Our People & Communities
In CEMEX, we know we cannot thrive in a world of poverty, inequality, unrest, and environmental stress, so it is in our vital interest to take collaborative action with governments, businesses, and members of society to transform our business and our world. Here are some of the most outstanding stories, examples, and testimonials.
By 2020, we had collaborated with 23.2 million people in more than 5,000 communities, we had advanced 77% towards our 2030 goal
Through our Post Disaster Recovery Project (PIR), we have participated in the reconstruction of housing affected by the 2017 earthquake in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. To date, we have built 139 houses through a mixed finance schemed including public and private partnerships working with 1,796 people through our integral response program.
The Gómez Mandujano family was amongst those affected by the earthquake that occurred in Villahermosa, Villaflores, Chiapas, by the end of 2017. The Post Disaster Recovery Project allowed them to get back on their feet and learn the construction trade. They have built four dwellings since, for them and their neighbors. After the dwellings were built, Francisco, Luis Octavio, Fredy and Christian, from the Gómez Girón family, can complement their farming activities with construction, allowing them to increase their income and enhance their quality of life.
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The CEMEX-TEC Award annually recognizes entrepreneurs and students who develop high-impact projects that foster sustainable development and social innovation.
CPlantae is a Mexican company that designs and commissions innovative water treatment systems based on biotechnology. They observe nature’s processes to replicate in their products, what took millions of years of evolution. Through water access and sanitation, their solutions contribute to SDG 6. The company’s systems have gained national and international recognition.
"The CEMEX-TEC Award has been one of the most enriching experiences we have had at CPlantae. It has not only provided us with an expanded vision for our social business model, but also equipped us with the necessary tools... It has welcomed us into a family of social entrepreneurs, in which we take care and support each other, regardless of how long it has been since we last met. There is no doubt that the shared experiences have enriched and optimized our model, as well as the way in which we make decisions today."
En Pro de la Mujer is an organization that fosters women´s economic empowerment in rural Oaxaca, a state with high poverty and a pronounced gender gap. The vision of En Pro de la Mujer is to facilitate income creation and capabilities to women they work with, so in the future, they can find rural enterprises with a cooperative spirit. They achieve this goal through sustainable production projects, as well as the consolidation of rural production societies led and made up of women. To date, they have worked with 65 women to grow and harvest hibiscus, the women also run a bakery.
"The women they work with require just a little push for them to believe in their own worth and be able to create their own ventures. The Award allows these women to keep moving forward and reach their goals… What we have experienced this week, along with other winners of the CEMEX-TEC Award, is teachings, lectures and lots of reflection, for us to absorb and make our organization better."
Two of our intrapreneurs were selected to participate in the Young SDG Innovators Program for the UN Global Compact, in order to accelerate our contribution to the 2030 Agenda.
Here is what they think.
"I’m passionate about using my work and expertise to enable society to find sustainable ways of development and community benefit. I was encouraged by my supervisors to participate. This kind of initiative implies both a challenge and an opportunity to create a competitive advantage. I hope that this program will help us to ignite the implementation of our ideas and see them transformed into effective actions to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all."
"Over the next months, I’ll be working on developing an innovation ecosystem for CEMEX in Mexico, in which all private, public, and civil society organizations can collaborate to benefit society. I think the UN Global Compact is doing something great by bringing together young people from different backgrounds, industries, and countries and giving us the tools to further develop the vision that we all have in mind, which is contributing to a better world!"
"Participating in the YSDG Innovators program has allowed me to witness the level of commitment and all the efforts the company is making to build a better future for everyone. So far, it has been an amazing learning experience, a little bit daunting at times as my perspective grew, making me realize there are still many things we can do to contribute to a more sustainable future. Moreover, everyone we have reached out to has been very open to share their expertise and help us identify areas of opportunity, innovate, and bring value, not only to CEMEX, but also to our communities."
"In order to achieve the SDG´s, businesses need to collaborate in developing and innovating on their business models. The Young SDG Innovator Programme is giving me the opportunity to reach to different fronts inside CEMEX and collaborate with the extended network of UN Global Compact to try to contribute with an idea that will add value to the company and have an impact on the SDG´s."