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Holcim CEO shares transformation vision, innovation solutions to support PH development, infra thrust

May 26, 2017

Building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. will implement transformation initiatives that further improve its ability to supply the market’s cement requirements, and provide innovative construction technology to help the country build better amid an infrastructure drive. The company also aims to contribute to the Philippines’ efforts for sustainability and health and safety by strengthening programs in these areas.

Holcim Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Sapna Sood shared these plans during the company’s shareholders meeting on May 26, where she outlined the various initiatives that will enable the building solutions provider to be more impactful in the construction industry and contribute in other areas of national development.

Sood said the company is currently preparing for a project supported by LafargeHolcim that will make its Bulacan Plant a model facility within the Group in terms of efficiency and safety. Initiatives to further improve customer service identified by its Logistics Excellence program are also underway including cement deliveries to key business partners within 24 hours.

She added that Holcim Philippines will support the construction sector beyond cement. The company will draw on the strength of global construction materials leader LafargeHolcim Group to introduce more innovative building solutions that help local builders raise sturdier and more resilient structures and execute these faster and within budget, she said.

The Philippine road segment, which gets the biggest share of the government’s infrastructure budget, is a focus area. The company plans to provide an integrated offer of building solutions and services that improve the ability of local contractors to implement road projects, Sood said.

Holcim Philippines also plans to be more active in supporting causes that are aligned with its values and business directions.

The Holcim executive cited the company’s Health and Safety culture as an example of a core value relevant to external stakeholders.

To support this, Sood plans to improve the company’s Customer Safety Engagement Program, which was initiated last year to instil a stronger appreciation of safety and its benefits to clients’ businesses. This year, the company’s sales force will again continue discussions on safety with business partners and check the impact of their initiatives last year.

Sood noted that sustainability is another focus area that can positively impact the Philippines. The company is in the process of aligning its corporate responsibility initiatives, operations and business goals with the LafargeHolcim Group’s to contribute to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Among its targets are reduced environmental impact, increased workforce diversity and introduction of new products that can help in socialized housing.