In more than 40 countries across the world, the name HeidelbergCement stands for competency and quality. HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates and a prominent player in the fields of cement, concrete and other downstream activities, making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials. In 2009, Group turnover amounted to approximately EUR 11 billion. The core activities of HeidelbergCement include the production and distribution of cement and aggregates, the two essential raw materials for concrete. We supplement our product range with downstream activities such as ready-mixed concrete, concrete products and concrete elements, as well as other related products and services. Around 53,000 employees in more than 2,500 locations make sure on a daily basis that our slogan ”for better building“ is brought to life.
Because natural resources are the basis of our business,sustainable development and environmental precaution play an important role in our activities.
As a company that extracts raw materials,we make the most efficient use of mineral resources that have formed over millions of years. Traditionally, we have given the
highest priority to environmentally friendly quarrying processes as well as subsequent renaturation and recultivation measures for our quarries.
From the first stages of quarrying activities, HeidelbergCement ensures to protect the animal and plant species whose habitat is in the surrounding nature. In this regard, the Group has taken several actions to protect and even
increase the species diversity in its quarries.
In 2008, HeidelbergCement was the first company in the industry to develop and implement a mandatory guideline in Europe to promote biological diversity. This guideline defines
consistent standards for recultivation and renaturation in the quarrying sites and ensures that all measures for subsequent use take into account the economic, ecological, and social
needs of the community.
The ten principles of the guideline are geared to encourage dialogue with all stakeholders – such as environmental authorities, nature conservation organisations and local communities
– as well as to increase biodiversity during and
after quarrying but also to protect the nature and typical species of the area. Adapted to regional characteristics, its purpose is to allow uniform measures for subsequent use
of sites to be co-ordinated internationally, thus laying the foundation for systematic biodiversity management at HeidelbergCement.