Among its various social responsibility initiatives, particularly notable are the visits by thousands of students to the different cement plants, the Open Doors Week, the Environmental Monitoring Committees, the support given to local projects and organisations and the Secil Awards.
Corporate social responsibility has been a long-standing, widespread practice in Secil, in different areas:
In order to analyse and discuss the company’s activities and communicate them to society at large through some of its representatives, Secil voluntarily created in 2003 the Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) of Outão. This body, composed of independent entities, was one of the first to be established in Portugal.
CAA Outão has provided a better understanding of the concerns of communities and increased responsiveness to the challenges Secil faces in terms of sustainability.
Later on, in 2006, Secil created the E.M.C. of Maceira-Liz. The internationalization of this committee arrived at Tunisia (Gabès) in 2012 and at Brazil (Adrianópolis) in 2015.
To know more about the operation of this initiative, consult our Documentation Center (objective, regulation, agenda, constitution and other information).
Among the various initiatives to open Secil to the public, there have been visits by thousands of students to the different cement plants, the participation in several environmental projects (like the Barco Évora, in Outão factory, or the ecological trail, in Brazil) and the Open Doors Week, an annual event that the Setúbal community has joined with great enthusiasm since 2004.
Maceira-Liz is a plant with a long history and culture, which is well documented in an interesting museum. The Cement Museum, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, is a non-profit institution aimed at preserving the historic heritage of the factory, and offers the general public guided tours to various points of interest:
- Museum – Central Nucleus – With a permanent exhibition that addresses the factory’s history from the 1920s to the present day.
- Turbo Power Plant – A building designed to produce electricity, which retains its historical architectural features.
- Locomotive No. 1 – A locomotive acquired in 1926 which remained in operation until 1987.
- Line III Museum Circuit – Former facilities and equipment of a production line installed in the 1930s.
- Interpretation and Documentation Centre – This incorporates the Museum’s technical services, the auditorium, the documentation office and the museum resources.
- Limestone Quarry Observatory – Here, you can learn about the local geological and palaeontological background and observe some wild bird species that seek out the quarry as a feeding ground, refuge or nesting place.
- Jurassic Garden – A garden holding a small collection of fossils properly identified and some interpretative panels on the theme.
- Water Park – A space created to draw public attention to the importance of water resources and to provide some knowledge on the water treatment process at the Maceira-Liz plant.
Secil’s many contributions to the community include the support and annual funding for about 100 projects in the region, through the Patronage Law, as well as the sponsorship of sporting events, local festivals and concerts, benefiting thousands of people from Setúbal. We intend to continue to maintain a close relationship with the local community, just as we have done up to now.
The Secil Awards, an initiative more than 20 years old, is another facet of our policy of patronage, promoting public recognition of Portuguese designers of Civil Engineering and Architectural projects.
Secil has also sought to collaborate with various partners in terms of sustainability, both at home and abroad, among whom are the ATIC (Technical Association of the Cement Industry), CEMBUREAU (European Cement Association), the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), BCSD Portugal and the CSI (Cement Sustainability Initiative).
The company regularly participates in conferences and seminars as a speaker, publishes its scientific publications and articles (whether in the area of biodiversity or in terms of air emissions) and cooperates in conducting various academic studies and theses.