The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) has developed these guidelines to guide the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) – replacing the previous guidelines published in 2005. The document’s main objective is to guide users through the successive stages of the ESIA process in accordance with international good practice. It offers a practical guide for both large and small-scale projects, intended for use by ESIA practitioners and project decision-makers.
The guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort by members of the CSI Secretariat and executives from member companies participating in the initiative. Cement and aggregates industry operators are encouraged to use the guidance to inform the development of an ESIA – as part of the process required to secure governmental permissions for the implementation of new investments and expansions to existing operations globally.