As a global Group with a strong regional business focus, we operate at many locations worldwide. Our production and quarrying sites are generally designed for a service life of several decades. To maintain acceptance of our business activities at the sites over these long periods, we are active in the communities close to our plants and fulfil our corporate social responsibility (CSR). We create jobs and promote local economic development with our wages, investment, procurement, and taxes, particularly in economically weak regions.

Social engagement at our locations

We have made a commitment to social responsibility in our Code of Business Conduct. At our locations, we strive for a constructive, trusting, and neighbourly relationship with local residents. We support the social and economic development of our neighbouring communities and foster ongoing, transparent communication with all relevant stakeholders. We aim to work with local partners to create added value both for our Group and for the local community. People in the communities where we operate also expect us to contribute to the areas surrounding our production sites by regularly providing information about our business activities and through our commitment to local social, economic, and environmental development.

As management tasks, social responsibility and a commitment to good relationships with our stakeholders – particularly at our production sites – are integral to our CSR strategy. The national management team, together with the national CSR manager, is responsible for social engagement in each country. Funding decisions for individual countries are made by the national management teams within their budgetary framework. Together with the ESG coordinators, they are also responsible for analysing local needs and for selecting, implementing, and monitoring appropriate projects.

Group of laughing and waving children
Corporate Citizenship
Employees wearing white helmets and orange vests
Diversity/Talent Management

Case Studies and Projects

  • Four women from Sierra Leone with colourful bags with lions on it

    From cement bag to fashion accessory

    Used cement bags from Heidelberg Materials' subsidiary Leocem in Sierra Leone and traditional African fabrics are being redesigned into fashionable carrier bags – the eye-catcher of the season! The bags are waterproof and tear-resistant and can carry heavy loads. They are also an excellent example of upcycling.
  • Woman with construction helmet standing on an industrial plant, concrete mixer trucks below

    Occupational health and safety – always close to where the action is

    People who come to one of our plants for the first time are often overwhelmed by the multitude of activity. There are heavy machines operating in the quarry, whose wheels alone are twice your height; the rotary kiln, in which limestone is burned at over 1000 degrees Celsius, causing you break out in a sweat even from a safe distance; the mixing plants, with so many cubic metres of concrete being mixed that no bakery in the world could compare; and, amidst of all this, our fleet of green trucks that deliver our products to their final destinations. It gets clear very quickly: Here is a lot of action taking place!
  • A group of volunteers with their rescue dogs in front of trucks

    Partners in action: Alex Fraser and Search and Rescue Dogs Australia Inc.

    Alex Fraser construction and demolition recycling facilities are an ideal training ground for search and rescue dogs
  • People with yellow bags on the beach

    Social commitment at our location in Safi, Morocco

    For almost 20 years, our subsidiary Ciments du Maroc has been active in the “Let our beaches smile” initiative in the Safi region.
  • Hands under a water tap

    Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace (WASH)

    HeidelbergCement signs WASH Pledge WBCSD