Taiheiyo Cement Corporation has participated actively in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a sector project initiated under the auspices of the WBCSD, and works together with worldwide leading cement companies to further promote initiatives aimed at the sustainable development of the cement industry to effectively address social and environmental issues.

 WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of some 200 of the world's most forward-thinking companies that are concerned with the environment and share a philosophy of achieving sustainable development.
Keidanren (the Japan Business Federation) is also affiliated with the WBCSD. Taiheiyo Cement has been a member of WBCSD since 1999.

2. WBCSD's CSI Activity
 The CSI was initiated in November 1999 as a sector project with the aim of researching and investigating pathways to the sustainable development of the cement industry. The first stage of the program involved the contracting of a non-profit, independent research organization (Battelle Memorial Institute) to conduct studies and research into the sustainability of the cement industry, in addition to holding meetings and dialogues with stakeholders around the world in order to understand their criticisms and expectations to the cement industry.
In April 2002, the final report from the Battelle Memorial Institute entitled, "Toward a Sustainable Cement Industry," was completed with the assistance of a large number of parties. The institute identified the important challenges facing the cement industry and suggested improvements needed in the areas of business activities, social development and management processes in order to achieve sustainable development.
Based on the findings above, in the second stage of the CSI, ten cement companies determined key issues to be addressed and formulated"Agenda for Action", which was announced as a joint commitment.

Overview of the Agenda for Action
 The Agenda for Action, which was jointly announced in 2002, contained joint and individual company commitments relating to the key issues for the cement industry. The first progress report on the Agenda for Action was released in 2005, and progress for the five year period (to 2007), which was the term of the first stage of the Agenda for Action, was announced in 2008. Following that, the CSI published its Progress Report, which summarized achievements during its ten years of activities and future challenges, in 2012 with intention of the holding the Rio +20 meeting.
The CSI member companies are currently working to address the key issues outlined below. Based on the achievements of these activities, they have released various guidelines. As a result of a reexamination of the scope of activities, key issues such as supply chain management etc. have been added. Sustainable development, which is the target, cannot be achieved through these CSI activities alone. Going forward, Taiheiyo Cement will seek to collaborate with other organizations, institutions and groups. It will also encourage other cement companies to get involved.

[Key issues]
  • Climate Protection
  • Fuel & Materials
  • Health & Safety
  • Emissions Reduction
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainability with concrete
  • Water
[Principal Guidelines Developed under the CSI]
  • "CO2 and Energy Accounting and Reporting Standard for Cement Industry"
  • "Guidelines for Co-processing Fuels and Raw Materials in the Cement Manufacturing Process"
  • "Safety in the Cement Industry: Guidelines for Measuring and Reporting"
  • "Health and Safety in the Cement Industry: Examples of Good Practice"
  • "Guidelines for Emissions Monitoring and Reporting in the Cement Industry"
  • "Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Guidelines"
  • "Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation"
[Related Materials]
Taiheiyo Cement Group's Environment Targets
Taiheiyo Cement Group’s Environment Targets
CSI Members
 Twenty-four member companies, including 12 WBCSD member companies, collaborate with related organizations and NGOs (as of August 2014).
Core members
Participating members
CEMEX (Mexico)
CIMPOR (Portugal)
CRH (Ireland)
HeidelbergCement (Germany)
Holcim (Switzerland)
Italcementi (Italy)
Lafarge (France)
SCG Cement (Thailand)
Taiheiyo Cement (Japan)
Titan (Greece)
Votorantim (Brazil)
Argos (Columbia)
China Resources Cement Holding Limited (China)
Cimentos Liz (Brazil)
Cimsa (Turkey)
CNBM (China)
Dalmia Cement (India)
GCC (Mexico)
SECIL (Portugal)
Shree Cement (India)
Shinoma (China)
Tianrui Group (China)
Ultratech Cement (India)
Yatai Group (China)
Communication partners
Trade associations in each country, region (includes Japan Cement Association [JCA])

Corporate Social Responsibility Group,
General Affairs Department, Taiheiyo Cement Corporation
Tel: +81-3-5531-7335