KARACHI: Lucky Cement Limited won the Environment Excellence Award at the 15th Annual Environment Excellence Awards 2018, organised by The National Forum of Environment and Health (NFEH). The award ceremony was held at a local hotel on July 17, 2018.
Lucky Cement received the award in recognition of its commitment towards sustainable development and contribution towards protecting the overall environment for a greener Pakistan. Instituted thirteen years ago, The Annual Environment Excellence Awards are the benchmark for environmental standards in Pakistan.
Speaking of the occasion, Lucky Cement Limited Chief Operating Officer Amin Ganny, said, “We at Lucky Cement believe in environmentally friendly practices and committed to conserving the environment.”
He further added that “Implementation of sustainability into our core business operations has always been one of our main objectives. We follow a comprehensive Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan. The management strongly believes in preserving the ecosystem through the management of gaseous emissions, particulate matter, noise levels, effluents (sewage) and solid waste.”
Sustainable development forms a significant part in Lucky Cement’s business strategies and is one of the key factors that have led the company towards progress and growth. Till date, Lucky Cement has planted over 33,500 trees saplings within the surrounding area of each plant, with a further 5,000 trees to be planted this summer.
A green belt project, spanning across some of the old mining areas of the Karachi plant, was initiated to implement sustainable mining practices. Earlier, Lucky Cement won the Health, Safety and Environment Award in the category of “The Responsibility for Health and Safety,” at the 2017 International Environment, Health and Safety Awards Gala and Corporate Social Responsibility Award, in the category of Innovation, organized by The Professionals Network (PTN), at the 7th CSR Summit and Awards.
Lucky Cement also holds the prestigious ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, ISO 9001 certificate for its quality management system, and OHSAS 18001 for its occupational health and safety.
The National Forum for Environment and Health was established in 1999 and is a non-profit organization with the aim to facilitate and promote environmental, healthcare and educational awareness amongst the masses. The NFEH is accredited NGO with United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) and its activities have appreciated and supported by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Governor of Punjab, Federal and Provincial Ministries of Environment.