AN INDUSTRY COMMITTED To the communities we help BUILD and live in.
The Canadian cement and concrete industry has always had the privilege of seeing the role we’ve played in building the communities in which we live and experiencing the results. We can literally reach out and touch our lasting contribution every day. It is a proud heritage and a deep connection. This intimate connection to the built environment helps us recognize that sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential values for the continued success of our industry and society.
There is no question that society’s needs are shifting. For example, climate change will redefine our economy and is already ushering in a transformation in the way we think about everything, from energy to transportation and all facets of the built environment. Canada’s cement and concrete manufacturers are proactively innovating and adapting our products and processes to contribute to a sustainable future. (Learn more about our role in today’s communities)
Our forward thinking work focuses on four main areas:
- Reducing the carbon impact of our manufacturing processes.
- Improving the sustainability performance of our products over the life of buildings, pavements and other concrete infrastructure.
- Participating as an active partner in forward thinking public policy decisions.
- Supporting community initiatives locally and nationally.
We are proud of this leadership as we are of our industry’s vital contribution to Canada’s economy — 170,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs and $82 billion in direct and indirect impact.
THE COMMITMENT OF CANADA’S CEMENT MANUFACTURERS
Reducing society’s environmental carbon footprint is today’s major challenge. Cement manufacturers in Canada recognize this and do not shy away from taking an active role in finding solutions.
Change starts with a commitment. Virtually all Canadian cement manufacturers are signatories to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Cement Sustainability Initiative.
We back up our commitment with action by driving continuous improvement in all stages of the supply chain and across all industry segments, investing in transformational innovations and seeking out solutions oriented partners.Canadian cement manufacturers members of the CAC:
Concrete Producers Associations
CONCRETE PRODUCERS ASSOCIATIONS AND THEIR ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS
Most Canadian cement companies are also involved in the production of ready-mixed concrete and various forms of concrete-based construction. Together with independent producers of concrete, they are involved in promoting and advancing best practices in sustainability, including:
- Increasing the use of recycled materials, including industrial by-products, thus conserving valuable natural resources and reducing process energy required to manufacture concrete.
- Exploring new ways to further reduce the carbon footprint through the development of innovative concrete mixtures.
Finally, the whole industry continues to enhance transportation efficiency and delivery methods to reduce the environmental impact of the construction process.
NATIONAL CONCRETE PRODUCERS ASSOCIATIONS
Most Canadian cement companies and a great many independent producers of concrete, in its many forms, are active in these associations which aim to advance knowledge of concrete:
Provincial Ready-Mixed Concrete Associations
National and Provincial Concrete Pipe Associations