Our Priorities


Lafarge has set ambitious sustainable development objectives. The Group has committed itself to new objectives with clear deadlines and targets so all stakeholders can monitor developments in its performance.

With the Sustainability Ambitions 2012 plan, Lafarge is putting people and the environment at the heart of its concerns.

Climate change

The Group has fulfilled its objective of a 20% reduction in net CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced worldwide, one year ahead of schedule. This target is part of our Sustainability Ambitions 2012 program and a key objective in our partnership with WWF.
Our 2nd key climate change objective (to reduce by 10% our absolute level of CO2 emissions in industrialized countries over 1990 levels) was achieved at the end of 2008, 2 years ahead of schedule, thanks to our industrial performance and within the context of the economic downturn, which has significantly impacted our production volumes. In 2009, we began the process of building on these achievements through the detailed planning of new Sustainability Ambitions relating to climate change.

Health and safety

Health and safety are absolute priorities for the Group. For this reason, a stringent safety policy has been put into place to promote a culture of safety that will place it among the best companies worldwide in this field. The Group also participates in a number of public health programs.

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Sustainable construction

Lafarge contributes to designing innovative, lasting construction solutions, to efficiently reduce the impact of buildings on the environment. To do so, the Group works closely with different partners: architects, cement producers, international companies, researchers, etc.

Climate change

The term "climate change" refers to meteorological and temperature modifications observed over the course of the last century. It is attributed to an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, in the atmosphere. These gases trap solar energy in the atmosphere, warming the land and the oceans.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 90% of the increase in the concentration of these gases is due to human activities and only 10% is due to natural causes.

Acting locally

With sites in 78 countries around the world, Lafarge wants its presence and operations to have a positive impact on local communities. The Group makes constant, sincere efforts to act responsibly, maintain good relations with its neighbors and promote positive environmental, economic and social actions. Its goal is to contribute to improving the quality of life of local populations.