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Our values make up the essence of our culture: The five values that reflect who we are as a company are:. We are committed to identifying and reducing any health and safety risks associated with our operations by improving how we reinforce safe behaviors with our employees and contractors and strengthening the accountability of management for ensuring safe behavior.
In addition, we have developed a root-cause investigation tool to improve the quality of incident investigations in the company. This process enables us to better understand the true root causes of safety incidents and those aspects of our safety management system that we must strengthen in order to prevent injuries. Also, we have developed a root-cause analysis training course to improve the quality of incident investigation.
Driving is the activity that leads to the majority of fatalities in our industry. In addition, approximately 60 percent of all fatalities in the CSI database are related to contractor activities. At CEMEX, we believe that greater industry collaboration on driving- and contractor-safety initiatives that address the causes of these fatalities is necessary to prevent additional loss of life.
That is why we led the Driving Safety Working Group in developing consistent, industry-wide practices for reporting safety performance and evaluating progress in reducing incidents and injuries over time. The CSI document, entitled Recommended Good Practice for Driving Safety, outlines practices for drivers, their managers, and transport management contractors.
A similarly titled document, Recommended Good Practice for Contractor Safety, outlines safety practices for both contractors and subcontractors. CEMEX is committed to implementing these practices and to prioritizing actions to improve performance. Ultimately, these efforts will help to eliminate driving- and contractor-related injuries and fatalities.
Based on the work of our global health and safety council and other feedback, we have established Health Essentials, a global health campaign designed to reduce the prevalence of health risks associated with our operations and encourage employees to live a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside the workplace. The campaign's objectives are to unify all of our health efforts worldwide and to align all occupational and preventive health programs, both current and developing, at all levels of the company.
The program also establishes guidelines to guarantee that all business units act upon the same health standards, reducing cost and minimizing employee health risk and inefficiencies.
The Health Essentials initiative aligns all current and developing CEMEX health programs, occupational as well as preventive, at the local, national, and regional levels. It is divided into twelve different health promotion topics and aims to cover the most important issues our people face every day in both occupational and preventative health.
Topics such as Lung Power and Safeguard Your Back directly touch upon the occupational risks our employees may face on the job. Topics including Healthy Heart and Vaccines aim to promote a healthier culture within CEMEX, increase our employees' quality of life, and reduce the number of days lost due to illness.
This campaign has built awareness of health issues, encouraged employees to undertake preventive healthcare, and ultimately helped to create a healthier culture within CEMEX. The campaign features easy-to-understand materials that are distributed to CEMEX employees worldwide, as well as a system for global knowledge-sharing and standardized guidelines to promote health and safety within operations around the world.
Materials such as presentations, brochures, flyers, bilingual posters, and self-evaluation tests, as well as activities related to the prevention issues, are ready for use. At the same time we launched the health logo Fit 4 Life that includes all the initiatives referring to healthy habits. In addition to our CSI-related efforts, we at CEMEX are developing internal driving safety and contractor safety plans to demonstrate our continued leadership in these areas.
Sites are judged on performance, safety leadership, risk management, incident investigation, analysis, and follow-up. The award is given to the best performing and most improved facility in each business segment. The HSMS is the focal point of our improvement strategies and our actions support it. We monitor the compliance with the HSMS in all operations, together with the continued review of it to ensure it remains current, valid and reflecting business hazards and risks.
To help us achieve these customer focused goals, the CEMEX Commercial Council was created to promote and align all initiatives and ensure these efforts receive expert support and guidance. We are investing considerable time and effort in commercial excellence across our global organization.
Our Commercial Academy, the institutional training for our sales force, is continuously looking for ways to expand and provide new customer-centric courses that create results and value for our customers now and down the line. To promote the importance of sustainable practices across our supply chain the Supplier Sustainability Program was launched. As part of the program, we work with a third-party sustainability supply management firm that monitors suppliers in terms of social, environmental, ethical and financial performance.
Once evaluated, suppliers receive an individual report identifying areas for growth. We are a dynamic organization that provides growth opportunities for our people, helping them fulfill personal career ambitions.
We identify future leaders, enabling and encouraging them to develop innovative processes and assess risks and opportunities for improvement among our operations. In addition, we foster an open dialogue at all times, encouraging our employees to raise questions and speak up when something is off track and provide ideas for how to solve issues that may arise.
To ensure each and every one of our employees receives the benefits that matter most to them, we implemented approximately employee engagement initiatives. To keep our efforts on track, our Engagement Survey, collects feedback from our employees on a number of topics including development, compensation, leadership communication and worklife balance, among others.
We share these results with our leaders and HR professionals. Providing them with the information they need, we empower managers to take immediate action and help us identify areas of improvement at a global, regional and local level. At CEMEX, we understand that education is a building block for success and holds a valuable purpose and place in the workforce.
This environment brings out the best in people, serves customers at a higher level and translates into better bottom-line performance. CEMEX has a institutional portfolio of leadership development programs to ensure the continuous presence of leaders that, regardless of seniority or position, keep learning to maintain our sustainable competitive advantage and enhance their professional and personal growth.
To empower career growth and ensure all expectations are met, we believe open communication is crucial. Through our Career Building initiative, managers and employees meet four times a year to discuss employee career progress, performance and results. The meetings are designed to align individual objectives to the company strategy and improve overall satisfaction. We hold our employees in high regard and aim to provide them with the tools and resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
At CEMEX, we provide competitive compensation designed to support the present and future well-being of our employees. We constantly look to replicate best practices with the objective to offer our employees attractive benefits beyond the stipulated by local legislations. CEMEX understands the importance of balance between work and personal life. That's why we encourage our employees and provide them with the means to achieve that perfect balance. Initiatives vary locally and are pushed by the employees and their respective Human Resources department.
In Mexico, for example in some of our corporate operations we have started the program "Summer Fridays", which consists in working till This program was launched so that our employees could take advantage and spend more time with their family and loved ones during the weekend. In Spain our collaborators have a similar program, but it lasts the whole year. In Haiti activities are organized to keep employees motivated: Spend a day at the beach, year-end party for employees and their families, and health and wellness campaigns.
In UAE they give their workers who are staying in the company provided housing, the opportunity to travel around the UAE during their holidays. If they want to go for prayers to a certain Mosque, we also provide the company bus. The accommodation is provided with some games equipment which they can use during their day off.
We also sponsor Sports Tournament. Weekend outing trips for workers. Our business units focus in supporting women with children through a flexible schedule which allows them to comply with both their duties in the company and as mothers. In some countries the company carries out forums for its female employees to promote women empowerment in their personal and professional roles. As these cases there are many more throughout our operations. At CEMEX we give great importance to the quality of life of our employees by promoting a healthy lifestyle through the following initiatives:.
For example, in the Philippines and in the United Kingdom some initiatives that have been implemented this year include sports activities and some excursions. Other example is "The Biggest Loser", which is an internal competition in which employees that desire to participate, compete to reach their own weight reduction goal with exercise and healthy nutrition habits.
Stress management activities are carried out in various ways throughout our operations, including the sport activities previously mentioned. For example in our corporate offices, Yoga, photography and painting classes are offered once a week for all employees. We also provide information with recommendations to reduce stress in E-Mails or posters. Furthermore, in our operations in Germany we have performed risk assessments concerning mental stress as well as mitigation actions where needed.
All of our employees are informed about CEMEX business ethics principles in various ways, including via our Code of Ethics, internal communications and displays, face-to-face legal training, audits, global legal compliance policies and intranet training modules.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ETHOSline provides employees with an online portal and phone line for sending comments, requesting advice and submitting complaints.
To protect employees, the service is managed by a third-party that gathers incident information, documents concerns and relays the information to CEMEX. ETHOSline was made available to the public since , providing an outlet where they can voice their concerns and report any suspected violations to our policies, values and Code of Ethics. To keep everyone up to speed, we provide regular training and communication about our policies and human rights issues.
We have zero tolerance for bribery in any form. To further ensure our employees are acting in a manner consistent with our values, CEMEX Compliance Legal Department has permanently implemented the Global Compliance Program with a focus on the most sensitive countries related to corruption risks in our business systems and processes.
Through this program, we train our employees with a focus on antitrust, anti-bribery and insider trading issues and execute internal legal audits dawn raids also addressing these topics. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, the International Labour Organization's Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the Inter American Convention on Human Rights, identify a set of internationally-recognized human rights encompassing a wide range of issues including health, labor relationships, equality, compensation and association.
CEMEX's Policy Statement expresses our commitment to comply with applicable laws, regulations, declarations and international treaties on this matter.
It is further supported by other Corporate Policies such as: To help us formally implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights we asked Shift, an independent, non-profit center for business and human rights practice whose team of experts was directly involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles, to help us think through the implications of the Guiding Principles for our business.
Overview Given the importance of the sustainability-related challenges that society is facing, CEMEX has integrated sustainability into its business strategy. With the help of our Sustainability Model, we are incorporating sustainability practices into our day-to-day operations and decision-making processes worldwide.