People engagementIncrease engagement across the Group by listening, engaging and implementing improvement plans.In November 2022 the Cementir Group launched its second Global People Survey, ‘Your Voice’. Mirroring the survey performed in 2019, this survey involved all Cementir employees.

    SDG ONU 3

    SDG 8

    Zero accidents strategyTo achieve it the Group is focusing on: 
    - Leadership in practice
    - Commitment & Responsibility 
    - Risk Management 
    - Involvement & Participation 
    - Competence & Awareness 
    - Continuous improvement.
    In 2023, there were no fatalities and high-consequence injuries occurred among employees and contractors/subcontractors.
    SDG 8All cement plants must operate with a certified health and safety management system (i.e. ISO 45001).The Group plans to certify all cement plants by 2022.All cement plants are ISO 45001 certified.
    E-WEB-Goal-08All RMC plants must operate with a certified health and safety management system (i.e. ISO 45001)The Group plans to certify all RMC plants by 2027.As of today, RMC plants are not certified ISO 45001.
    SDG ONU 4Quality Education for employeesIn 2018, the Group launched the Cementir Academy, a training hub that aims to develop and enhance the technical, behavioural and managerial skills of all our employees.More than 80,000 hours of training were provided in 2023.

    SDG ONU 13


    Link between employee remuneration and sustainability targetsThe sustainability targets defined by the Group are included in the monetary incentive plan adopted by Cementir.The remuneration of the whole C-level is strictly linked to ESG topics (e.g. Occupational Health & Safety, CO2 emissions reduction and so on), specifically these KPIs account for the 15 – 20 % of their remuneration.



    Promotion of gender equality with an objective of at least 30% of the Board of Directors being composed of womenImplementation of a specific Group Diversity Policy.As of December 2023 the Board was composed for its 50% by women, outperforming the defined target.
  • Local community
    UN SDGs2030 TargetDetailed description2023 Results

    SDG ONU 13


    Transparent communication with stakeholdersIn 2023, filling in the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire and Water Security Questionnaire and an assurance by the external auditors.In 2023, Cementir was awarded ‘A-’ both for the management of climate change issues and for water management.  In 2023, a limited assurance engagement on the Sustainability Report was provided by external auditors.
    SDG ONU 4Quality Education for the local communityIn Turkey, the Group supports the Çimentaş Education and Health Foundation. Since it was founded, the Foundation has sponsored over 500 scholarships for secondary school and university students. Thanks to the Foundation’s financial support, the Işıkkent High School was founded.The Işıkkent High School provides education at all levels from nursery school to secondary school.
    SDG ONU 10Implementation of monitoring systems to eliminate human rights related risks across the GroupA human rights self-assessment checklist, based on the Cementir Code of Ethics, UN Declaration on Human Rights, ILO Conventions and UK Slavery Act has been established and has been included in the Internal Audit process. Starting from 2020, the Internal Audit Department has verified the effective compliance of each company in the following areas: child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination, conditions of employment, security, and supply chain management. In 2022 new categories of analysis have been implemented: community relationship, customers management and diversity, equity and inclusion.In 2023, this activity was carried out in the main companies, with a coverage of 100% of the Cementir workforce worldwide, involving the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Türkiye, United States, China, Malaysia, Egypt, Italy, UK and Poland.
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