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OCT 2016

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54 • ROCK products • October 2016 regulatory agency, which has resulted in measurable safety and health benefits to cement industry employees," said PCA President and CEO James G. Toscas. "MSHA and the Portland Cement Association have culti- vated a strong, cooperative relationship since the beginning of our formal alliance in 2008," affirmed Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "Our joint goal has always been protecting worker safety and health, and I believe we are achieving that through open discussions about safety procedures, best practices, train- ing and outreach." Cementos Argos Tops Dow Jones Sustainability Index Cementos Argos was included in the Dow Jones Sustainabil- ity Index (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year, this time as an industry leader: Construction Materials, with results that support its leadership in social, environmental and economic issues. Each year about 2,500 global companies, listed on the stock exchange, belonging to about 59 economic sectors, are invited to participate. Through applied responsible practices, Argos has managed to stand out among a select group of companies with the best sustainability performance worldwide after attaining the highest rating in the industry. Argos obtained the best score among the following variables: biodiversity, opera- tional eco-efficiency, water-related risks, social reporting, labor practice indicators and human rights, tax strategy, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, human talent devel- opment, and talent attraction and retention. "The permanence in this index confirms our business model, in which we start with sustainability and innovation as pillars of the strategy to create value for our customers, shareholders, communities, employees, and other stakehold- ers," said Juan Esteban Calle, CEO of Cementos Argos. "We are convinced that working on sustainability is investing in the generation of development, opportunities and com- petitiveness in all countries where we operated, by means of solutions, services and products that help transform and improve the quality of life of millions of people." In addition to being included in the Global Index, Cementos Argos was recognized in Emerging Markets for the fourth consecutive year. Notably, the DJSI has been positioning itself as an increasingly relevant benchmark to the investment community, as companies belonging to it must possess busi- ness strategies based on sustainability. Among the recent actions taken by Argos and those which contribute to the environmental, social and economic criteria taken into account for the evaluation are: •  Alternative fuels. Through innovation, Argos built an efficient and inclusive energy model in which the use of alternative fuels is essential. By co-processing, the com- pany's three regions advanced in 2015 in replacing coal and other fossil fuels such as carbon by 6.1 percent for alternative fuels such as tires, plastics and other uncon- ventional products. •  I Promise program. Improvements in health and safety at work that aims to establish a culture of self-care in which health and safety conditions for all employees are pro- moted. This program has contributed significantly to the reduction of incidents, which has also been extended to other interest groups such as contractors, suppliers and in general, to the entire value chain. Currently, 100 percent of the incidents are investigated and action and monitoring plans are established. At the end of 2015, a 47.5 percent reduction in the global frequency index was achieved. •  Supplier management. Implementing a sustainability index for suppliers, developed in conjunction with the Mas- sachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to understand and learn the sustainability risk associated with them and develop action plans that will assist them in improving their management. Solidia Technologies Joins Effort to Develop Sustainable Alternative Cementitious Materials Scientists from Solidia Techologies joined other leaders in infrastructure materials research gathered at the U.S. Depart- ment of Transportation's (DOT) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center to discuss the need for sustainable alterna- tive cementitious materials in the face of America's mounting infrastructure issues. Solidia Technologies' Principal Scien- tist Sada Sahu, Ph.D., presented "Performance of Carbonated Concrete" during the third bi-annual Workshop on Emerging Developments Related to Alkali-Aggregate-Reaction (AAR) and the Use of Alternative Cementitious Materials (ACMs) in Highway Infrastructure. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates that $170 billion in capital investment would be needed on an annual basis to significantly improve highway infrastructure conditions and performance, therefore finding solutions that are more resilient and sustainable is a critical man- date of FHWA.

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