CNBM, Tianrui Cement apply for CSI membership


Updated Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Dreamlike Cement Plant (from CSI website)

With the help of Lafarge Shui On Cement Co., Ltd., China National Building Materials (CNBM) and Tianrui Cement recently submitted applications to Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a branch under World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) that pursues the sustainable development of global cement industry.

This June, China Large Cement Enterprises' Heads Round Table Forum organized by China Cement Association and Lafarge Shui On Cement Co., Ltd. commences in Dujiangyan, Sichuan. With "Chinese cement goes to the world" as the theme, cement enterprisers discussed internationalization and sustainable development.

The attendees finally issued Chinese Large Cement Enterprises Proclamation on Sustainable Development. It's hoped that one or two Chinese cement player would apply to CSI.

August 5, CSI held a promotion meeting in Beijing. CSI project officer Caroline Twigg and Technical Director of CRH Eamon Geraghty elaborated regulations and main work of this world cemeng organization and its members' rights and duties. This led to Tianrui Cement and CNBM’s formal application in September and October.

In addition, Chinese cement making and engineering conglomerate China National Materials Corporation (Sinoma) is also said to apply to join CSI.

About CSI

The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global effort by 18 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries who believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development. Collectively these companies account for about 30% of the world’s cement production and range in size from very large multinationals to smaller local producers.

The purpose of the Initiative is to: 1. Explore what sustainable development means for the cement industry; 2. Identify actions and facilitate steps cement companies can take, individually and as a group, to accelerate progress toward sustainable development; 3. Provide a framework for other cement companies to become involved; 4. Create the content and context for further stakeholder engagement.