“Cementing green credibility. ”
Taiwan Cement Corporation breaks through all stereotypes.
Taiwan Cement Corporation (TCC) was established in 1946 and registered in Republic of China(Taiwan). TCC is more than a cement manufacturing company, it is also an environmental engineering company handling the complex relationship between human civilization and nature.
TCC is not merely an abbreviation for Taiwan Cement Corporation, it also stands for Total Climate Commitment. It represents the cement manufacturing giant’s ambition to combat climate change as outlined in the Paris Agreement. In recent years, the corporation has endeavored to reduce environmental impact by adjusting various policies related to environmental cycle management, circular economy approval, and sustainable supply chain management. The core strategy of the company’s environmental management policy is a circular economy.
The company also pledges to promote ecological regeneration. Comprehensive restoration plans at old mines include long-term appropriation of resources to protect endangered plants and animals, stimulate and awaken the surrounding ecosystem, and maintain the diversity of nature.
TCC also stands for ‘Total Care Commitment.’ TCC uses its excellent human resource base as the foundation of sustainable operations. In order to enhance employee capability and quality, which are prerequisites of long-term competitiveness, TCC offers training in business management, factory management, and technical skills. In support of its global expansion, TCC provides foreign language lessons.
In 2018, the company implemented a new performance-based bonus system that is granted every quarter. The system lets employees quickly benefit from strong corporate performance, further extending employee care.
TCC pioneers a new ‘port + cement plant + power plant’ 3-in-1 circular economy combo in the Hoping Plant, Taiwan, demonstrating the value of a circular economy. The raw materials required for making cement, including fuel, iron slag, plasters, and slag, are shipped in via the Hoping Plant Port. Finished clinker or cement products are shipped from the Hoping Plant to cement receiving stations at major ports in western Taiwan. Shipping lowers environmental and transportation impact compared to land transportation.
The port uses a sealed storage and conveyor belt transport system to reduce scattering of dust. Automatic loading and unloading machines equipped on the harbour reduce transportation volume, which further lowers air emissions and carbon dioxide emission.
TCC aims to conduct more research on energy conservation and emission reduction plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The corporation holds monthly review meetings to check the progress of the research conducted.
In order to carry out climate change mitigation strategies, the company has established energy management mechanisms. The cement manufacturing giant sets energy conservation targets, standardizes energy consumption control, and develops new technologies to improve production processes and equipment. The company includes energy consumption and power generation data in its management dashboard wall to provide real-time references for internal management. Annually, the corporation establishes product (coal and electricity) energy consumption indices, energy conservation plans, and develops alternative raw materials and fuels.
For raw material management, the company holds monthly production and sales meetings to evaluate raw material needs. These meetings ensure that proper inventory volumes reduce the frequency of material transportation, which lowers transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by TCC’s upstream suppliers.
TCC endeavours to grow with its suppliers in order to support sustainable supply chain management. TCC assesses a comprehensive set of factors, including legal trends, macro environmental changes, and industrial technology. In addition to prioritizing local procurement, the company evaluates the sustainability practices of current and new suppliers.
When discussing these issues, the cement manufacturer spreads its spirit of sustainable development. Before cultivating new suppliers, the Material Management Department conducts supplier surveys as necessary in collaboration with the research and development office, the plant, and the finance department. Besides documentary reviews, the team performs an on-site inspection to understand the production lines and mineral sources of new suppliers. It then produces a report that supports sustainable supplier management. The company requests that new suppliers sign a code of conduct and a safety and health pledge. In 2018, 62 suppliers signed the code of conduct. That same year, the industry leader evaluated 70 new suppliers and 100 percent passed. Besides having a code of conduct for suppliers, the company uses its procurement choices as a way of giving positive feedback. The corporation created the Plant Supplier Evaluation Regulations and a TCC supplier sustainability evaluation chart for the suppliers.
Cement has always been the core of TCC’s business. While many people see cement as a material for constructing large buildings, the corporation wants to show that it is a versatile substance which can be made into household objects. The corporation communicates with its stakeholders through cement handicraft workshops. While making handicrafts, they discuss the role of arts and the environment in its business.
These workshops are a valuable employee communication channel. Environmental topics cause employees to adjust their behaviours and achieve an internal consensus that will drive the company ahead. Cement handicraft workshops and environmental education courses are like a ‘TCC value train’ which delivers corporate ideals to society. They also embody the company’s vision to go beyond the traditional B2B communication channel and enter the B2C domain.
The company makes a concerted effort to interact with the communities it operates in. TCC arranges local residents and educational institutions to visit the plants, and show stakeholders that its plants follow relevant laws and operate according to plan. In 2018, close to 400 people from 10 external organizations visited the Hoping Plant and TCC’s mining and shaft systems. The visitors also learn that the discharge of water from the company’s mining system follows all water and soil conservation laws. Local residents discover that there is no reason to fear environmental impacts associated with TCC’s operations, which improves the corporation’s community relations.
As global attention on climate change grows, the company CEO, vice presidents, and plant managers discuss and evaluate potential impacts. They use external expert opinions, internal and external research reports, and the latest market development observations to assess upcoming risks and opportunities and the changes that climate change may bring. After financial impact analysis and discussion, the cement giant sets short, mid and long-term action plans. These serve as the foundation of the future development directions, annual plans, and operational strategies that the company sets each year.
“TCC’s endeavours to reduce environmental impact by adjusting various policies has resulted in a stunningly environmentally-friendly organization”
Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group
“The sheer audacity of a cement manufacturer becoming a global renewable energy operator bodes nothing but good for the greening of the world”
Dr. Jayanthi Desan, Lead Jury, ACES Awards