GCCA FAQs

Why was the GCCA established / What is your mission? 

As a global industry we need our own dedicated advocacy platform that has the authority to speak on behalf of the cement and concrete sectors.

Our mission is to establish global recognition of concrete as THE sustainable building material of choice.

Who initiated the GCCA and when? 

The GCCA was established in 2018. The founding members were CEMEX / CNBM / CRH / Dangote / EuroCement / HeidelbergCement / LafargeHolcim / Taiheiyo / Votorantim / Ultratech.

How many members do you have?

Already we have 32 members companies and 9 affiliate organisations who have joined from right across the globe – representing some of the biggest names and voices in the cement and concrete sectors, and we continue to grow.

Can anyone join?

The GCCA is open to Portland clinker and other cementitious clinker producers from all over the world that share the values of the GCCA. The GCCA will also partner with “Affiliates” who share some or all of the GCCA’s mission. All full members will have to comply with the GCCA’s Sustainability Charter.

Associate Members are clinker producers that share the GCCA’s mission but who do not fulfil the requirements for Full Membership.

Already we have 32 members companies and 9 affiliate organisations who have joined from right across the globe – representing some of the biggest names and voices in the cement and concrete sectors, and we continue to grow.

Why London? 

A global voice needs a global location. London with its transport links, time-zone and geographical position is a good location.

Who leads the organisation? 

An executive team led by GCCA Chief Executive, Benjamin Sporton reporting to a fully representative Board headed by elected GCCA President Albert Manifold (Chief Executive Officer of CRH plc).

What is the current and future relation with WBCSD / CSI?

We have developed a strategic partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to facilitate sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors and their value chains. As part of the new agreement, the work carried out by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) has transferred from WBCSD to the GCCA from 1 January 2019.

As the authoritative worldwide voice of the cement and concrete sector, the GCCA is ideally placed to take this work to the next level, building on the strong foundations established by WBCSD. We will ensure that the CSI Charter Values are maintained & strengthened within the GCCA. For that purpose, we formally agreed a GCCA Sustainability Charter and endorsed Sustainability reporting guidelines for safety, CO2, emissions, co-processing and water. An executive team led by GCCA Chief Executive, Benjamin Sporton reporting to a fully representative Board headed by elected GCCA President Albert Manifold (Chief Executive Officer of CRH plc).

Will the GNR be continued?

Yes, the GNR is recognised as the leading industry initiative for cement energy and CO2 data. From 1 January 2019 the management of the GNR has transferred from the CSI to the GCCA, with a key objective to increase GNR coverage over time.

Will sustainability remain a major focus? 

Yes, sustainability will continue to be a key focus. In accordance with the strategic partnership established between the WBCSD and the GCCA the functions of the CSI have transferred to the GCCA from 1 January 2019. This has provided an opportunity to establish a new GCCA Sustainability Charter, which is a key component of Full Membership of the GCCA. We have also refreshed and updated reporting of sustainability performance through the development of 6 Sustainability Guidelines. Our work program will build on that in 2019 and beyond and we are working on publishing further guidelines.  

Will there be a continued commitment on climate (reporting / performance)? 

Yes. We have retained and developed the CSI core principles and reporting activities (starting with CO2, Emissions, Water, Safety and GNR), integrating them into a new GCCA Sustainability Charter and reporting framework. Full Members of GCCA must implement sustainability initiatives across all five sustainability pillars, report on their performance against the core KPIs and set targets for performance improvement for each of the pillars to achieve compliance.

What will happen to the national and regional Associations?

We fully support the excellent work of the regional Associations as they represent our industry. Many associations have already joined as “Affiliates” and we look forward to working with them. We have established a “Partnerships Council” that will help foster a collaborative relationship between the GCCA and national and regional associations. 

What is GCCA ‘the global voice of the industry’? 

The GCCA is the only industry-led body with the full support of industry CEOs across the globe. We are focussed on the role of concrete in the future of sustainable construction, continuing to improve the sustainability performance in the cement sector and driving innovation across the whole lifecycle of the product right across the industry.

We are the only organisation that represents the leading players in the global cement and concrete industry with high level representation across the globe. The GCCA and its members can bring about positive change as the key producers and actors in the industry. 

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