Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 16:25

The InterCement Institute comes into being to strengthen the company´s social responsibility activities at its 40 plants located across eight countries

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The Camargo Corrêa Institute’s (CCI) accumulated experience of 15 years in Brazil will be strategic to the consolidation of the company’s relations with the communities in 16 municipalities where production units are located.

The Institute will be totally aligned with the InterCement strategy for its international operations and for consolidating the image of an innovative cement company as a partner, conscious of its socio-environmental responsibilities. It is in this context that the InterCement Institute is born, an entity which takes over the responsibilities for the organization’s socially responsible strategies as from June 11, 2015.

"Ever since we established our tagline of building sustainable partnerships, it has become even clearer to us that together with the community, this must be conducted through the medium of transformative actions carried out directly by our teams with the supported of effective methodologies for social mobilization", declares José Édison Barros Franco, Chairman of the InterCement Institute and InterCement’s Board of Directors.

The new structure will be instrumental in absorbing and expanding the work that has been done over the past decades in partnership with the CCI. These involve priority projects in the area of early infancy (Ideal Infancy program), adolescents (Ideal Future program), basic education (Ideal School program) and volunteer work (Ideal Volunteer program).

"We were already feeling the need to establish our own identity, consequently at the end of 2013, creating within ICC itself, the 'works' nucleus (construction) and the 'plants' nucleus (cement), a development which has proved productive and culminated in the establishment of the InterCement Institute", explains Francisco de Assis Azevedo, executive director of ICC. InterCement has 40 plants distributed in eight countries across three continents (Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Cape Verde Islands, Egypt, Mozambique, Paraguay and Portugal).

What began as philanthropy within the Camargo Corrêa Group in 2000, gained momentum in 2006 with a thorough review of the company´s overall strategic social plan and the preparation of a Sustainability Letter: the Challenge of Innovation and signed by the shareholders and managers from all group units.

"Private socially responsible investment is the living and concrete expression of the values which guide the entrepreneurial family conscious of its role as a citizen", says Rosana Camargo de Arruda Botelho, shareholder of the group and founder, jointly with the shareholder Renata de Camargo Nascimento. "Renata and I began our professional activities in the third sector, this being the way we chose to practice one of our family’s values – that of social responsibility", she concludes.

The InterCement Institute comes into existence with a robust governance model, designed to transform it into a catalyst for sustainable development through the establishment of critical and long-lasting partnerships. Additionally, it began to incorporate new aspects such as the environmental responsibility theme. Thus, a new front to be worked on at the Institute is the promotion of environmental education, conservation and protection of the local biodiversity.

With extensive experience in the sector at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Institute for Development of Social Investment, among others, Carla Duprat was selected as executive director of InterCement Institute. "We want to work closely with the communities where the company has a footprint", says Carla Duprat, who since 2007 has worked in the group’s area for socially responsible investment and sustainability.

"We want to work against the disconnect - commonplace until now - where institutes were structured to execute questions relating to private socially responsible investment while the companies themselves continued to perform their regular activities in isolation", she concludes.

About InterCement

With 40 cement and grinding plants with an installed capacity of more than 47 million tons/year, InterCement is among the 10 largest international cement companies in the world and is leader in the markets of Portugal, Argentina, Mozambique and the Cape Verde Islands, vice leader in Brazil and in Paraguay and maintains an outstanding position in the markets of South Africa and Egypt.

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  • 3 continents and 8 countries (Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Cape Verde Islands, Egypt, Mozambique, Paraguay and Portugal)
  • Employees: 8,768
  • 40 production units
  • 30 million tons sold in 2014