External Advisory Panel
Our efforts benefit considerably from the knowledge, perspective, criticism, and advice of experienced professionals who work in various fields related to sustainability. For this reason, in 2008 we assembled a group of independent sustainability experts to advise us on our efforts. CEMEX’s Sustainable Development Reporting Advisory Panel provides feedback on our sustainability reporting and encourages us to continue improving it.
We thank the panel members for their time and efforts and look forward to more productive—and challenging—discussions with them throughout the year.
Irma Adriana Gómez Cavazos
- PhD in Applied Economics and Master's Degree in Economics, Texas A&M University
- Former Chief of Staff of the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs
- Former Member of the Board at PEMEX, Bancomext, and Conacyt
- Former Undersecretary of Economic Relations and International Cooperation, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Former Director of Analysis, International Information Development Vice-presidency at CEMEX
- Former Director of Corporate Affairs for CEMEX in the Americas
- Former Dean of EGADE Business School in Mexico City where she created the Centre for Sustainability and Business
- Former Undersecretary for Management, Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
- Former Undersecretary for Management, Mexican Ministry of Public Education
Ms. Gómez Cavazos is an expert in environmental economics with broad experience in Foreign Affairs. She has authored numerous articles for periodicals, including The Review of Economics and Statistics, Empirical Economics, and Natural Resource Modeling.
Margareth G. Flórez
- Architect and Urbanist, Federal University, Brazil
- Specialist and Master in Planning and Development, Universidad de los Andes - CIDER, Colombia
- Adviser in the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia, in the National Rehabilitation Plan - PNR
- Adviser in the Presidency of the Republic in the Presidential Counseling for Medellin and its Metropolitan Area.
- Head of the Local and Community Management Area and Deputy Director of Programs of the Corona Foundation.
- Director of the Transparency for Colombia, National Chapter of Transparency International.
- Executive Director of RedEAmérica (present)
Mrs. Flórez has over 30 years of experience in promoting programs and public policies linked to the sustainable development of communities and the strengthening of public institutions. Her work has involved to public, private and civil sector organizations. She has participated in various boards of non-profit civil institutions at national and international level.
Ramón Perez Gil Salcido
- Wildlife Biologist and Zoologist, Mexico’s National University; MA in Natural Resources, University of Michigan, USA ; Jersey Preservation Trust, Isle of Jersey UK
- LEAD Fellow, LEAD-COLMEX (Leadership on Environment and Development)
- Founding director of CESPEDES , Mexico’s Private Sector’s (Research) Centre for Sustainable Development from the Business Coordinating Council (CCE)
- Founding director of the Water Programme of the Gonzalo Rio Arronte Foundation
- Former head of Mexico’s Wildlife Service (“Flora and Fauna” Directorate) at a National level under the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology.
- Former Global Counselor, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- Member of the board of several non-governmental organizations and technical commissions
Mr. Perez Gil is a biologist with over 35 years of experience on the fields of Mammalogy, Use and Conservation of Wildlife, Economic Importance of Wildlife, Protected Areas (design, establishment, operation, performance, financing, monitoring, and evaluation), Sustainable use of natural resources (wildlife and water in particular), Watershed management and conservation and sustainability monitoring and sustainable development at large.
- PhD Architect, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
- Founding Director of Pich-Aguilera Architects
- President of GBCe, Spanish Chapter of the World Green Building Council
- Founding Member of the Superior School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia ESARQ/UIC and “AuS” (Architecture and Sustainability) group at the Catalonia Association of Architects
- Professor of Architecture and Sustainability and Director of Environmental and Industrialization Investigation at Superior School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia ESARQ/UIC
Mr. Pich-Aguilera has been instrumental in promoting social and environmental responsibility in the architecture sector in Spain and abroad.
- BA, Economics, Bates Colleague, USA; MA, International Affairs and Governance and MA, Banking and Finance, both at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
- Founder and Head of think tanks Redesigning Financial Services and Innovation for Sustainability
- Director at Julius Bär Bank for more than 3 years, leading the cross-asset Strategy in the Investment Office
- Worked at Credit Suisse for 7 years heading positions in the Global Investment Products and Strategy Committee Office and in Global Research, where he was responsible for the EMEA equity strategy and thematic investment, including the sustainable investment strategy
- Lectures at the University of St. Gallen, teaching finance courses on equity valuation, performance measurement, investing, and the Executive MBA course "Innovating for Sustainability”
Mr. Ruttmann has deep knowledge of the interaction between financial and sustainability performances, at large and also extensive experience in the banking industry, as an equity analyst, strategist, and as a driver of the banks sustainable and impact investing offering.
- Senior Advisor on Business and Biodiversity with BirdLife International.
- Although originally trained as an ecologist Martin has worked for the last 40 years in conservation
- Initially working on traditional conservation approaches Martin has championed bringing together businesses and conservation organizations to work on the shared area of “sustainability”
- Martin has continued to work on the interface between business and nature with NGOs, businesses, governments and international agencies in the areas of extractives, energy, agriculture and tropical commodities
Terms of Reference
CEMEX wants to receive frank and informed opinions on the management of our sustainability issues, such as the quality of our Sustainable Development Report, Strategy, Performance and Accountability. We have invited a group of sustainability experts to sit on an independent panel providing counsel on these issues.
The Advisory Panel
Panel members represent the company's key stakeholder groups and the regions where we operate.
Members are asked to be on the panel for two years so that they will have time to gain a deeper understanding of CEMEX and be able to comment on our progress. The term may be extended if a panelist agrees to a request to continue.
Panelists offer views in their personal capacity. All discussions between the panelists and CEMEX senior executives are treated in confidence with the panel issuing an agreed joint statement annually for unedited publication in relation to the CEMEX Sustainable Development Report.
It is expected that the Panel will meet collectively with senior CEMEX executives either in person or by teleconference at least once a year. Panelists may be consulted independently on those topics where they have specialist knowledge.
CEMEX is interested in the opinions of the Panel and would prefer a consensus approach, but individual opinions are valuable and all panel members are encouraged to offer their own views where these diverge from the consensus.
CEMEX provides a facilitator to support the process and help the Panel organize meetings, form consensus and prepare minutes.
In the spirit of improving the process, members may be consulted by a facilitator or CEMEX to give their views regarding the performance of the Panel.