Holcim, IUCN Collaborate on Nature-Positive Change 

Holcim entered a three-year global strategic partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that focuses on improving biodiversity, water stewardship and awareness programs across its operations.

Building on Holcim’s science-based approach to nature, IUCN will validate its biodiversity baseline, while identifying ways for improvement; advise on the protection of freshwater sources beyond Holcim’s sites; and support Holcim in driving and promoting the inclusion of biodiversity into building standards. Together, Holcim and IUCN will lead nature awareness programs across key stakeholder groups to accelerate impact. 

“I am excited to be entering a new era of collaboration with IUCN to strengthen our positive impact on nature from biodiversity to water,” said Nollaig Forrest, chief sustainability officer, Holcim. “Together, we aim to bring more nature into cities by accelerating the integration of biodiversity across the built environment, from building standards to design. Contributing to a nature-positive future is at the core of our purpose to build progress for people and the planet.” 

Holcim’s partnership with IUCN builds on their work in 2014 to develop the Biodiversity Indicator and Reporting System (BIRS) methodology, enabling Holcim to launch its sector’s first measurable biodiversity targets. Building on this robust approach, Holcim was selected among 17 companies worldwide to pilot the world’s first Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) targets for nature, to be launched in 2024.

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