CCC Executives receiving 2015 Gold Emirates Energy Award. Photo: CCC


CCC's Commitment to Sustainable Development

We recognize that CCCs long-term success is directly linked with the existence of a prosperous global society and a greener environment. Therefore, we are committed to understanding how our growth can better interact with the welfare and development of the communities, ecologies, and economies in which we operate. We aim to increasingly embed the principles of sustainable development into our business. We go about this by incorporating sustainability values into strategic planning, training, and stakeholder engagement as well as by intensifying the implementation of sustainability measures.

Sustainability reporting

Recognizing the corporate value and the increased public attention associated with sustainability disclosures, CCC has established procedures to monitor and disclose sustainability performance. We have been diligently tracking our sustainability impacts and contributions since 2012. At CCC, we place particular significance on assessing our environmental data, such as energy use, carbon emissions, water consumption, and waste production. Our system for grasping CCC’s sustainability-related data is grounded upon internationally recognized standards (Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact). Specifically for capturing carbon emissions, our approach also follows the greenhouse gas protocol standards for the Carbon Footprint Inventory.

CCC’s sustainability activities, measurements, and progress in achieving targets are published in our standardized sustainability reports. Following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the call for stronger engagement from corporations, we wanted to understand how CCC could push the sustainable development agenda forward. Guided by the SDG Compass (the tool developed by the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the GRI) our latest sustainability report reflects how CCC’s operations contribute to the achievement of the global goals. Our report was certified by the GRI for aligning content with the SDGs. CCC’s positive impacts are most prominently targeted toward the following SDGs:

• SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
• SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
• SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
• SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
• SDG 13 – Climate Action

Lusail Multipurpose Hall, Qatar. Photo: Qatar Handball 2015/CCC
Lusail Multipurpose Hall, Qatar. Photo: Qatar Handball 2015/CCC
Palestinian Museum, Palestine. Photo: CCC
Palestinian Museum, Palestine. Photo: CCC

Managing environmental impacts

CCC emphasizes environmental excellence as being an integral part of our construction operations. One of the ways to achieve this is by applying initiatives to mitigate our environmental impact and promote climate protection. Our projects, camps, and offices follow a meticulous sustainability strategy that is underpinned by detailed practices in the fields of energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and overall environmental responsibility. Some of our applied measures include: solar power plants, photovoltaic lighting systems, wastewater treatment plants, and recycling construction materials. 

We are honored by the external recognition our efforts have received. CCC has participated in many open international sustainability competitions and been awarded the following prestigious awards:

1. “IPLOCA Environmental Award 2016 on Portable Green Technologies” for reducing environmental impacts of pipeline construction projects.
2. “Sustainable Project of the Year” at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2016 for CCC’s LEED-certified new Corporate Head Office in Muscat.
3. “Gold Emirates Energy Award-EEA 2015” under the category “Energy Efficiency-Private Sector” from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy for the initiatives applied at construction sites.

Promoting sustainable construction

As a leading contactor, we are increasingly concentrating on the principles of sustainable construction. Our business strategy is to provide holistic solutions covering the entire lifecycle of infrastructure projects, promote human and environmental health, and drive resource-efficiency. CCC has established a strong track record in the execution of green building projects. Examples of projects already achieved or currently targeting a green building certification (such as LEED, ESTIDAMA, GSAS, or the Dubai Green Building Standard) are:

  • CCC’s Corporate Head Office in Oman 
  • Lusail Multipurpose Hall in Qatar 
  • Palestinian Museum in Palestine 
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport: Midfield Terminal Building in Abu Dhabi, UAE 
  • Opera Grand in Dubai, UAE 
  • City Centre Almaza in Egypt 

Raising corporate awareness

We are fostering a knowledge framework to promote greater sustainability understanding, drive behavior change among CCC employees, and provide them with valuable skills. For instance, we frequently organize webinars featuring market-leading experts who share with us their insights on sustainable solutions related to the construction industry. Other examples include: toolbox talks, sustainability induction videos, and posters (the latter emphasize the popular slogan of the Paris Climate Change Summit 2015 “There is no Planet B” and cover themes such as energy, water, and waste). 

Additionally, since 2008 CCC’s branch in Greece has been developing CSR-themed calendars to fuel awareness on emerging issues, encourage personal responsibility, and sometimes show CSR activities. Our calendar for 2017 was dedicated to sustainable development and extends a strong message: “Let’s transform our World.” It has been designed to raise awareness about the SDGs across CCC and offers practical tips and doable advice that we all can adopt into our daily routines to contribute toward achieving the SDGs.

Community investment

In all areas of operation, CCC’s CSR commitment manifests itself through programs of corporate citizenship, ensuring that business decisions are balanced between contributing to company growth and improving the quality of life for employees, their families, communities, and society at large. Committed to enhancing the quality of life for everyone in these communities, we engage with them to address issues such as education, health, and social development. We also understand civil society to be a partner of paramount importance and have formed mutually beneficial partnerships with NGOs that guide us and increase the impact of our initiatives.

About the Authors
Angelopoulou, Lila
Ntalachani, Dimitra
Consolidated Contractors Company

More than sixty years ago, the letters CCC represented a little more than the partnership of three ambitious young men in Aden. Today these initials embrace the ambitions and welfare of over 130,000 employed, composed of more than 80 nationalities, in almost every country of the Middle East, Africa, Europe (including Russia), CIS countries, the Caribbean, Australia and Papua New Guinea. The construction activities of CCC cover fields in:

  • Heavy Civil Construction: power plants, bridges and highway interchanges, harbor and docks, and civil work for process plants and the petrochemical industry.
  • Highways, roads and airports.
  • Water and Sewage treatment plants, pumping stations and all related networks.
  • Buildings and Civil Engineering Works: power and desalination plants, water treatment plants, dams, reservoirs and distribution systems, sewage treatment plants and collection networks, sports complexes.
  • Housing and high quality buildings including hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, and airports.
  • Roads, highways, bridges and flyovers, and airport runways.
  • Pipelines - Slurry, Oil & Gas, and Water: pipelines (earthworks and concrete works, pumping and booster stations, metering stations, launching and receiving stations, electrical/instrumentation works, cathodic protection, pipe lining, welding, testing and commissioning, maintenance).
  • Mechanical Engineering Works: LNGs, Petrochemical plants and refineries, oil loading and off-loading terminals, fabrication of platforms for off-shore facilities.
  • Heavy and Light Industrial Plants
  • Marine Works: marine docks, harbours, deep sea berths and refinery terminals.
  • Offshore Installations: jackets, platforms, manifolds
  • Maintenance of Mechanical Installations and Underwater Structures: oil refineries, petrochemical plants, offshore structures and underwater works.
  • Pipelines for water, gas, oil and slurry.
  • High Quality Buildings and Green Designs.

Source: CCC

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