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Business Aligns with SDGs: How CEMEX Takes Action to Support SDG 1

3BL Media SDG Webinar Series Features Business Call to Action, CEMEX, Oct. 17, noon ET


The world’s population is forecast to swell to 9.8 billion people by 2050, and 70 percent will live in urban centers. Unlocking access to affordable housing is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mexican cement giant CEMEX will talk about its support of the SDGs in the fourth of 3BL Media’s webcast series, “Aligning Business With the Global Goals,” Oct. 17 at noon ET.  Attendance is free and open to corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals.


“CEMEX is the first company to join the BCtA with two separate initiatives – one focusing on affordable housing and the other on employment,” said 3BL Media CMO Dave Armon, who will moderate the webcast. “We’ll learn how CEMEX partners with BCtA and others to move from concept to scale with innovative social impact projects.”


In September 2015, the UN officially introduced the SDGs to transform our world and “leave no one behind” by 2030. The goals were adopted by 193 nations, and the UN has called for broad-based support of the SDGs, including active involvement by the private sector.

Based in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, and reporting annual revenues of $18 billion, CEMEX created Patrimonio Hoy, a financing and development program for low-income families in Latin America who want to build their own homes. The initiative ties to SDG 1, No Poverty.  

The CEMEX initiative provides technical assistance, financing, building materials and construction services to low-income families.  Repayment terms are flexible, with a micro-credit framework that offers comfortable repayment options.


In addition to addressing SDG1, CEMEX is also focusing its work on SDG 5, Gender equality; SDG 11, Sustainable cities and communities; SDG 13, Climate action; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.


Presenting on “Aligning Business With the Global Goals” will be Henning Alts, who joined Cemex in 2007 and leads marketing for Patrimonio Hoy.  


Presenting for BCtA is Rabayl Mirza, an impact management specialist who previously held a measurement, learning and evaluation post at the Aman Foundation, a $100 million social impact fund of the Abraaj Group. 
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