Holcim India and Its Two Operating Companies - Ambuja Cements and ACC Launch Their First Sustainability Campaign ChangeTheStory Reinforcing Their Commitment to Build a Green Future

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• Ambuja and ACC, the two major cement brands of the country have come together to launch Holcim India’s first sustainability campaign ‘Change the Story’ focused on building a better world for people and the planet

• The first leg of this Joint campaign emphasizes a sense of urgency and hope to build cleaner rivers/oceans in India through revolutionary bubble barrier technology implemented by their in-house waste management arm - Geocycle

• The Campaign uses a mix of both humour and impactful pieces of communication to bring out the challenges and the eco-friendly solutions.

Holcim India and its two leading cement companies--Ambuja Cements and ACC have launched their first corporate campaign #ChangeTheStory that highlights the plastic removal efforts of the cement majors in the country. The first joint integrated Sustainability campaign of Holcim India is about its efforts to clean the river Yamuna through the non-invasive technology called Bubble Barrier. Both companies have deployed a non-invasive Bubble Barrier technology for the removal of around 2,400 tonnes of plastic waste from Agra’s Mantola canal before they enter into Yamuna River. This river cleaning initiative is being taken care of by Geocycle, the in-house waste management arm of Ambuja Cements and ACC.

Mr Neeraj Akhoury, CEO, India, Holcim and MD & CEO Ambuja Cements, said, “This campaign of Holcim India aims to write a new story strengthened by hope, optimism and action. Ambuja Cements and ACC are committed to co-authoring the story of a new India that sees sustainability as an integral part of our success in the country. #ChangeTheStory campaign is a vital step to amplify solutions for a better tomorrow.”

The #ChangeTheStory campaign expects to elevate the narrative around sustainability challenges with a sense of urgency by showcasing technology-backed solutions that offer effective and measurable outcomes. This campaign aims to rewrite the problems of the present and create solutions that will benefit the future of society.

“It's time to write a new story for the challenges that we face today. We are excited to create impactful change for the environment and society through our sustainability initiatives. We are working with the ecosystem to create a better and brighter future,” said Mr Sridhar Balakrishnan, MD & CEO, ACC.

This integrated campaign comprises films, press and digital campaigns to talk about the first sustainability initiative - revolutionary bubble barrier technology that removes plastic waste in rivers. The campaign will be rolled out across the platforms, including print and digital. Through a video film, the campaign drives a message through the lens of a scientist that it is time to change the story by taking out the plastic and freeing our rivers from the polluted past. It uses a mix of both humour and impactful pieces of communication to bring out the challenges and the eco-friendly solutions. One of the lead films has the bubble itself brought to life to explain its role and methods, through song and wit. ‘Change the Story’ is set to expand its scope to include more stories of impactful change for the environment and society. Because yesterday’s story doesn’t have to be today’s.

Driving awareness across digital channels, ACC and Ambuja will be introducing their first-ever rap song across their owned platforms featuring the campaign mnemonic ‘Bubble Sharma’. ACC and Ambuja have leveraged the power of music through rap’s foot tapping beats and original purpose-driven lyrics, to showcase how the company is pushing out plastic from the rivers using bubble barrier technology. The campaign will be followed by a bouquet of informative posts and videos on social media. ACC and Ambuja would also be collaborating with a bunch of micro and Nano influencers to drive further engagement around the bubble barrier technology. Holcim India will be further launching its other sustainability led initiatives in the upcoming quarters. This call to action initiative will act as a catalyst for encouraging people to be agents of change to transform today into a sustainable tomorrow by pledging on the microsite and sharing their own change the story moment.

#ChangeTheStory has been conceptualized with the expertise of Alok Nanda and Company, India’s leading brand consultancy firm.

Alok Nanda, the founder of ANC, the agency that crafted the campaign, said, “The campaign shines a light on the noteworthy initiatives taken up by Ambuja and ACC for a sustainable future. ‘Change The Story is a platform that seeks to inspire others in creating positive, impactful change. It was a delight working on communication that was equally entertaining and informative.”

The ‘call to action campaign ‘Change the story’ has been launched today through leading print publication followed by a digital AV and other elements launched across India. The campaign will see the two major cement companies (ACC and Ambuja Cements) join hands for the first time to address some of the most pressing challenges around sustainability faced by the planet.

This campaign will act as a catalyst for encouraging people to be agents of change to transform today into a sustainable tomorrow. The campaign urges the audience to embrace sustainable practices by encouraging them to take a pledge on https://www.changethestory.co.in/

Enclosed is the campaign advertisements.
Video: https://youtu.be/VyYfJe0TkYE
Microsite: https://www.changethestory.co.in/

About Holcim

As the world’s global leader in building solutions, Holcim is reinventing how the world builds to make it greener and smarter for all. On its way to becoming a net-zero company, Holcim offers global solutions such as ECOPact, enabling carbon-neutral construction. With its circular business model, the company is a global leader in recycling waste as a source of energy and raw materials through products like Susteno, its leading circular cement. Innovation and digitalization are at the core of the company’s strategy, with more than half of its R&D projects dedicated to greener solutions. Holcim’s 70,000 employees are committed to improving quality of life across more than 70 markets through its four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

About Ambuja Cement

Ambuja Cements Ltd., a part of the global conglomerate Holcim, is among the leading cement companies in India. Ambuja Cement has a cement capacity of 31 million tonnes with six integrated cement manufacturing plants and eight cement grinding units across the country. Ambuja Cement has provided hassle-free, home-building solutions with its uniquely sustainable development projects and environment-friendly practices since it started operations. The Company has many firsts to its credit – a captive port with four terminals that has facilitated timely, cost-effective, cleaner shipments of bulk cement to its customers. To further add value to customers, the Company has launched innovative products like Ambuja Plus, Ambuja Cool Walls, AmbujaCompocem and AmbujaKawach under the umbrella of Ambuja Certified Technology. These products not only fulfil important customer needs but also help in significantly reducing carbon footprints. For more details, visit http://www.ambujacement.com

For queries, please write to corporate.communications@ambujacement.com

About ACC

ACC Limited, a member of the Holcim Group, is one of India’s leading producers of cement and ready-mix concrete. It has over 6,400 employees, 17 cement manufacturing sites, 80 concrete plants and a nationwide network of over 50,000 channel partners to serve its customers. With a world-class R&D centre in Mumbai, the quality of ACC’s products and services, as well as its commitment to technological development, make it a preferred brand in building materials. Established in 1936, ACC is counted among the country’s 'Most Sustainable Companies' and is recognised for its best practices in environmental management and corporate citizenship. With sustainability at the core of its strategy, ACC is the first Indian Cement Company to sign the Net Zero Pledge with Science-Based Targets.


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