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Titan cement in Egypt - environmental & labour concerns

In October 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a report on alleged labour rights and environmental enfringements by Titan Cement in Egypt.  The study called into question the International Finance Corporation's funding for Titan's Egypt project, saying that it renders the IFC's social performance standards "meaningless".

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Titan Cement to respond - its response is below, as well as the EIPR report.

EIPR and three other Egyptian organizations filed a CAO complaint at the IFC over Titan's impacts in Alexandria in April 2015.

Note: Also see here for a previous article raising concerns about Titan in Egypt, and Titan's response (June 2014).

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Company response
29 May 2018

Titan Cement comments on the Dekheila Appellate Misdemeanor Court ruling

Author: Titan Cement Egypt

... Despite the significant investments and efforts to minimize any impact from the performance of our plant, there have been occasional complaints from residents and in certain few cases legal actions against APCC, for alleged environmental violations. In the specific case that you mention, 10 residents of Wadi Al-Qamar area, pressed charges against the Company in 2015, alleging that there were emissions beyond the premises of the plant which caused health problems to some of the complainants. Although the Environmental Inspection Committee of Egypt and the investigation process confirmed that the emissions beyond the plant were within the limits of the applicable laws, and no legal action was taken by the Egyptian State against our Company, eight of the complainants requested temporary compensation before the El Dekhiela Misdemeanor Court. The Misdemeanor Court has issued a ruling and has fined our Company for lack of sufficient precautionary measures to reduce emissions and for violation of the applicable laws. APCC’s first appeal has been rejected and the Company is in currently in the process of filing a second appeal before the Court of Cassation...

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Company response
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Author: شركة تيتان للأسمنت

تؤكد شركة تيتان مصر للأسمنت وقوع حادث مؤقت في مصنع أسمنت بورتلاند الإسكندرية في 18 مايو 2017، مما تسبب بانبعاث الغبار. وتم اكتشاف الحادثة والسيطرة عليها بشكل سريع جداً.

شركة تيتان مصر للأسمنت ملتزمة دائمًا بالإشراف البيئي وبتحقيق تحسّن مستمر. خلال العامين الماضيين، جرى تخصيص استثمارات كبيرة وتكاليف تشغيلية تزيد عن 310 مليون جنيه مصري في مصانعها في الإسكندرية وبني سويف، وذلك وفقاً لمعايير الاستدامة والمعايير البيئية الدولية والممارسات الفضلى المعتمدة في القطاع. وتسهم هذه الجهود المتواصلة بتقليل البصمة البيئية للمصانع بشكل مستمر.

Company response
19 June 2017

TITAN Cement Response

Author: TITAN Cement

TITAN Cement Egypt (TCE) confirms that due to a temporary incident at the Alexandria Portland Cement plant (APCC), on May 18, 2017, release of dust was caused. The incident was detected and brought under control very quickly. 

TCE has an enduring commitment to environmental stewardship and to continuous improvement. During the past two years, significant investments and operational costs of more than EGP 310m have been allocated by TCE in both Alexandria and Beni Suef operations, following international sustainability and environmental standards and industry best practice. This on-going effort is contributing to the continuous reduction of the environmental footprint of the plants.

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Company response
29 August 2016

TITAN Cement Egypt responds to Ombudsman's decision to launch compliance investigation into investment

Author: Titan Cement Egypt

[This is a response to] the decision of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) to launch a compliance investigation with respect to IFC's pre-investment review and supervision of its investment in Alexandria Portland Cement Company (APCC)…

TITAN Cement Egypt (TCE) has fully supported the CAO process in assessing the complaint received on the Alexandria Portland Cement Company (APCC), and APCC’s perspective has been expressed and documented in its official reply to the CAO, proving that it is operating in full compliance with the Egyptian legislation. It should be noted that APPC had undergone extensive due diligence prior to IFC’s financing decision and we have since been subjected to regular, thorough and constructive monitoring meetings with the IFC…

During the compliance investigation APCC is determined to continue working closely with IFC and all stakeholders in designing and implementing action plans and initiatives that will successfully address any potential issues and will allow CAO to close swiftly the investigation.

TITAN Cement Egypt' earlier response

TITAN Cement Egypt's 2014 Corporate Social Responsibilty and Sustainability Report

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Company response
14 June 2016

Titan Cement Egypt's Response

Author: Titan Cement Egypt

TITAN Cement Egypt continuously seeks improvement

TITAN Cement Group is an independent producer of cement and other construction materials, with over 110 years of industrial experience... Alexandria Portland Cement Plant (APCC) was established in 1948 in an industrial area; however, an unplanned residential area was created in the heart of an industrial area. Ministry of Environment confirmed that Wadi Al Kamar is originally an industrial zone [link]... 

It is worth mentioning that acknowledging the importance of our presence in Alexandria and Wadi el Kamar, we have assigned the implementation of an environmental and social impact assessment to an independent third party, along with requesting a permit for the use of coal and thus, we have launched an open and organized dialogue with local stakeholders in the area, that helps to improve mutual understanding and collaboration...In addition, Ministry of Environment formed a committee consisting of members of the Higher Institute of Health, experts from the University of Cairo and non-governmental organizations from Wadi Al Kamar to investigate if there is any direct relation between the plant’s operations and any health problems in Wadi el Kamar. The committee proved that all the recorded health cases are within the average range of the country, hence the plant has no extra impact on the health of people and therefore the plant got the license for continuing its operations.

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Company response
6 January 2015

Titan response to report by Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

Author: Titan Cement

...In respect to TITAN Cement operations in Alexandria the survey is referring to a history of dismissals and violations that have no relation to TITAN, as the period of time referred to is long before TITAN acquired the plant (fully acquired or in control of the plant).

Regarding the claim that TITAN has polluted the surrounding environment, there are numerous reports and data verified by independent third parties assuring that environmental performance of the Alexandria plant has significantly improved reaching the European and international standards under TITAN’s management, while significant investments have been implemented to meet this aim.

In respect to employment and labor standards, it should be mentioned that the level of employment has been stable at the plant since 2008 and the majority of employees are coming from the local environment...

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