“The Responsible Sourcing Certification System” launched in Turkey by the Turkish Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (THBB), Regional System Operator of the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), has been activated and the first ready-mixed concrete plant and cement factory have been certified. Following the independent audits conducted by the Economic Enterprise of KGS, the Certification Body of the Concrete Sustainability Council, “Akçansa Gebze Ready-Mixed Concrete Plant” has received the “Responsible Sourcing Certificate” as the first awarded concrete plant in Turkey. The number of CSC certificates has started to grow in Turkey. Following the application, “Akçansa Büyükçekmece Cement Factory” was audited by KGS and became the first cement producer with the “Responsible Sourcing Certificate” in Turkey.
Turkish Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (THBB), working to promote the production of concrete in compliance with the national and international standards and to ensure the accurate concrete applications in constructions for last 30 years, has been leading the developments in sustainability. THBB gives great importance to the sustainability as a model that handles environmental balance and economic growth and believes that the best way to invest in our future is to use the natural resources efficiently. THBB, appointed as the Council’s “Regional System Operator,” in 2017, continues to promote the Responsible Sourcing System.
Akçansa Gebze Ready-Mixed Concrete Plant has received the “Responsible Sourcing Certificate” as the first awarded concrete plant in Turkey.
The number of CSC certificates has started to grow in Turkey. Following the application, Akçansa Büyükçekmece Cement Factory was audited by KGS and became the first cement producer with the “Responsible Sourcing Certificate” in Turkey.
These two first certificates were presented to Akçansa General Manager Mr. Umut Zenar at the ceremony held in Istanbul on 30th November 2018.
Mr. Yavuz Işık, President of the Board of Directors of European Ready-Mixed Concrete Oganization (ERMCO) and THBB, said, "We have focused on sustainability issues not only in Turkey but also in the whole world. Within this scope, we have presented the Responsible Sourcing System to the Turkish ready-mixed concrete, cement, aggregates and precast industries. This system takes into consideration the environmental balance and economic growth together, and aims to meet the needs of future generations by ensuring the efficient use of natural resources. As the Turkish ready-mixed concrete industry, we achieved one of the first in terms of sustainability. On this occasion, I congratulate Akçansa, a member of our association, which is entitled to receive the Responsible Sourcing System Certificates. Finally, I would like to invite our ready-mixed concrete, cement, aggregate and precast industries to join this system.”
Akçansa General Manager Umut Zenar highlighted that they are working for the sustainability of concrete, the most common construction material in the world, and said, “We have proven our compliance with the international norms on responsible sourcing and we have crowned our achievement with these certificates. These certificates we have received for the Gebze Ready-Mixed Concrete Plant and Büyükçekmece Cement Factory are a pride for both our industry and our country.”
About Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association (THBB) is a professional organization that has endeavored for the production of concrete in compliance with the standards to construct the reliable and resistant structures and for the use of concrete in high resistance classes in the concrete applications conforming to the standards especially in the areas with high earthquake risk since 1988. It is mandatory for the companies to do production in compliance with the standards in all their ready-mixed concrete plants, to have received a KGS (Quality Assurance System) Certificate of Conformity which is subjected to continuous spot checking, to possess an appropriate laboratory, and to fulfill the technical, environmental, legal, and ethical criteria as well as the criteria relating to vocational health and workers’ safety in a complete manner.
About Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC)
A group of international organizations in the concrete and cement sector came together to begin the process of developing an international responsible sourcing certification system for the cement and concrete sector in 2013. Industry representatives signed an agreement to develop a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete, cement and aggregates during the International Concrete Sustainability Conference in Medellín, Colombia in 2014. As a result, The Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) was officially founded in 2016
The CSC is committed to accelerating sustainability and responsible sourcing within the cement and concrete sector. It sets a leading example for the general public and private sector by contributing to the growing public awareness of, and commitment to, sustainable development. The certification system was developed by industry experts; representatives from non-governmental organizations participated in a stakeholder consultation process that was led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. The CSC system provides insight about to which level is a company operating in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. The CSC certification covers raw materials, their source or provenance; the concrete manufacturing process and a range of social and environmental matters. The responsible sourcing certification system helps in providing credible and independent evidence of sustainable sourcing practices to share with customers. Whilst empowering customers and manufacturers to make environmentally supportive decisions, it allows public authorities to achieve environmental targets.