Vision & Strategy

For Lafarge, the ambition of contributing to building better cities entails not only improving the quality of life of city-dwellers but also creating value for all our stakeholders: our employees, shareholders, customers, governments and communities situated in the vicinity of our sites.


A long-standing commitment to sustainable development

For Lafarge, sustainable development is a long-standing commitment, which dates back to the Group's first Principles of Action in 1977. We are convinced that our growth and competitiveness are inextricably linked to the quality of living conditions in the places where we operate and that there can be no sustainable economic development without the preservation of nature.


Sustainability Ambitions 2020: our roadmap to make a net positive contribution to society and nature

Our Sustainability Ambitions 2020 is a comprehensive and far-reaching program, covering all dimensions of sustainable development - social, economic and environmental - and considering them as a whole.

Focusing on key issues for our Group, as well as our stakeholders' expectations, we have identified ambitious, quantified targets for priority action in our Materiality Matrix.

With our Sustainability Ambitions we aim to make a net positive contribution to society and to nature, minimizing our environmental footprint while maximizing the value created for all our stakeholders.


Our Sustainability Ambitions 2020 brochure (pdf, 1.51 MB)


The Lafarge Sustainability Compass: further integrating sustainable development into our strategy

To help our countries leverage sustainable development to further their business strategy, we have developed a unique methodology called the Lafarge Sustainability Compass

This methodology allows our countries to :

  • First, assess their maturity level in ten areas: water, biodiversity, health & safety, employment, climate change & energy, basic needs, waste & materials, clean environment, human capital, and ethics & governance.
  • Then, identify the key issues for their business and their stakeholders
  • Finally, develop action plans in their priority areas, after consolidating all this information.

This methodology, launched in 2014, enables countries to act on local sustainability imperatives, combining growth in their business with ambitious targets for sustainability.