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About Us


One global voice

The most widely used man-made product on the planet needs a global voice. That’s why we launched the GCCA in January 2018 to provide a dedicated platform with the authority to speak globally on behalf of the cement and concrete sectors.

GCCA’s membership accounts for around 30 per cent of the world’s cement production capacity. And that number is growing.

The trusted, authoritative global voice for the cement and concrete sector.

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What we do

The GCCA’s authoritative voice will help ensure that the prevailing views of cement and concrete are holistic and based on robust evidence.

Alongside this global advocacy role, the GCCA will gather and publish data against the industry’s sustainability commitments as well as develop member guidelines and initiate research. This will be supported by the transfer of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) activities to the GCCA under the strategic partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

The GCCA work programme is organised along three dimensions: sustainability, innovation and the positioning of concrete. Sustainable development of our industry is at the very core of the GCCA’s work and has five pillars: safety & health, climate change & energy, social responsibility, environment & nature and circular economy.


What we aim to achieve

We want to drive responsible industry leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete.

We will strive to improve the global social and environmental impact of the sector’s activities and products.

We aim to foster innovation and collaboration with industry associations and inspiring architects, engineers and innovators across the globe and along the length of the built-environment value chain.

Concrete is more than a building material. It provides homes, it connects communities, it encourages trade, it provides energy, it improves health, it broadens minds.


How we operate

We are assembling an experienced senior-level team to drive the GCCA’s efforts to secure global recognition of the key attributes of cement and concrete. The appointment of Benjamin Sporton as Chief Executive is an important first step. He is being joined at our London offices by key director level roles, responsible for driving the work programs for cement, concrete and sustainable construction and communications and policy.

The GCCA’s executive team and its members are committed to promoting the unique properties of concrete as a sustainable, durable and resilient building material – a material that will answer the needs of a growing and increasingly urban population that is set to exceed 9 billion people by 2050.



The GCCA exists to drive advances in sustainable construction whilst demonstrating industrial sustainable leadership in cement and concrete manufacturing. We are working to enhance the cement and concrete industry’s contribution to a variety of global social and developmental challenges.

As part of the strategic partnership established between the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the GCCA, the functions of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) have now transferred to the GCCA.

This has provided an opportunity to establish a new GCCA Sustainability Charter, and to refresh and update reporting of sustainability performance.

The “Getting the Numbers Right” database is managed as from 1 January 2019 by GCCA and is accessible here*. To access the CO₂ and Energy Accounting and Reporting Standard for the Cement Industry Excel Spreadsheet and Internet Manual, in English or Chinese use following link: English version or Chinese version (简体中文版网络手册). 

GCCA Sustainability Charter
The GCCA Sustainability Charter identifies five key pillars which encompass the sustainability spectrum of the cement and concrete sector and has set out the requirements for full members against each of these. Full members must implement sustainability initiatives across all five pillars and set targets for performance improvement for each of the pillars to achieve compliance.

GCCA Sustainability Guidelines

The six guidelines include a number of simple, reliable and representative KPIs against which members must monitor and report performance. To achieve the extended compliance level, full members shall have their data verified and reported publicly.

  1. Sustainability framework guidelines PDF document
  2. Sustainability guidelines for the monitoring and reporting of CO2 from cement manufacturing PDF document
  3. Sustainability guidelines for co-processing fuels and raw materials in cement manufacturing PDF document
  4. Sustainability guidelines for the monitoring and reporting of emissions from cement manufacturing PDF document
  5. Sustainability guidelines for the monitoring and reporting of safety in cement manufacturing PDF document
  6. Sustainability guidelines for the monitoring and reporting of water in cement manufacturing PDF document


* The “Getting the Numbers Right” database is open for all interested parties to view data. The years for which data is available are: 1990, 2000, and 2005 to 2016. You can contact the GNR Project Management Committee if your company or organization is interested in finding out more about participating in the GNR system or about making data queries. Individual queries about specific issues are answered within strict confidentiality guidelines. Charges may be levied on data requests to cover operational costs, especially with regard to complex data requests. The database complies with anti-trust laws and is managed by an independent third-party service provider. Individual participants may only see reports based on their individual company data or aggregated results. Confidential information on individual companies or plants is not disclosed, nor made accessible, and is protected by contractual and data security measures.

Our Team

GCCA Executive Team

Benjamin Sporton
GCCA – Chief Executive

Benjamin has joined the GCCA from the World Coal Association where he served as Chief Executive for almost four years. Benjamin leads the efforts of the GCCA to drive advances in sustainable construction, working to enhance the cement and concrete industry’s contribution to a variety of global, social and developmental challenges.

Claude Loréa
GCCA – Cement Director

Claude has joined the GCCA from European cement industry body, CEMBUREAU where she was Deputy Chief Executive and Industrial Affairs Director. Claude leads all aspects of GCCA work related to cement and oversees the transition of the activities of the Cement Sustainability Initiative to the GCCA.

Dr Andrew Minson
Concrete and Sustainable Construction Director

Andrew has joined the GCCA from the Mineral Products Association in the UK where he was Executive Director for both The Concrete Centre and British Precast. In his new role, Andrew leads GCCA’s work promoting the sustainability value of concrete in the future of construction. This will include improving understanding of concrete’s lifecycle and its role in the circular economy.

Paul Adeleke
Communications and Policy Director

Paul has joined the GCCA having worked for Philip Morris International in a range of senior communications and reputation roles, and more recently joins from RICS where he was Global Communications Director. Paul leads work on developing the GCCA’s outreach and engagement strategy to achieve global recognition of concrete as the sustainable building material of choice.

Key staff

Andrea Stone
Office Manager

Please contact info@gccassociation.org

Facts about concrete

An essential resource

An essential resource

Concrete is the world’s most consumed resource after water. It is an essential material, providing the necessary foundations for the development of human societies as well as responses to 21st century challenges.

Resilient and Durable

Resilient and Durable

Due to its physical properties concrete is highly resilient to externalities and can last for hundreds of years with limited maintenance.

Available and Affordable

Available and Affordable

Concrete is locally produced. It is widely available and suitable to build at a reasonable cost, without compromising on quality and strength and with low maintenance costs.

Circular economy

Circular economy

Concrete is one hundred percent recyclable. All its components are recyclable.

Thermal performance

Thermal performance

Concrete is a material with high thermal mass capacity, which absorbs temperature variations and in turn enables significant energy savings.

Towards carbon neutrality

Towards carbon neutrality

Taking a whole-life cycle performance into account, concrete has a low carbon footprint thanks to its durability, to its thermal mass effect, to its recyclability and to the carbonation of cementitious materials.



The GCCA intends to attract a broad and large representation of the cement industry. The goal is for the GCCA’s Membership to represent at least fifty percent of the global cement production capacity. Members are producers of Portland cement clinker and other natural cementitious clinkers for the manufacture of cement.

Members – Asia Cement, Breedon, Buzzi Unicem, Cementir Holding, Cementos Argos, Cementos Molins, Cementos Pacasmayo, CEMEX, Ciments De L’Atlas (CIMAT), Çimsa Çimento, CNBM, CRH, Dalmia Cement, Dangote, Eurocement, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua SAB de CV (GCC), HeidelbergCement, Intercement, LafargeHolcim, Medcem Madencilik, Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd, Orient Cement Ltd, SCG Cement, Schwenk Zement KG, SECIL, Shree Cement Ltd, Siam City Cement Ltd, Taiheiyo, Taiwan Cement Corporation, Titan Cement, Ultratech, Votorantim

Affiliates - Cámara Nacional del Cemento (Mexico), CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association), Cement Association of Canada, CMI (Ireland), Federación Interamericana del Cemento (FICEM) (Latin-American Region), Mineral Products Association (United Kingdom), Portland Cement Association (USA), SNIC/ABCP (Brazil), Union of Cement Producers – Soyuzcement (Russia)

There are two categories of Membership:

  1. Full Members are clinker producers from across the globe. All full members have to comply with the GCCA’s Sustainability Charter.
  2. Associate Members are clinker producers who share the GCCA’s mission but who do not fulfil the requirements for Full Membership. Associate Members having a maximum of 20% of the votes.

The GCCA partners with "Affiliates"who share the GCCA’s mission. Affiliates are often national or regional bodies which promote the role of cement and concrete in their geographic area. They are not formal Members, but are partners who the GCCA will consult and work with across different projects, in order to help achieve shared goals and specific objectives.

News and Media

In the news

Since its launch in January 2018, the GCCA has been building the core capabilities and relationships required to deliver on its long-term global objectives. Our press releases and other communications which track this progress can be found here.

08 March 2019 | London

Global Cement and Concrete Industry Women's Network - launched on International Women’s Day

“A lot more to do to attract women to the sector”, says GCCA Cement Director, Claude Lorea

01 March 2019 | London

GCCA Full Statement on Guardian ‘Concrete Week’ Series

Concrete is vital for a future sustainable world

25 February 2019 | London

GCCA Statement on Guardian ‘Concrete Week’ launch

Concrete is vital for a future sustainable world.

14 January 2019 | London

GCCA Newsletter Issue No.3

GCCA membership newsletter

19 December 2018 | London

GCCA launches Sustainability Guidelines

Progress on cement and concrete’s environmental leadership

04 December 2018 | London

GCCA heads to world climate change conference – COP24

Underlines cement and concrete’s commitment to climate action

23 November 2018 | London

Concrete Positioning and Sustainability in sharp focus as Global Cement and Concrete Industry Gathers in London

GCCA confirms priorities and work program at first AGM and Symposium

02 November 2018 | London

GCCA Newsletter Issue No.2

GCCA membership newsletter

26 October 2018 | London

GCCA to discuss industry priorities and future trends in construction at London event

Association welcomes six new member companies and affiliates

11 October 2018 | London

Paul Adeleke appointed Communications and Policy Director for Global Cement and Concrete Association

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today completed the formation of its executive team with the appointment of Paul Adeleke as Communications and Policy Director. He will take up the role later this month and will be based at the association’s offices in London.

05 October 2018 | London

GCCA membership expands to 20 companies

Number of affiliates continues to grow

28 September 2018 | London

Andrew Minson appointed Concrete & Sustainable Construction Director for GCCA

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today announced the appointment of Dr Andrew Minson as Concrete and Sustainable Construction Director. He will take up the role in early January 2019 and will be based at the association’s offices in London.

04 September 2018 | London

Companies sign up to join the Global Cement and Concrete Association

Membership expands to 16 companies with more to follow

24 August 2018 | London

Claude Loréa appointed Cement Director for GCCA

Joins GCCA executive team from CEMBUREAU

13 August 2018 | London

GCCA Newsletter Issue No.1

GCCA membership newsletter

02 August 2018 | London

Global Cement and Concrete Association agrees strategic partnership with World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Work of Cement Sustainability Initiative to transfer to GCCA

10 July 2018 | London

Benjamin Sporton appointed Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today announced the appointment of Benjamin Sporton as its Chief Executive. He will take up the role in early October.

25 May 2018 | London

Global Cement and Concrete Association names its Board

Albert Manifold of CRH elected as President at Foundation Meeting.

31 January 2018 | London

World’s leading cement and concrete companies launch Global Cement & Concrete Association

Nine leading companies in the cement and concrete sector launched the Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA), a progressive new association, dedicated to developing and strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction.


Annual Meeting and Symposium – Our first gathering

GCCA Chief Executive, Benjamin Sporton and GCCA President, and CEO of CRH, Albert Manifold catch up before the speeches

The GCCA’s first annual gathering was held was in London in November, attracting 150 attendees from the cement and concrete sector, with CEOs of more than 30 companies in attendance.

A number of highlights of the event included renowned architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE at the kick-off dinner, who presented a powerful address on his love of concrete and its use in his award-winning projects across the globe.

Sir David Adjaye

A Symposium discussion was also held featuring thought leaders from around the world with Michael Birshan of McKinsey, Elizabeth Heider from Skanska and Haiyan Wang from the China India Institute. Their discussion was moderated by broadcaster Gavin Esler and ignited an engaging discussion on ‘Future Trends in Global Construction’. A number of key discussion points were raised, including - driving sustainability across the full value chain, assessing building products on their lifecycle performance, and how concrete can contribute to the huge construction needs of emerging economies.

Michael Birshan, Elizabeth Heider and Gavin Esler

Haiyan Wang

An AGM and Board meeting were also held which set-out a clear work program for the GCCA, for 2019 and beyond. The work program will focus on the following priority areas:

  • Positioning concrete as the sustainable building material of choice
  • Promoting international best practice in the areas of safety, production and the use of cement and concrete in the built environment
  • Fostering innovation in the cement and concrete sectors
  • Making a positive contribution to global sustainable development
  • Promoting the principles of a circular economy across the value chain

Current GCCA membership numbers were also confirmed with 32 companies, representing 35% of global cement production, and nine affiliate - national and regional - organisations.