One of the main goals of Votorantim Cimentos is to achieve a zero accident rate. We believe it is essential to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all personnel and this is a top priority for the company.
Votorantim Cimentos’ Health and Safety Policy is designed to ensure that health and safety is a fundamental aspect of all our business operations, for our employees and for all our stakeholders.
In Turkey, the company has improved its lost time injury frequency rate from 2.77 in 2013 to 1.70 in 2014 and 1,60 in 2015 while the average lost time injury frequency rate for the sector is 9.
The Turkish Cement Industry Employers Union monitor the health and safety performance of its members each year. Votorantim Cimentos’ Çorum plant was ranked first in 2007 and 2013, while our Yozgat plant was ranked among the top three in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Sivas plant was rated the best performing plant of all 47 member plants in 2008. Furthermore, in 2015, our Çorum plant was awarded for having more consecutive days without loss time injury than any other cement plant in Turkey.
We continuously follow and measure our health and safety performance through activities such as audits, health and safety days and other initiatives and activities for raising awareness among employees.
At Votorantim Cimentos, we are committed to customer success, empowered employees, sustainability and operational excellence. We also know that our success in these areas will only be achieved if we act ethically with integrity and transparency. That's why our Values and Beliefs and Code of Conduct reinforce our companywide commitment to Compliance. We expect employees at all levels, from operational roles to our board of directors, and shareholders to follow the Code of Conduct guidelines and to comply with all laws, regulations and policies in the regions and countries where we operate. We are constantly searching for best practices, encouraging the fight against corruption and emphasizing the damages caused by corruption in political, economic and social domains.
At Votorantim Cimentos, we have zero tolerance towards corruption, bribery and facilitation payments. We prohibit the offer or receipt of any kind of advantages meant to secure an unfair business or personal gain, especially with regard to public officials or government authorities. This includes receiving and offering gifts, providing entertainment and hospitality, extending corporate invitations or any other act that is in conflict with local laws and regulations or is contrary to our own policies. Effective in 2017, Votorantim Cimentos has had in place a Donations and Sponsorship policy that restricts and governs political donations. In all instances, employees of Votorantim are expected to respect and abide by the guidelines outlined in our Code of Conduct.
Since 2013 we have maintained a Compliance Program with communication and training campaigns aimed at all employees at all levels within the Company. We monitor the effectiveness of the program regularly, and take the necessary measures in the event of infractions, intentional or unintentional. We also encourage the reporting of any suspected wrongdoing through our Ethics Line and we do not tolerate any form of retaliation against those who raise these concerns. Our Ethics Line - public and open to all, inside and outside of the organization — provides a way to report misconduct (real or perceived) in a confidential and anonymous manner. All reports are investigated and addressed in accordance with internal policies and current laws and regulations.
Our programs and policies are constantly evolving as we consolidate best practices and adapt to changes in our society, while preserving our enduring legacy of integrity, ethics and transparency.
Eco-Efficiency and Innovation
We believe that cement production must use clean technologies that constantly improve natural resource allocation and reduce emissions and waste.
We invest in R&D to develop new technologies and improve existing technologies to promote eco-efficiency in our processes and products. Moreover, we are committed to protecting water sources and biodiversity in the vicinity of our plant.
Our goals are in line with the
Global Environmental Policy and Green Rules and our commitments fall under the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
We consider ourselves part of the communities where we do business. Therefore, we are constantly working to improve our
dialogue with stakeholders and promote quality of life, which in turn creates a more positive and transparent environment for business.
We carry out many activities that focus on developing social, cultural and relational facets with our collaborators and our affiliations with institutions and local authorities.