Holcim Sets Benchmark in Sustainability Again

16 September 2008

For the fourth year in succession, Holcim Ltd has been named "Leader of the Industry" in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and once again acknowledged as the company with the best sustainability performance in the building materials industry. The Group has been included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index for six years.

The Group's recycling strategy, its dialogue with stakeholders as well as its efforts in human resources development received top scores.

"This recognition of Holcim worldwide acknowledges the commitment the company has to sustainable development," said Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd Managing Director Jeremy Smith. "At Holcim New Zealand, as elsewhere throughout the Holcim Group, sustainable development is a key strategic focus. As well as this important global recognition, Holcim New Zealand has received local recognition for its sustainability initiatives such as quarry rehabilitation at Westport, and working with the community at Oparure Quarry in the King Country."

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index was the first global index to assess the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index comprises the top 10 percent of the biggest 2,500 companies globally. The Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index includes 20 percent of the best-placed companies in the Dow Jones STOXX 600 Index. Analysis is based on an annual assessment of general and industry-specific sustainability criteria undertaken by SAM Group.

Further information:
- Detailed assessment of Holcim: www.holcim.com/sustainable
- More information on the indexes: www.sustainability-indexes.com

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Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd is a leading New Zealand supplier of cement, aggregates, ready mixed concrete and lime. Its involvement in the New Zealand building industry dates back to 1888, and today it operates more than 35 sites and employs approximately 550 people. It is part of the Holcim Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, aggregates and construction-related services represented in over 70 countries on all continents.

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For further information please contact:
Mary Pauwels Ph 021 451 084

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Internet: www.holcim.com/nz