Holcim, IUCN Join Forces for Nature-Positive Building
Holcim has embarked on a global strategic alliance with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to propel its nature strategy, anchored in tangible biodiversity and water objectives.
Leveraging Holcim's scientifically grounded approach to nature, IUCN will verify its biodiversity baseline and suggest avenues for enhancing biodiversity levels throughout its operations. In the pursuit of Holcim's water targets, IUCN will provide counsel on safeguarding freshwater sources beyond the confines of Holcim's sites. In a bid to infuse nature into urban landscapes, IUCN will assist Holcim in championing the incorporation of biodiversity into building standards.
Collaboratively, Holcim and IUCN will spearhead nature awareness initiatives spanning crucial stakeholder groups to expedite their collective impact.
Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Director General of IUCN, expresses, “Nature forms the foundation underpinning human prosperity and economic systems. Corporate commitment to biodiversity restoration and freshwater ecosystem protection is pivotal for the well-being of our societies. We eagerly anticipate fortifying our partnership with Holcim to effect positive change in the built environment.”
Nollaig Forrest, Chief Sustainability Officer at Holcim, adds, “I am enthused about embarking on a new era of cooperation with IUCN to amplify our positive influence on nature, encompassing biodiversity and water. Our joint objective is to infuse more nature into urban areas by hastening the integration of biodiversity across the built environment, spanning from building standards to design. Contributing to a nature-positive future lies at the heart of our mission to foster progress for both people and the planet.”
Holcim's collaboration with IUCN builds on their collaborative efforts in 2014 to devise the Biodiversity Indicator and Reporting System (BIRS) methodology, which empowered Holcim to unveil the sector's inaugural quantifiable biodiversity targets. Expanding upon this resilient approach, Holcim secured a spot among 17 global companies selected to pioneer the world's inaugural Science-Based Targets Network (SBTN) targets for nature, scheduled for launch in 2024. Holcim's environmental stewardship has earned recognition from CDP, receiving a double "A" ranking for climate and water management.
To delve deeper into Holcim's Nature Strategy, visit Holcim.com/Nature.
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