Diversity & Inclusion: A new Group policy for a heritage value

At Lafarge, we believe that being able to harness the value of different ideas and perspectives optimizes team performance and the work environment, both key to our pursuit of excellence. To develop a common understanding of what Diversity & Inclusion means, and reinforce the consistency of the international deployment of our approach, we have just released a new Group Policy. Discover its guiding principles here!

02.13.2015
 

The diversity of our business environment is reflected in our workplaces, customers, communities and stakeholders, as well as the cities we contribute to building. We acknowledge and respect all the differences that make each person unique and we aspire to create a work environment where our employees feel they belong and can contribute to our business performance.

As the new Group policy states: "Diversity & Inclusion create the conditions for our success as a company, by giving us access to a broader set of talent and skills, positioning us as an Employer of Choice, and helping us strengthen our links with our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate."

 

Read the Group Diversity & Inclusion Policy (pdf, 478.96 KB)

 

Integrating Diversity & Inclusion into the way we work

We continuously strive to fully embed Diversity & Inclusion principles throughout our corporate systems, processes, and leadership behaviors, and we know we still have plenty to do. However, some of our efforts thus far have been visibly recognized.

At the end of 2014, the Group was accredited with the Gender Equality European and International Standard (GEEIS) after an external audit conducted by Bureau Veritas. The certification is valid for two years and recognizes the progress made by our company in deploying our gender equality programs at international level.

The Group was recognized for its capacity to stimulate and lead a program both centrally and through four of its sites:

  • the Head Office,
  • Brazil,
  • Nigeria
  • and Spain.

 
Lafarge Brazil, Nigeria and Spain were in turn recognized for their initiatives in promoting gender balance in the organization. In a meeting held at the French National Assembly in November 2014, they were invited to share their practices with other companies:

  • Lafarge Nigeria: providing childcare support within or near the company sites;
  • Lafarge Brazil: increasing the number of women in manager roles from 14% to 21% in the last five years, through training and development programs; 
  • Lafarge Spain: improving the current representation of 25% women in manager jobs by specifically focusing on the industrial population. As a result, the country has recently hired a gender-balanced team of young engineers and appointed a female cement plant manager.