Sustainability in Action

Keeping safety at the forefront of people's minds

The annual CRH Europe Transport Safety seminar took place in Amsterdam in October 2018. Over 150 participants attended the event, including senior representatives from our main contractor companies.

A key element of the event is a focus on display and demonstration, where delegates get to see and try out new safer vehicle design features, new innovations around driver training and advances in driver monitoring.

Assessing our safety culture at CRH Canada

Following years of improvement, safety performance at CRH’s Canada Division had flatlined. This became the impetus to adopt the Human Performance (HP) initiative in 2018.

HP centres around six principles and actions, based on the facts that even the best people make mistakes, events can be avoided by learning and culture influences individual behaviours. Their ready-mix concrete teams were first to introduce HP training and error elimination tools. Results were positive and key safety metrics improved.

Today, HP teams across CRH Canada provide front-line employees the freedom to openly discuss the underlying factors that create risks on the job and then work with management to eliminate these factors. Combined with safety culture assessment action plans, these teams are driving a new level of safety engagement.

Progressing our safety training at Rudus

Rudus, part of our Europe Heavyside Division, continued its tradition of organising an occupational safety orientation event for summer recruits at its Safety Park. This year’s orientation was a one-day event, in which inductees were given a guided tour of the safety park which features simulated dangerous scenarios and instructions on how to manage these situations.

Small steps to achieve bigger things at Tarmac

Tarmac, part of our Europe Heavyside Division in the UK, has had a sustained focus on diversity and inclusion, concentrating recently on supporting women in the industry and youth employment – pictured are apprentices at Tarmac’s Cornelly Quarry in South Wales.

Recognising that open and inclusive businesses are better placed to deliver long-term value, further considered steps are being taken across the whole company to build a diverse talent pipeline and nurture inclusion at all points of the employee journey. Tarmac is also aiming to make targeted progress in additional inclusion issues such as social mobility.

Community involvement in Callanan and Tilcon

Callanan Industries and Tilcon New York Inc, both operating companies within our Americas Materials Division, were joint-winners of the NAPA Community Involvement Award.

Callanan Industries was acknowledged for its ‘Callanan in the Community’ programme, and Tilcon NY was recognised for over 40 community relations activities with active employee participation.

Republic Cement “Kitchen of Care” program

Following a successful 2017, Republic Cement, part of our Asia Division, has continued in its efforts to combat child malnutrition in the Philippines.

The company launched a second ‘kusina’, a community space equipped with kitchen facilities, in its host community in Bulacan province this year. They have also developed a community garden for the growing of local fruit and vegetables that can be used by all involved in the project. Through the Kusina ng Kaling (Kitchen of Care) programme, Republic strives to educate the surrounding community about the value of proper nutrition. Children also receive free, nutritious lunches from the kusina every school day.

Cement Ożarów community engagement

Cement Ożarów S.A. has forged a 40-year link with the local community – supporting the community through corporate citizenship initiatives as well as its role as a major customer, supplier, and producer of building products. In 2018, the local community joined to celebrate this milestone.

CRH Americas partnership with Habitat for Humanity

One way CRH Americas promotes corporate social responsibility is by sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity home. Each year, CRH supports a build and donates products to the construction of a safe and affordable home for a deserving family.

Employees are instrumental in building the entire home from start to finish. These homes not only make a lasting impact for each family, they also help to build thriving communities.

Hardrives collaborating on best performance procedures

Hardrives, Inc., part of our Americas Materials Division, collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Cargill on a research project to identify the best performance-engineered mix design procedures using high levels of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and rejuvenators. In early October 2018, Hardrives Inc. paved approximately 3,000 tonnes of RAP. These will have ongoing laboratory testing and field monitoring, providing a platform for performance-based design protocols and quality control.

Integrated Constructed Wetland at Roadstone

In 2018, Roadstone, part of our Europe Heavyside Division, developed an Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) at its Belgard Quarry location, as a means of treating the quarry’s drainage waters before discharge to an adjacent stream. Construction of the wetland, consisting of two treatment cells, was completed mid-year 2017, with the planted vegetation fully established by mid-2018, transforming the available land from a disused state to a highly aesthetic and diverse habitat for local wildlife.

Pike Industries receives Ecological Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association

Pike Industries, part of our Americas Materials Division, received the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Ecological Award for relocating and retrofitting an asphalt plant to improve efficiency and sustainability. Renovations included paving the site so that stormwater would now run into the quarry’s holding pond, installation of a new counterflow drum mixer to increase plant energy efficiency, and the purchase of a new baghouse for air emissions abatement.

Increasing the efficiency of sustainable buildings

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, part of our Americas Products Division, manufactured and supplied a custom engineered curtain wall, windows and storefronts for the $250 million Avalon North Station apartment complex, one of the tallest in Boston, Massachusetts, US. The Avalon North Station complex achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) silver certification.