Group performances

We use standards and rating systems set up to evaluate companies' economic, environmental and social responsibility to assess our sustainable development performances. We are also regularly awarded for our actions towards sustainable development and for our transparency.

 

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was created in 1997 for measuring the economic, environmental and social performance of companies. The GRI is working closely with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to develop an international standard for sustainable development.

The 2014 Report was developed in compliance with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines G4 (Comprehensive ‘In accordance’ option).

 

Extra-financial performances

Every year, extra-financial rating agencies compare Lafarge's sustainable development performance to that of other players in the sector and SRI rating indices. There is a general improvement in the response of major corporates to CSR and sustainability issues. This reinforces our determination to use the indices as a way of driving improvement in our own performance.

  • Evaluation by RobecoSAM (Sustainability Asset Management analysts for the DJSI): in 2014 Lafarge scored particularly high in water-related risks, stakeholder engagement and risk & crisis management.
  • Evaluation by Vigeo (Lafarge owns 0.74% of its equity): Vigeo rates Lafarge overall CSR performance as above the sector average. The areas of strongest performance are environmental strategy, management of atmospheric emissions and human resources. One of the weakest areas is corporate governance.
  • ​Evaluation by FTSE4Good: since 2003, Lafarge has been a member of the FTSE4Good Index that gathers companies whose environmental and social risks are integrated to their policies and management systems.
  • In 2014 Lafarge’s Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) score for climate change is 84/100 for disclosure and B for performance. Lafarge participated in the CDP Water pilot in 2014.
 

International norms, standards and labels 

  • The ISO 14001 standard: since 1996, this standard has been used to certify environmental practices and Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Lafarge is implementing an EMS at its sites and, where appropriate, ISO 14001 certification of its sites.
  • GEES/GEIS Label (Gender Equality European/ International Standard): In 2014 we were awarded the certification recognizing our gender equality actions at European and International level. Created with the help of Bureau Veritas - the world leader in certifi cation – and launched by the Arborus endowment fund in 2010, the GEES/GEIS label aims at furthering professional equality. Audits by Bureau Veritas were carried out at Group level, highlighting our ability to stimulate and pilot a policy on an international scale. Four of our sites were also assessed: Lafarge Head Office, Spain as well as emerging countries Brazil and Nigeria. These four sites were recognized for their local initiatives and commitment to professional gender equality.