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Lafarge’s participation in the 2014 UN Climate Summit & Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

September 2014 is a busy month for sustainable development, with a number of major international events dedicated to the topic. In line with our long-standing commitment and our Sustainability Ambitions 2020, we were involved in two of these events. Our Chairman & CEO Bruno Lafont took part in the 2014 UN Climate Summit and the Group announced its Commitment to Action at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to achieve 10,000 microfinance housing projects per year by the end of 2015.

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI): our commitment for 10,000 microfinance projects by the end of 2015

On the 23rd of September Eric Olsen, Executive Vice-President Operations, represented our Group at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which Lafarge recently joined. On this occasion, Eric Olsen announced a strong commitment: by the end of 2015, we aim to reach a run rate of 10,000 microfinance housing projects per year, positively affecting the lives of 80,000 people.
Over the past two years, we have developed a unique portfolio of affordable housing solutions in different regions of the world, including microfinance for affordable housing, slum renovation, earth-cement solutions and social housing. Through this commitment as a member of the CGI, we are significantly scaling up our efforts and taking a first step towards achieving our Sustainability Ambition 2020 to enable 2 million people to have access to affordable, sustainable housing.
To react to our commitment and follow our progress towards achieving this, check out our Group Twitter account @LafargeGroup, with the special hashtag #Lafarge10khomes.

What is the Clinton Global Initiative?

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)-an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation-convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $103 billion.

2014 UN Climate Summit: Bruno Lafont takes part in the international debate on climate change

Lafarge takes part in the international debate on climate change. Our Chairman & CEO Bruno Lafont participated in a round table discussion at the Private Sector Forum, organized as part of the 2014 UN Climate Summit hosted by Ban Ki-Moon.
This Summit was a first step before the crucial COP21 summit that will take place in Paris in December 2015 to negotiate a new international climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.  It was the first time that the UN convened an event directly involving business leaders from major international corporations together with political leaders!
We have been working for many years to address the issue of climate change and, as part of our Sustainability Ambitions 2020, we have set an aggressive target to reduce our net CO2 emissions per ton of cement by 33% in 2020 compared to 1990 levels. We are well on the way to achieving this target, recording a 26% reduction in emissions per ton of cement at the end of 2013, compared to 1990.

 

What is COP21?

The 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change 2015, or COP21 gathering all UN Member States will be held in Paris, France, in December 2015. Its objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change mitigation actions, from all the nations of the world, replacing the current Kyoto Protocol and with an entry into force planned for 2020.

A long-standing commitment to Sustainability

We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability, going back to the Group's first Principles of Action in 1977. Today, this commitment is best embodied by:

  • Our Group Sustainability Ambitions 2020 and multiple sustainability initiatives across our operations;
  • Bruno Lafont's membership of the Executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD: 250 of the Fortune 500 companies leading the sustainable development agenda within the global business community);
  • Our involvement in the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (1/3 of the global cement market's joint efforts to reduce their environmental footprint);
  • Our Group's Lead status in the United Nations Global Compact (Top 50 global companies engaged for sustainable and ethical business).
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