The Green Living Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards recognized Holcim Canada with two awards for demonstrating leadership and committing to create sustainable change in the Canadian aggregate sector. Bill Galloway, Senior Vice-President Holcim Canada, and his team were recognized with the Senior Corporate Individual and Team awards in the Large Business – Resource, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas category.
The ECR Awards were developed to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework.
Holcim Canada was recognized for its commitment to best-in-class social and environmental practices and for aligning its corporate strategy with balancing the triple bottom line of economic growth, environmental performance and social responsibility. The company was also applauded for its work in advancing sustainable construction through initiatives addressing progressive rehabilitation, environmental management, property enhancements and community relations.
The awards also acknowledged Holcim Canada for its collaborative role in forming the independent not-for-profit organization Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregate Canada (SERA Canada) with Environmental Defence. SERA Canada represents an unprecedented step towards improving the industry’s approach to sustainable environmental performance and effectively engaging with community and stakeholders. It aims to create, administer and promote widespread support for certification of responsibly sourced construction materials.
SERA’s mission is to convene and engage a broad group of stakeholders to revise and build consensus for standards which set a high but achievable bar for the aggregate sector. Included in this work will be the design and implementation of a credible approach for assessing compliance against these standards.
“We are honoured to be recognized for our efforts in advancing sustainable construction solutions and our focus on community engagement. Receiving two Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards shows that our ‘Triple Bottom Line’ approach is aligned with the vision of Canada’s leading sustainable business experts”, said Bill Galloway, Vice President, Holcim (Canada) Inc. and SERA Canada Founding Board member.
As a founding organization of SERA Canada, Holcim is committed to seeing responsible business practices recognized throughout the aggregate industry and intends to seek certification for all of its aggregate operations in Ontario once the SERA certification process is available.