Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. celebrated International Volunteer Day on December 5 by setting a new target in connection with its volunteering commitments for 2020, aligned with the company’s vision of building a better future while contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Currently, 22% of Cemex employees worldwide are performing diverse volunteering activities that directly contribute not only to the company’s five priority SDGs, but also to the four pillars of the company’s community investment strategy: education and development of capabilities for employability, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and mobility, social and environmental innovation and entrepreneurship, and a culture of environmental protection, health, and safety. Building on this momentum, Cemex’s new goal is to increase this percentage by up to 30% by 2020.
“At Cemex, we are committed to improving the quality of life and wellbeing of society, particularly in the communities where we live and work. Our volunteering strategy seeks to identify our employees’ interests and skills, together with ways they can give back what they have experienced in their professional career through volunteering,” said Martha Herrera, Cemex director of corporate social responsibility. “Our employees, as global citizens, are committed to the development of their community and their planet, and they are actively driven by our vision of building a better future for everyone locally and globally. Through volunteerism, we can continue to achieve a true transformation of our ecosystem. While we know that there is still much to do, it is inspiring to see how our employees are committed to contributing and collaborating to build the sustainable world that we want and deserve today and for generations to come.”
The global efforts to which employees at Cemex are contributing include:
- In Mexico, employees participate in the Cemex Unite corporate volunteering program, giving their time, talent, effort and leadership on behalf of their community, highlighted by the collection 1,600 kg of trash in the La Huasteca region.
- In Nicaragua, volunteers participated in hands-on activities to better life on land and in the water and to mitigate climate change through reforestation and ecosystem restoration, improving the quality of life of the communities in which they live and work.
- In the U.S., Cemex continues its mission of promoting road safety by participating in the Arizona Bicycling Summit. It also held its first Arizona-based Safer Roads Together event at the 29th Annual El Tour de Mesa, an annual cycling event that benefits dozens of local charities. The Safer Roads Together initiative is designed to give cyclists and pedestrians a better understanding of how to stay safer when they are on the streets.
Cemex understands the key role that volunteering plays in the company’s vision to build a better future for everyone, so employees from all of its countries and levels remain motivated to give their time, skills and effort for the wellbeing of the communities where the company operates.