Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

In recognition of the importance of maintaining socially conscious operations and developing the communities in which it operates, Heidelberg Materials Egypt has sought to develop a three-part strategy for managing its social responsibility with a focus on the areas of education, community development and health.

Suez Cement initiative for greywater recycling in schools

Implementing Agency: Ain El Beah
Location: Kafr El Elw, Helwan​​
Start Date: May 2020

Under a slogan “A drop of water is worth life”, the project aims to promote water conservation, to lower the cost of water treatment and to educate the public on optimal water recycling.  “Greywater” refers to all the wastewater generated in households from showers, baths or washing of clothes – everything except the toilets. This water can be collected and reused or recycled for irrigation of gardens and green spaces, as well as other non-potable uses. Before using the greywater again, bacteria is killed by using UV rays. This way, the water can be safely reused and precious drinking water can be conserved.  

Private Sector Alliance Against COVID-19 initiative

Implementing Agency: American Chamber of Commerce and UNICEF
Location: Isolation hospitals in ministry of health​​​​​
Start Date: April 2020

As part of SCGC's interest in playing an important and effective role in supporting the State's efforts to contain COVID-19, the Group has donated, in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce and UNICEF, ventilators for isolation hospitals as part of their initiative "Private Sector Alliance against COVID-19".  

Donate rehabilitated computers

Location: Kafr El Elw, Helwan 
Start Date: April 2020


The initiative aims at providing schools with donate rehabilitated old computers. Another goal has to do with the environment, i.e. to protect the environment by reducing the negative impact of the unsafe disposal of waste computers. The group's intention was to motivate various groups of the society to donate old computer and accessories and to enhances its role in promoting the educational process.


Omar Ibn El Khattab Preparatory School Upgrading Project, Suez

Implementing Agency: Takatof Association for Development
Location: Kafr Selim in Suez Governorate
Start Date: June 2014 


As a result of riots and looting in the city of Suez, the Omar Ibn El Khattab Preparatory School required maintenance and upgrades due to its deteriorated state.
Implementation of the program 
The school was upgraded with maintenance to its infrastructure as well as new furnishing and equipment. The project took place from May 2014 and was completed in September 2015. Upon completion, the school was completely refurbished with more than 800 pupils, including students with disabilities, were able to benefit from a better learning environment. In addition, 61 teachers, administrative staff and parents received training courses to better benefit the children.

                            Before                                                               After

Following this project, Suez Cement and Takatof NGO developed new activities, with the involvement of Suez Cement's employees, to tackle the project’s sustainability challenges. This included a program targeting school violence, further working towards providing a better learning environment for the children.
Partner Background 
Takatof Association for Development is an NGO with the goal of providing a "better quality of life for residents of underprivileged areas in Egypt".

Among its activities is the renovation of public schools according to a protocol agreement signed with the Ministry of Education.

Madrasti, Kafr El Elw - Helwan

Implementing Agency: Association for Development and Enhancement of Women ADEW 
Location: Kafr El Elw, Helwan 
Start Date: May 2014


The purpose of this project is to create a suitable and healthy school environment for children in order to empower them in becoming future active citizens and to achieve a long-term change in their understanding of the importance of education for the present and future.

Implementation of the program
Under the program, the primary school in Kafr El Elw, Helwan was renovated, including facilities , grants to help with tuition fees and school supplies, medical convoys to provide women and children with medical assistance and a community mobilization program.
Progress at March 2015
On March 3rd was held the closing conference of “Madrasti” project (My School) carried out by The Association for Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW) in collaboration with Helwan Cement Company. The conference aimed at presenting the achievements of the project implemented in the period between July 2014 and February 2015. ""Madrasti"" project was successful partnership for developing the learning environment in Kafr El-Elw district. The infrastructure of Kafr El-Elw primary school was developed for the benefit of 860 girl and boy students. Tuition fees were paid for a number of 500 students and sportswear, uniforms and stationeries were also offered to them. SCGC is glad to present you the achievements of the project implemented, as appeared on national portals at below links:
Akhbar el youm 
Face Masr 
Partner Background
ADEW is an Association for Development and Enhancement of Women which seeks to alleviate poverty and eradicate the cultural differences between genders that perpetuate inequality through social, economic and political development.


Sponsorship of the Enactus Annual National Competition

Implementing Agency: ENACTUS EGYPT 
Location: Helwan, Suez, El Minya 
Date: Academic years 2013 - 2014 and 2014 - 2015

Suez Cement is one of the main sponsors of the Enactus Annual National Competition. Egyptian students are asked to present their development project to be evaluated by Egyptian business leaders serving as judges who will rank them on their success in using business concepts ts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need and creating economic opportunities for others.

Implementation of the program 
SCGC provided the Helwan, Tourah and Suez Enactus team with technical support to help them advance to the next level and compete at the Enactus World Cup. In the academic year 2013/14 Suez Cement promoted the “Italcementi Group Special Marketing Competition” where students from 40 Egyptian universities were asked to prepare a marketing and communications plan to commercialize Italcementi Group’s products in the Egyptian market. The partnership between SCGC took place again for the academic year 2014/15, with part of the funds covering Suez Cement’s special competition on solar energy.
Partner Background
ENACTUS is an international non-profit organization that brings together students, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the world.  

Revamping of Helwan Public Hospital

Implementing Agency: Misr El Kheir Foundation 
Location: Helwan 
Start Date: December 2013

The aim of the project was to give Helwan and its neighboring areas an efficient institution that can meet their health needs in areas close to the company’s manufacturing sites.  The Helwan Public Hospital was revamped in partnership with Misr El Kheir foundation. The Hospital received much needed infrastructure maintenance as well as new medical equipment.
Partner Background
Misr El Kheir Foundation is a non-profit organization involved in several sectors, including health, social solidarity, scientific research and education. The foundation supports projects in each field through financial support and consulting work as well as offers direct help to limited income families.   

Supporting the activities of Don Bosco Technical Institute

Implementing Agency: Don Bosco Institute in Cairo
Location: Cairo 
Start Date: May 2006 

Suez Cement has been supporting Don Bosco since 2006 by helping upgrade its infrastructure and facilities, developing new programs and increasing the number of students attending the Institute. The overall objective of the programwas to match the demand and the supply of training to improve Egyptian industries’ competitiveness in the global and domestic markets. More specifically, the project sought to provide a suitable educational environment, increase the number of students at Don Bosco and create new job opportunities for young Egyptians.

Partner Background
The Don Bosco Technical Institute in Cairo was founded in 1926 with the aim of helping Egyptian teenagers  enter the job market. It has been regarded as a successful model, because of its combination of advanced practical training and modern educational techniques. The Institute supports young people from different social backgrounds by providing educational and training courses based on student-centered approaches, including cultural, professional and social aspects. According to the overall agreement between the Italian and Egyptian governments to promote technical, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries, the graduated Don Bosco students can be admitted either to Egyptian or to Italian Universities. Don Bosco graduates are well known and in demand throughout the industrial sector due to their excellent training and professional skills.


Suez Cement Company Endowed Fellowship Fund

Implementing Agency: AUC
Location: Cairo 
Start Date: January 2012 

Suez Cement launched  the Suez Cement Company Endowed Fellowship Fund, which will support tuition for one Egyptian M.Sc. student in the School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo. This graduate fellowship offers the chance for academically outstanding and financially disadvantaged students to obtain their master’s degree at AUC. Eligibility requirements for the program included residence in Helwan, Tourah, Suez, or Minya or an undergraduate degree from Helwan University, Minya University or Suez Canal University.
Partner Background
The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures. AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States.  

57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital

Implementing Agency: 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital 
Location: Cairo 
Start Date: 2008 - 2013

SCGC launched this program with the aim of raising funds for 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital, one of the best cancer hospitals in the region. The donation, which includes cash and cement products, enabled the hospital to continue to engage in advanced cancer treatment and research. Among the fundraising activities by SCGC was the donation of cement to assist in building facilities, participation in a marathon organized by the hospital and a special Ramadan campaign where a total of 445,000 EGP was donated.

Partner Background
Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 is the largest children’s cancer hospital in the world. CCHE is leading the way in healthcare in Egypt and seeks to  provide superior care for children suffering from cancer in Egypt, the Arab world and the Nile Basin countries. 


Adopt a School

Implementing Agency: Injaz
Location: El Minya 
Start Date: August 2012


Under this project, SCGC adopted 4 Egyptian schools in  Tourah, Helwan, Suez and El Minya where money donated will go towards developing student skills, training teachers on innovative teaching methods, holding awareness sessions for students’ families and improving the children’s learning environment through renovating the schools.

Partner Background 
INJAZ Egypt is an educational organization that works to bridge the gap between the education system and the private sector. In partnership with the Ministry of Education and multinational and national companies Injaz was established to create a new generation of empowered youth who will become entrepreneurs or the employees of choice for corporations, instead of joining the growing ranks of the unemployed. Injaz signed an MOU with the Ministry last year to launch the first Adopt a School program.


Student Training in Critical Skills

Partners: Helwan and Suez Canal Universities 
Location: Helwan and Suez 
Start Date: November 2012 


Following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on June 28, 2012, SCGC signed implementation agreements with Helwan and Suez Canal Universities to provide assistance and training for students to help them develop critical skills needed to raise their competitive edge in the job market after graduation, in addition to other support that will enhance the learning environment for both students and professors. This training included English language and soft skills, internship opportunities as well as financial assistance for tuition fees.


SCGC’s activities during Ramadan

Location: Helwan, Tourah, El Minya, Suez

In the spirit of the merciful month of Ramadan, SCGC ran different activities as part of its continuous commitment to giving back to local communities.  A daily ‘Maidat Rahman’ consisting of 300 seats was organized in the Tourah and Helwan Cement Social Club where people were provided with meals for iftar, allowing 9000 people to benefit during the month of Ramadan.


Implementing Agency: National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM)
Location: Kafr El Elw, Al Maasara (Cairo)                                             
Start Date: June 2007

  Kafr El Elw Cement School Before                 Kafr El Elw Cement School After

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) was established in 1988 as the highest national authority with policy making, planning, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation activities in the areas of child protection and development.
Under the auspices of the Governor of Cairo, H.E. Abdel Azim Mussa WazirSCGC and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), launched on the 18th of April, 2007 a comprehensive program designed to improve the standard of living conditions in the communities of Kafr El Elw and El Maasara area.  The project sought to help eradicate poverty by addressing community needs and providing access to quality infrastructure and services, especially in education.
The project further sought to address the environmental problems that affect the Southern Cairo communities. It sought to provide solutions to these problems by raising awareness on the importance of cleanliness for the environment and the public health in general. It also tackled other social issues such as illiteracy, unemployment and women’s and children’s rights. In cooperation with 19 local NGOs, religious leaders and schools, the project implementedawareness initiatives in the field of environment, health, education and children’s rights.


Implementing Agency: International Labour Organization ( ILO ) Ministry of Manpower and Migration
Start Date: May, 2007

In line with the ILO Convention on occupational safety and health and SCGC’s Zero Accidents Project, a campaign was launched to target workers, their families and communities with the aim of increasing awareness regarding improved health and safety at work. The campaign featured tv ad, billboards and a newsletter.  

Mr. Mohamed Said

Communication Manager

Heidelberg Materials - Suez Cement S.A.E K30 Maadi/Ein Sokhna Road
2691 Cairo