Towards sustainable growth

We are convinced that economic development, the well-being of our employees and environmental challenges are inextricably entwined. Discover the initiatives and commitments on which we are building solid, sustainable growth.

 

Improving our employees' health and safety

We intend to become the safest company in our sector. Safety audits are regularly conducted on our different sites. Specific safety measures have been taken to target the objective of zero fatal accidents and reduce lost-time accidents to the greatest extent possible.

As a Group we also participate in a number of public health programs aimed at employees and local communities. For example, the global partnership concluded with CARE, an NGO (non-governmental organization), has resulted in practical, community-based programs to fight Aids in sub-Saharan Africa. A Group which has global reach also has responsibilities at a local level.

 

Promoting diversity and inclusion

For Lafarge, inclusion means working together in a way in which all profiles and forms of diversity can express their unique value.

The Group's approach on diversity, adopted more than 20 years ago, has been gradually expanded and now covers different areas:

  • Gender: equal treatment for men and women within Lafarge.
  • Nationality: senior leadership teams mirroring the diverse cultures within the Group, which operates in more than 60 countries, particularly emerging ones.
  • Thinking styles: the launch of Extra Mile requires the adoption of bolder and more entrepreneurial practices and thinking styles, to expand our market. It is therefore necessary to welcome a broad variety of profiles and expertise!
  • Other diversity focus areas: as an international leader, Lafarge believes in the values of diversity, in areas such as sexual orientation, age, disability...
     

In recent years our teams have become more and more diverse, clearly visible at senior management level. The percentage of women in senior management increased from 13.5% in 2010 to 19.2% in 2014.

 

Preserving the environment and tackling global warming

Lafarge operations require the use of large quantities of nonrenewable raw materials. We strive to limit our CO2 emissions by:

  • improving industrial processes,
  • using alternative fuels and materials as part of an industrial ecology strategy,
  • promoting sustainable construction methods.
     

With our Sustainability Ambitions 2020, we renewed our commitments:

  • a 33% reduction of CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced by the end of 2020, compared with 1990 levels;
  • develop sustainable construction in cities, based on solutions that improve the energy efficiency of buildings all along their life cycle.
 

Acting locally to promote social and economic progress

Training courses, construction of affordable housing, emergency aid following natural disasters, participation in public health programs... We have established a number of partnerships around the world to support the economic and social development of local communities near our sites.