"CRH’s vision is to be the leading building materials business in the world"
CRH - Promoting a Culture of Safety
Safety is a core value at CRH and keeping people safe is a strategic priority at all levels of the organisation. CRH demands the very highest workplace safety standards across all operations. CRH continuously invests in safety and promotes innovative safety techniques. The “AWARE” system is a new innovative safety technology being trialled at Oldcastle Materials, US. It increases the safety of employees and contractors by alerting them to work zone intrusions by third party vehicles.
CRH - Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change
CRH emphasises the production of lower carbon products in climate-friendly processes across all activities. This is part of realising operational, logistical, production and cost efficiencies, as well as contributing to a more sustainable built environment. Shown is rail transport of bulk cement at Jura Cement’s Wildegg plant in Switzerland. Jura uses 75% alternative fuels and produces ECO JURA cement, which has an eco-label for its lower carbon footprint.
CRH - Protecting and Enhancing Biodiversity
CRH strives to protect and enhance biodiversity at every stage of operations. Shown is Dufferin’s Milton Quarry in Canada, which is in a designated World Biosphere area. Progressive rehabilitation has created new habitats for wildlife. More than one third of the area permitted for extraction has been restored to wetlands, meadows, lakes and wooded areas. Ongoing biodiversity monitoring shows that 120 bird species, 37 butterfly species and 6 amphibian species now use the rehabilitated area.
CRH - Supporting Communities
Since 2010, Oldcastle, CRH’s US Division, has established a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. As well as donating building materials and organising volunteers for many home-building projects, Oldcastle has sponsored six complete home builds, with the latest project completed in 2015 in Dallas, Texas (shown). This is a natural partnership that aligns directly to the Oldcastle business and extends the existing long-standing history which many local operating companies have with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
CRH - Achieving recognition for Sustainability Performance
CRH Group companies received close to 600 external sustainability awards in 2015. Farrans, which operates throughout Northern Ireland and the UK, was successful in the Considerate Constructors Scheme Regional Site Awards. These awards are judged on criteria including site impact, community engagement, environmental protection, and health and safety.
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