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.


Fighting climate change

We have fulfilled our 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 but in 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.


Technological department at the Central Research lab, Extens

Technological department at the Central Research lab, Extensia building site, L'Isle d'Abeau, France

Industrial ecology

Industrial ecology is a new way of integrating environmental factors (such as energy resources and natural raw materials) into business strategies. Inspired by the cycles of production, destruction and recycling in natural ecosystems, this approach uses waste from one industrial process as raw material or fuel for another.


Health and safety

Safety is a top priority for Lafarge South Africa as it is for Lafarge worldwide. A stringent safety policy is in place to promote a culture of safety and establish Lafarge as one of the world's leading companies in this domain.

Sustainable development

The World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".


Sustainable development aims to reconcile 3 major stakes:

  • economic performance,

  • the social consequences of a company's actions (with respect to employees, suppliers, customers and the local community),

  • environmental aspects (achieving a balance between a company's activities and the preservation of ecosystems).


Sustainable construction

Lafarge will continue to contribute to designing innovative, lasting construction solutions - from alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy and optimization of thermal inertia - to efficiently reduce the impact of buildings on the environment.

Sustainable construction

Sustainable construction aims to limit the impact of buildings on the environment while enhancing their quality in terms of aesthetics, sustainability, durability and strength. Sustainable construction techniques apply across the entire lifecycle of a building, from the selection of initial materials to demolition and recycling.


Sustainable construction signifies in particular:

  • the use of recyclable materials to conserve natural resources,

  • the integration of renewable energy sources into a building's design,

  • the optimization of renewable energy sources.


Acting locally

With sites in 78 countries worldwide, Lafarge wants its presence and operations to have a positive impact on local communities. Lafarge makes constant, sincere efforts to act responsibly, maintain good relations with its neighbors and promote positive environmental, economic and social actions and results.