The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a voluntary CEO-led global program initiated by leading cement companies in 1999, and operating under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
In July 2002, based on the research findings of the Battelle Memorial Institute, a leading independent organization in the field of sustainable development, the CSI launched its "Agenda for Action," It sets out the work program, including joint and individual company commitments on the major sustainability issues in the cement industry.
In their 2002 Agenda for Action the CSI member companies defined a work program to proactively and systematically tackle the environmental and social impacts of cement manufacturing. They have since developed guidelines for good practice across all addressed issues and defined key performance indicators (KPIs)
and measurable targets to track progress. Companies report publicly on their performance with regards to the commitments taken in the CSI, as outlined in the CSI Charter. Detailed information on each issue can be found in the relevant sections below:
CO2 and Climate Protection
Responsible Use of Fuels and Raw Materials
Employee Health and Safety
Emissions Monitoring and Reduction
Local Impacts on Land and Communities
Sustainability with Concrete (this work area was added in 2007)
In 2010, the CSI undertook a strategic review of its work program. It confirmed and expanded the scope and activities of the above issues, and it added further issues to be addressed as part of the CSI work program. These are water, biodiversity and land stewardship, as well as supply chain management. Task Forces have been formed to define and develop the work on these issues.
In June 2012, the CSI published Progress Report which summarized CSI's achievements in ten years based on Agenda for Action and challenges to the next decade during the period of Rio+20.