Business Aligns with SDGs: How CEMEX Takes Action to Support SDG 1
NEW YORK, September 28, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The world’s population is forecast to swell to 9.8 billion people by 2050, and 70 percent will live in urban centers. Unlocking access to affordable housing is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mexican cement giant CEMEX will talk about its support of the SDGs in the fourth of 3BL Media’s webcast series, “Business Aligns with SDGs,” Oct. 17 at noon ET. Attendance is free and open to corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals.
“CEMEX is the first company to join the BCtA with two separate initiatives – one focusing on affordable housing and the other on employment,” said 3BL Media CMO Dave Armon, who will moderate the webcast. “We’ll learn how CEMEX partners with BCtA and others to move from concept to scale with innovative social impact projects.”
In September 2015, the UN officially introduced the SDGs to transform our world and “leave no one behind” by 2030. The goals were adopted by 193 nations, and the UN has called for broad-based support of the SDGs, including active involvement by the private sector.
Based in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, and reporting annual revenues of $18 billion, CEMEX created
Patrimonio Hoy, a financing and development program for low-income families in Latin America who want to build their own homes. The initiative ties to SDG 1, No Poverty.
The CEMEX initiative provides technical assistance, financing, building materials and construction services to low-income families. Repayment terms are flexible, with a micro-credit framework that offers comfortable repayment options
In addition to addressing SDG1, CEMEX is also focusing its work on SDG 5, Gender equality; SDG 11, Sustainable cities and communities; SDG 13, Climate action; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Presenting on “Aligning Business With the Global Goals” will be Henning Alts, who joined Cemex in 2007 and currently leads services for Patrimonio Hoy. Presenting for BCtA is Rabayl Mirza, an impact management specialist who previously held a measurement, learning and evaluation post at the Aman Foundation, a $100 million social impact fund of the Abraaj Group.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.
As a global leader in building materials and the largest producer of concrete in the world, CEMEX is uniquely positioned to address many of the challenges cities are facing. CEMEX supplies building materials and expertise and implements sustainable construction practices for urban areas that minimize their carbon footprint, reduce their impact on the environment, and preserve our natural resources. CEMEX solutions provide for sustainable construction, resilient infrastructure, affordable and sustainable housing, and successful waste management.
About Business Call to Action
Business Call to Action is a global joint advocacy platform that works to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging and supporting companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. It is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme and funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID). To date, over 200 companies from around the world have signed on to commit to contribute to the SDGs, from large multinational companies to national and small- and medium-enterprises in 68 countries.
For background on BCtA, review the 3BL Media profile page.
About 3BL Media
3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled audience that is passionate about sustainable business.
Dave Armon of 3BL Media