Corporate governance and Group strategy

Corporate governance

Hanson UK is part of the HeidelbergCement Group. The UK operations are managed within HeidelbergCement’s Western and Northern Europe Group area. The managing board member responsible for this area is Daniel Gauthier. Hanson UK’s chief executive officer Patrick O’Shea reports to Daniel Gauthier.  You can find more details about our UK management structure and further information on our range of products and services on our web site

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HeidelbergCement Group sustainability strategy

As a company that makes intensive use of raw materials, HeidelbergCement regards climate protection and the securing of resources as the principal foundation for future development. Efficient production processes and the increasing use of alternative fuels and raw materials make an important contribution to this vision. Group-wide standards for environmental protection and occupational health and safety help ensure ambitious goals are implemented worldwide. Quarries from which raw materials are extracted are returned to a natural state or put to agricultural use. We are increasingly opting for restoration to nature conservation, thus helping to preserve biological and species diversity.

The central parts of our sustainability strategy are derived from our core business and its effects on the environment and society. For us, sustainable development means ensuring a balance between making profit and securing future viability through good corporate governance. We therefore strive to act in a socially and ecologically responsible way, considering the needs of society as a whole. Our publication ‘Sustainability Ambitions 2020’ clearly defines the long-term nature of our commitment. We have integrated sustainability and social responsibility into our corporate strategy as a vital pillar. Responsible economic activity is the basis of our long-term success.

HeidelbergCement is an active member of the Cement Sustainability Initiative, a global effort by 25 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries who believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development. Collectively these companies account for around 30 per cent of the world’s cement production and range in size from large multi-nationals to smaller local producers.

You can read more about HeidelbergCement’s sustainability strategy and ambitions for 2020 on the Group website at