Partnership between Holcim and IUCN renewed


IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Holcim have decided to renew a partnership agreement set up to protect biodiversity at Holcim’s quarries around the world. The partnership, which began in 2007, has been extended for a further three years.

Extraction of mineral resources in quarries can impact biodiversity in surrounding areas, meaning that protecting biodiversity is a constantly evolving challenge. Recommendations from a panel of IUCN experts following numerous site visits led to the development of a Group strategy and a biodiversity management system. In a number of countries, Holcim has also worked together with IUCN at a local level – including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain and China.

The partnership is also intended to further the exchange of experience with third parties. Holcim and IUCN have made the recommendations public with the aim of stimulating discussion and encouraging other companies to follow Holcim’s example.

An independent review has found that the main objectives of the partnership agreement between IUCN and Holcim have been fulfilled. The further cooperation aims to ensure that by 2013, Holcim will achieve its target of having a plan to protect biodiversity at 80 percent of its quarries in environmentally sensitive areas. Additional topics of the cooperation include defining indicators for measuring the success of the biodiversity management system, and developing a water management program.

Further information is available on the Holcim and IUCN websites: and

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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents.

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IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

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This media release is also available in German.

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