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On a global level, the Group relies on major NGOs recognized worldwide for their expertise in environment preservation and health.

WWF International

After working together for 13 years, we have agreed with WWF International to end our partnership.

Pioneering at the time of launch in 2000, renewed in 2005 and in 2009, it focused on 5 key areas of action related to environmental issues:

  • Climate change;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Water management;
  • Persistent pollutants;
  • Sustainable construction.  

 

Over these past 13 years, we have accomplished significant progress on all these topics:

  • CO2: we achieved ahead of time our target to reduce our emissions by 20% per ton of cement between 1990 and 2010;
  • Biodiversity: 100% of our sites in internationally sensitive areas have implemented site Biodiversity Management Plans;
  • Water: 100% of our cement and aggregates sites have been assessed for water risk, using WWF's Water Risk Filter, in order to develop appropriate action plans;
  • Biomass: we have developed a sustainable strategy supporting our ambitious target of 15% biomass content in our energy mix by 2020;
  • Persistant pollutants: by the end of 2010, we had measured, for the first time, the emissions from 100% of our kilns and developed reduction programs;
  • Sustainable construction: we have developed a scorecard to assess energy/thermal performance of construction projects;
  • There has also been work with other cement companies through the Cement Sustainability Initiative to raise sector standards in biodiversity and persistent pollutants, for instance.

 

Building on this expertise, we remain fully committed to a renewable future. We will continue to reduce our environmental footprint while creating value for all our stakeholders through our Sustainability Ambitions 2020 and in line with our strategy to contribute to building better cities.

Projects on the field

Canada, Austria, Kenya, Philippines, USA, etc. During our 13-years partnership, we have conducted numerous local initiatives with WWF, including:

  • Quarry rehabilitation,
  • Biodiversity preservation programs on our sites,
  • Supply circuits for biomass renewable fuels,
  • Improved water management of our facilities.

CARE

Since 2003 and the 1st partnership, Lafarge has worked alongside CARE in the fight against HIV/Aids by implementing prevention, screening and treatment programs.
A Health Committee for the African region has also been set up to establish indicators, coordinate actions and share best practices. The Committee is made up of a health coordinator from each subsidiary, a Group representative, a CARE representative and a medical adviser.

With the renewal of the partnership in 2009, Lafarge and CARE have chosen to work together on 3 programs:

  • Health: spreading the methodology of combating Aids and malaria to other countries.
  • Method: developing a tool for assessing the social and economic impact on local communities of the actions implemented by the Group in emerging countries.
  • Housing: launching a program aiming to enable the poor in emerging countries to have access to higher-quality housing.
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More about CARE

A humanitarian NGO
Present in 70 countries, CARE is one of the most important international humanitarian NGOs. Persuaded that the private sector "can also be part of the solution", CARE offers its expertise to companies working in the Southern countries to work together in targeting all of poverty's causes to aid the most vulnerable: emergency and development, microfinance, education, combating Aids, economic development...

Last update on 06/03/2014

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