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Lafarge presents new sustainable development ambitions


June 15, 2012
By From media release

June 15,
2012, New York, NY – Lafarge has entered a new phase in its sustainability
commitment with the launch today of Sustainability Ambitions 2020. The 34 new
sustainability ambitions are organized around the three main pillars of
sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and they are
coupled with demanding quantitative targets.

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June 15,
2012, New York, NY – Lafarge has entered a new phase in its sustainability
commitment with the launch today of Sustainability Ambitions 2020. The 34 new
sustainability ambitions are organized around the three main pillars of
sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and they are
coupled with demanding quantitative targets.

 


"Sustainability Ambitions 2020 is
the continuation of our 2007-12 program, at the end of which we had achieved
our key commitment of reducing net CO2 emissions per ton of cement
produced by 20%,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont.

I firmly believe that a green economy
cannot happen without a green industry, and there is no sustainability without
a responsible industry, aware of its social contribution and steering its own
change.
With this program,
which comprises 34 new ambitions, we are looking to create value for all of our
stakeholders – shareholders, customers, employees and local communities in the
vicinity of our production plants.
These ambitions define our commitments for the future and our
contribution to a sustainable society
."

Lafarge's 34 ambitions include nine major ambitions to be achieved by 2020:

1.      Reduce
by 33% our CO2 emissions per ton of cement compared to 1990 levels

2.      Use
50% of non-fossil fuels in our cement plants by 2020 (including 30% biomass)

3.      Have
20% of our concrete containing reused and recycled materials

4.      Reach
zero fatalities and virtually eliminate lost-time incidents for our employees
and contractors

5.      Have
35% of senior management positions held by women

6.      Contribute
1 million volunteer hours per year to locally selected projects

7.      Have
75% of our country operations implementing a plan for local job creation

8.      Enable
access to affordable and sustainable housing for 2 million people

9.      Generate
sales of €3 billion a year in new sustainable solutions, products and services

These ambitions are the result of an extensive collaborative approach. Over 18 months, Lafarge has involved
employees and managers of operating units, the panel of stakeholders, major
partners such as WWF and CARE and our International Advisory Board, asking them
both what they expected of their company and what contribution Lafarge could
make to society.

Sustainable development: a
long-standing and lasting commitment

For many years, Lafarge has been working to set an example of leadership in
business sustainability in terms of protecting the environment, social
responsibility and corporate governance.


In 2000, Lafarge was the first manufacturer in the construction materials
sector to publicly set targets for reducing CO2 emissions. In 2001,
it was one of the first CAC 40 companies to publish a comprehensive report on
its sustainable development efforts and to form fundamental partnerships with organizations
like WWF and CARE. Since 2007, the Group has implemented a Sustainability
Ambitions program that sets out its priorities and measurable commitments.