Our Partnerships

We have a long tradition of working in partnership with NGOs, associations and governmental bodies, at both Group and local levels. Such partnerships allow us to develop projects in sustainability areas outside our core business such as health, affordable housing, nature conservation or education, providing us with relevant expertise, an external viewpoint and giving more credibility to our approach.


Our local partnerships

Zambia, Twitti Community School in Chilanga

Wildlife Habitat Council, Habitat 4 Humanity, Room to Read ... These are just some examples of associations and NGOs with whom we are working locally on a range of sustainability issues. We encourage our country units to sign partnerships with local NGOs and associations to work with them on topics such as affordable housing, education, nature conservation, health or local job creation. It is indeed at grassroots level that many of our projects prove to be the most effective.

For example, Lafarge Zambia, together with the Ministry of Education and the association Room to Read, has contributed to the building and equipping of over 60 libraries since 2008, benefiting over 210,000 children.

North America, Alpena plant, Michigan, United States

In North America, we work closely with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) at a number of our industrial sites, as part of our ongoing program to protect and promote biodiversity. For example, we have worked with WHC to develop a pollinator garden at our Alpena, USA cement plant. This has enhanced the habitat for pollinator and other species in the city's industrial corridor, improved neighborhood esthetics and helped to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators among plant employees and the local community.


Our Group partnerships

At Group level, our partnerships focus on contributing to more sustainable cities and facilitating access to housing, in line with our commitment to contribute to Building Better Cities.

We are working with UN Habitat on a number of initiatives to promote more sustainable cities, in particular the World Urban Campaign, of which we are a main sponsor. In 2012 we presented our microfinance program for affordable housing at UN Habitat's World Urban Forum in Naples. In 2014, we organized a Housing Microfinance Academy in Nairobi in partnership with IFC (see below) and with the support of UN Habitat, to accompany the deployment of our microfinance program across Sub-Saharan Africa.


We concluded a partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD) in early 2013 in order to promote microfinance for housing in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as in the Mediterranean Basin. The objective: contribute to offering more housing units in cities by providing poor families with the financing to build or improve their homes.
The French Development Agency (AFD) is a public development finance institution that has been working to fight poverty and foster economic growth in developing countries and the French Overseas Provinces.


We launched a partnership in 2014 with IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group, to develop joint programs to respond to the increasing demand for better access to housing globally. IFC and Lafarge will collaborate on advisory programs to improve the availability of construction materials so that housing can be provided at a lower cost and in compliance with quality standards. The partnership will also aim to improve access to credit for households to finance the necessary construction work.