World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI)
Construction & Materials
Human Rights, Environment, Anti-Corruption
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), is leading the process of creating the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) in order to develop and run a certification scheme for the concrete and cement sector.
Construction professionals are increasingly inquiring about transparent and reliable information on the responsible sourcing of building materials. To fill this gap, industry professionals from cement & concrete producers, associations in the concrete supply chain and certification & training institutes joined hand to develop a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete, aiming to fulfill six primary objectives, which include:
1. Improve the sustainable use of concrete by promoting responsible practices throughout the value chain and incentivizing continuous improvement;
2. Improve transparency in the concrete sector by making sustainable initiatives more visible and enable organizations to demonstrate leadership;
3. Obtain recognition for the sustainable effort in certification rating systems by getting credits for responsibly sourced concrete in green building rating systems such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, GreenStar, HQE, etc.;
4. Obtain recognition in “green procurement” government policies and policies for social procurement;
5. Improve public opinion of both the concrete product and the sector;
6. Improve the business case for responsible/sustainable concrete.
The CSC is envisioned to own and operate the responsible sourcing certification system, and will establish common benchmarking performance measures in the concrete sector as well as for upstream suppliers. The CSC will also identify and promote responsible practices throughout the concrete supply chain that are based on a set of agreed upon key sustainability principles determined by stakeholder engagement, which include:
- Principle 1: Organizational Excellence. Organizations that have the processes professionalized (quality management, supplier management systems, etc.).
- Principle 2: Transparency. Organizations need to be transparent in their performance and are rewarded for reporting and benchmarking.
- Principle 3: Human Rights. Labor rights, local impact on communities, public outreach, stakeholder involvement, etc.
- Principle 4: Responsible Economics. Anti-corruption, fair flow of capital, equitable use and sharing of benefits, economic impacts on society and assurance.
- Principle 5: Materials Traceability. A professional and responsible supply chain.
- Principle 6: Environmental Performance. Reduce the impact of the product and production and improve the added value to the environment.
- Principle 7: Health and Safety. Dust, noise, air quality, water quality, and employee safety, etc.