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CEMEX UK completes responsible sourcing certification for its main business areas


3rd June 2010: Building materials company CEMEX today announced that all its main product divisions in its UK business have been certified to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products - BES6001. CEMEX now has the best portfolio of responsibly sourced products in the industry including the company's aggregates, ash, cement, readymixed concrete, asphalt and building products, totalling around 400 sites across the country.

This certification means that all products supplied by CEMEX UK are responsibly sourced with ash, asphalt, building products and cement achieving a 'very good' rating to the independently verified standard that addresses the social, economic and environmental impacts across the entire supply chain. It also helps to meet the increasing demands of the sustainable construction marketplace and the requirements of the Governments Sustainable Construction Strategy.

To meet the standard, CEMEX's products have been assessed in accordance to quality, organisational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social impact. The certification also allows for traceability of the product to ensure all areas within the supply chain are operating to high standards.

BRE, which provides research and testing services for all aspects of the built environment, launched the BES6001 standard in 2008, to provide a level playing field for the sustainability of construction products and provide recognition for suppliers embracing genuine sustainability.

CEMEX UK's Sustainability Director Andy Spencer said: "With increasing awareness and demands on sustainability credentials by our customers, I can confidently say that we are in a position to provide them with the products they want to the standards they expect.

"This is a big step forward for us as a company and helps to achieve our goal of being sustainability led in everything we do. It is a credit to all the hard work done by so many across our operations to achieve this milestone, which is so vital to the future success of our business. The challenge is now to maintain and improve our scores in this standard.

"Not only should this give our customers and clients confidence that our production and supply chains are operating ethically and responsibly, it also allows them to score more credits under the materials section of the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM, which is the most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings."

The BES6001 certification is part of CEMEX UK's commitment to sustainable development, including the recent carbon labelling of its cements and working towards achieving the Carbon Trust Standard to encourage good practice in carbon measurement, management and reduction. These developments complement a range of other ongoing initiatives to reduce waste, water, energy use and emissions while increasing the use of alternative fuels and by-products in the manufacturing of building products.

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Further information:
For further information contact Marit Meyer-Bell, tel. 01932 583208 / 07867653392, email: marit.meyerbell@cemex.com

CEMEX:
CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk or www.CEMEX.com

BRE Responsible Sourcing:
Responsible sourcing of materials (RSM) provides a holistic approach to managing a product from the point at which a material is mined or harvested in its raw state through manufacture and processing, through use, re-use and recycling, until its final disposal as waste with no further value. For more information, see http://www.bre.co.uk/responsiblesourcing/page.jsp?id=1514

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