"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. Safety performance is assessed across all operating locations and the continued development of safety culture is a key focus for the Group. We have carried out safety culture assessments at every one of our materials businesses in North America, covering all employees at 1,200 locations across 43 states.
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 and creating lasting value for society. 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 2012, Republic Cement, CRH's Heavy Materials Division in Asia, has established a national partnership with the Micro Finance Institution (MFI) to help tackle the problem of inadequate housing for low-income families in the Philippines, as part of the Tahanan Ko project. To date this initiative has released over 16,000 housing loans worth over €8.5 million, positively impacting 503,000 lives. Also, since 2010, Oldcastle, CRH’s US Division, has established a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity, donating building materials and organising volunteers for many home-building projects, Oldcastle has sponsored seven complete home builds, with the latest project completed in 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
CRH - Achieving recognition for Sustainability Performance
CRH Group companies received close to 300 external sustainability awards in 2016. Farrans, which operates throughout Northern Ireland and the UK, achieved Platinum Status in the Arena Network Environmental Benchmarking Survey in 2016. This Survey is a key driver to ensure that environmental issues are on the agenda of organisations across Northern Ireland.
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