Building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. aims to help close to 400,000 people in its communities by 2020 through programs for shelter, infrastructure, education, livelihood, health and safety as part of its social responsibility and sustainability commitments to have a more positive impact on development.

Holcim Philippines unveiled these plans recently during the launch of “Holcim Helps,” a campaign which standardizes the communication programs of its various sites for their communities particularly on social and environmental initiatives. The campaign also follows the LafargeHolcim Group’s sustainable development strategy which includes a set of actionable goals to contribute to the global efforts in tackling the pressing issues stated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Holcim Philippines president and CEO John Stull said that “Holcim Helps” aims to make its communities and the public better understand and appreciate that Holcim Philippines’ programs are about working with their partners for a future for keeps.

“Holcim Helps” also underscores the company’s goal of making their programs a collaboration with communities instead of charitable donations as the primary form of assistance. Instead, the partnership will help them better understand their needs and equip them with the means to improve their lives through capability-building initiatives for a more sustainable and lasting positive impact,” he said.

Since 2015, Holcim Philippines’ corporate citizenship programs have benefited close to 300,000 people in its communities and beyond. Education programs have received the largest share of funds for social programs at 32%, followed by livelihood and employment, as well as shelter and infrastructure that have each cornered a quarter of the budget, respectively.