Community Support Programme

 
We are committed to being a good in the communities in which the company operates. To achieve this we promote community involvement and partner with local stakeholders to improve educational, social and cultural development in those communities.

We provide assistance through our Community Support Programme, with preference given to the following focus areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Shelter / Infrastructure

Examples of the Community Support we provide:

 
Victim Support

In 2017 and 2018 Holcim supported Victim Support by providing funding for the recruitment and training of their volunteers. Victim Support provides 24 hour, 7 day a week access to an integrated, personalised, professional support service to all victims of crime and trauma, advocating for the rights and interests of these victims.


EERST (Paper4trees)

Since 2014 Holcim have supported schools in the Otorohanga, Westport, Waitaki, Christchurch, Franklin, Papakura, Auckland, Wellington and Timaru regions, through the Paper4Trees Carbon Reduction Programme. Schools are supplied with a native tree or plant for every two cubic metres of paper and cardboard they recycle or keep from landfill. The group provide all the resources required for recycling bins for every classroom in participating schools.

 
Volunteer Wellington

Volunteer Wellington powers the community and voluntary sector through volunteer engagement, professional development, support and mentoring services, supporting more than 380 community organisations. Holcim supported volunteer Wellington by fully funding their Sustainable Funding Workshops in 2017 and 2018.

 

YMCA South & Mid Canterbury

YMCA Mid Canterbury is part of the YMCA South & Mid Canterbury, a not-for-profit organisation that provides various youth, sport and recreation programmes and activities for young people age 12-24 years, and also educational programmes for people from 16-65 yearsof age. In 2018 Holcim supported YMCA South & Mid Canterbury by giving funding towards to cost of implementing the Resiliency Toolkit Programme to all seven secondary schools in the Timaru District.


K2 Youth Development Trust

In 2018 Holcim supported the K2 Youth Development Trust by providing funding towards to cost of implementing the Kiwi Can Programme into four schools in the Timaru District. Kiwi Can is the first step of a journey that takes young people through Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes at different stages in their schooling. It sets a foundation of values and life skills that the students take with them through school and into later life. Each student visits a Kiwi Can class once a week to enjoy a positive, uplifting environment that encourages self-belief and confidence..

 
Teaching & Research Position

Holcim New Zealand has, since 2003, sponsored a part-time teaching and research position at the University of Canterbury School of Engineering. Professor Des Bull, who holds the position, is working with the building industry on concrete construction technologies..

 
Holcim Scholarships

For more than 25 years Holcim has awarded a tertiary study scholarship at Westport. Since 2009, scholarships have also been offered to communities relating to our Hastings Quarry, Bombay Quarry, Kiwi Point Quarry (Wellington) and since 2016 our Timaru Terminal. The scholarship pays $2,000 per year for up to three years of study, as well as the potential to provide holiday work at our operating sites when available.

(Picture: Bethany O’Connor, Westport)