By Rusen Kumar
MUMBAI: ACC Limited on World Environment Day, June 5, 2017 released its Sustainable Development Report ‘So The World Builds Better‘ for the year 2017, following the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 4.0 Sustainability Guidelines. This is ACC Limited’s sixth sustainable development report, which is a report card to its stakeholders on the social, environmental and economic performance of the company.
“Sustainable development is recognized by us as a process of development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, said ACC Limited.
“In 2016 we formulated our SD 2030 Plan outlining the path we wish to take to build and secure for ourselves a sustainable future. Aligned with the LafargeHolcim 2030 Plan that supports the UN “Sustainable Development Goals”, our plan comprises a set of commitments divided broadly into four main fields of action that address climate change, circular economy, water & nature and people & communities. Our 2030 Plan targets sets quantitative targets related to our direct and indirect impacts over the whole life-cycle of our products and services on which we will periodically monitor and report progress.” said, Neeraj Akhoury, Managing Director & CEO.
“We believe this constitutes balancing the Triple Bottom Line – defined as the achievement of three interdependent and mutually reinforcing goals of economic development, social development, and environmental protection.”, added Akhoury.
Commitment for Environment
“We remain committed to protect the environment against the impact of climate change through our entire value chain with an aim to demonstrate leadership in environment performance.
The company’s carbon footprint is counted among the best-in-class and our emissions show a reduction of 30 per cent from the base line of 1990.”, said Akhoury.
“We respect the needs of all stakeholders and strive to create value for them. The main themes of our sustainability agenda comprise Health & Safety, concrete steps in mitigating climate change notably through mineral, environment and energy conservation, community development, customer excellence & product development, affordable construction and transparency in our sustainability reporting and communication.” said report.
In 2016 the company’s community development programmes reached out to benefit over 4.23 lakh people in 202 villages across the country with projects in the broad thematic areas of Livelihood, Education, Health & Sanitation. Total CSR spend was Rs 22.27 Cr for the year.
In 2016, we utilized 3.90 million tonnes of flyash, 2.67 million tonnes of slag, 1.10 million tonnes of crushed rock fines, 0.32 million tonnes of alternative materials, thus providing sustainable environmental friendly services to the nation and contributing to resource conservation.