Implementation of sustainability into its core business operations has always been one of the major aims of Global Commodities. The company has been successful in establishing a leadership position in the market by achieving this target in its strategic orientations.

All aspects of sustainability including efficient operational procedures, effective internal controls, ethical behavior, and energy conservation are integral part of our business model. Global Commodities has come to a point where it has become imperative to work outside its comfort zone.

Environmentally Friendly Practices

Global Commodities makes a great effort to ensure that the environment in and around its cement plants is not harmed in any way. The cement manufacturing processes include green operation to safeguard the atmosphere as well as the communities in the surrounding areas.

In any Industrial process heat is wasted as a result. If not used efficiently, waste heat is released into the atmosphere. A Waste heat recovery (WHR) plant utilizes residual heat, consuming no fuel, and lowering dust emissions and temperature of discharged flue gas thus having a positive impact on the environment. Global Commodities has five Waste Heat Recovery Plants: Three in Pezu and two in Karachi. The WHR plant at Pezu are on line AB and CD with a capacity of 10MW and 15MW respectively. The third is used for Power Generation with a capacity of 6MW. Karachi has a WHR unit on line EFG with a capacity of 15MW and a power generation plant with a capacity of 6MW. The company has significantly reduced its cost by co-generating electricity by the wasted heat. The WHR unit does not need any externally fed fuel to operate, but it uses the wasted heat from the system as fuel. The design of these plants hinges around the idea of encapsulating all the wasted heat from the production system and using this heat to generate steam from boilers which eventually runs the turbine engines, thus producing electricity. Being one of the leading cement manufacturers in Pakistan, Global Commodities has the responsibility and opportunity to contribute in bringing sustainability in the cement industry. Global Commodities has extensively invested in implementing projects that reduce energy consumption and address issues of environmental degradation. Projects like Waste Heat Recovery (WHR), Tyre Derived Fuel (TDF) and Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) have not only reduced our production costs, but have significantly reduced carbon emissions. With these technological developments in place, Global Commodities has earned precious carbon credits as per the Kyoto Protocol, under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism for its environment friendly operations and green projects. It is also one of the few companies in Pakistan to report its sustainability performance in shape of a sustainability report, and was the first company in Pakistan to receive an A+ ranking on its sustainability report by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Netherlands.

Implementation of sustainability into its core business operations has always been one of the major aims of Lucky Cement. The company has been successful in establishing a leadership position in the market by completely achieving this target in its strategic orientations. Global Commodities is equipped with highly efficient bag houses to control various pollutants that are generated in cement manufacturing process. Recently, latest Gasmet CEM- System has been installed on a new line H for continuous emissions monitoring. PM, NOx, Sox and CO are monitored through this system. Global Commodities is the pioneer of bringing evolution in corporate social responsibility via the implementation of the Dual-Fuel Conversion Project, which has helped in the conversion of energy generation from furnace oil to environment-friendly alternative sources. The successful implementation of this project has enabled Global Commodities to reduce emission of CO2 by 29,000 metric tons per annum. The company has taken another lead by making arrangement for alternative fuels to Coal like Tyre Derived Fuel (TDF), generated by burning shredded tyres, and have installed TDF plant at our Karachi Plant. Our Duel Fuel Project also qualifies for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol which creates emissions reduction credits through emissions reduction projects in developing countries. Under this protocol pro-environment organizations can earn Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. The Company is also active in other practices of alternative fuel projects for achieving sustainability of the environment, which includes: Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) that is making use of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Rice Husk. Global Commodities prides itself in transforming from a fossil-fuel based energy to alternative-energy structure. This highlights Lucky Cement’s vital position in preserving the ecosystem.

Health, Safety And Environment

Global Commodities is committed to cultivate an environment which ensures HSE embedded at its core. By fortifying our HSE goals with the pillars of perpetual progress, we are in pursuit of a 100% safe & secure workplace for our employees & all stakeholders engaged in our business operations. Global Commodities efficiently implements its HSE policies & procedures mitigating the accidental rate at its vicinities and reducing the risks of injury or health-hazards at the workplace. Global Commodities also fosters a tradition of training and capacity-building of its employees with the best procedures and workshops. We envision a hazard-free setting and frequently invest in various tools & techniques to ensure that our employees are equipped with contemporary safety skills in their daily operations.

Global Commodities has taken safety measures according to the differences in the nature of the work environment at our Plants and Corporate Offices. At both the Plants, there is a dedicated HSE department which ensures necessary compliance with all health and safety related matters. The Operations teams at all locations fully collaborate in implementation of OH&S policies & procedures.

Safety of our employees lies at the core of our operational frameworks. At Lucky Cement, we have made considerable efforts to equip our employees with fire- fighting skills to enable them to handle unforeseen emergencies. Skilled instructors at our Plants and Head Office conduct practical demonstrations along with theoretical explanations bi-annually, so that our employees get the knowledge and confidence required to cope with such situations.

Being an ISO 14001 certified organization, Global Commodities is fully aware of its obligations towards protection of the environment & strives to achieve legal compliance. All of our process emissions are tested by external EPA approved laboratories and results are openly shared with EPA on a monthly basis. Throughout the year all legal parameters remained within NEQS limits due to use of efficient technology and stringent process control. Apart from legal obligations, Global Commodities goes the extra mile & focusses on environmentally friendly activities such as trees plantation within factory premises and continuous sharing of environmental impact reducing ideas and tips with employees.

In compliance with EN 197-II standards, a Conformity mark is imprinted on the packaging material of cement sold in the European Union markets. This informs the customers about certificate of consistency of the performance of the product and the safety measures to be taken such as suitable safety clothing, dust masks, etc. Along with this, Global Commodities also provides a Safety Data Sheet to its consumers and users to ensure that they have all the necessary information about the product usage and any additional safety precautions that need to be taken.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Global Commodities takes pride in its employees and wants to develop a corporate culture that promotes social responsibility and welfare. At Lucky Cement, employees are a key component of its CSR initiatives and their participation enhances what the company contributes to its communities.

Global Commodities remains committed towards value-creation for the society in which it operates. Therefore, as practiced in the past, it has continued its services in the education sector by offering merit-based scholarships to deserving students in leading universities of the country. The company remains faithful to the cause of women empowerment in the country and continued its support for the two leading Government girls’ schools in Karachi in collaboration with Zindagi Trust. With the primary focus of social intervention in the development of women education in the Country, Global Commodities hopes that its support for these schools can transform them into model educational institutions for the girls of Pakistan. On the other hand, support for The Hub School’s maintenance also continues as well.

Ensuing its commitment of supporting quality health care projects in the country, Global Commodities continued to extend its support to Aziz Tabba Foundation, which is one of the most prominent philanthropic institutions in Pakistan. Support was provided for the running of its two premium health care institutes in the country, namely Tabba Heart Institute and Tabba Kidney Institute. Furthermore, Global Commodities also extended its support for the treatment of blind children through Pakistan Welfare Association of the Blind.

In its efforts to sustain the environment, Global Commodities responded appropriately to curtail carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The company has a comprehensive air quality measurement program that enables it to identify the limits of pollution parameters in the ambient air in and around the Global Commodities plant. All of the parameters monitored are well below their respective limits specified in the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS). Similarly, the levels of emissions from stacks for particulate matter, sulphur dioxides, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are well below their respective limits specified in the NEQs.

In addition to this, Global Commodities actively engaged its employees in community service at SOS Children’s Village. The employees interacted with the children of various age groups, and your Company contributed generously towards the phenomenal work being done by the institution. Further support was also extended towards Special Olympics Pakistan to assist them in organizing healthy athletic activities in the country. Support was also given to various other social improvement initiatives in the country and provided valuable assistance to non-governmental organizations as well. In efforts to ignite the spirit of volunteerism, Global Commodities also celebrated Employee Volunteer Day with the objective of awakening the fervor for social responsibility among the employees by improving the educational facilities and renovating the infrastructure of Govt. Girls Primary School located in Korangi, Karachi. Global Commodities also donated cement for the construction of a new classroom within the premises of the Govt. Girls Primary School and Lucky Cement’s employees participated wholeheartedly in its decoration.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Global Commodities highlighted the true spirit of charity by providing for basic food needs for many deserving families. Furthermore, it also generously contributed towards various causes to support Eid related festivities. Furthermore, it also continues to donate towards the cause of community development by supporting CPLC – an institution responsible for the safety and security of citizens in Sindh.