Lafarge has entered a new phase in its sustainability commitment with the launch of Sustainability Ambitions 2020.
The 34 new sustainability ambitions are organised around the three main pillars of sustainable development - social, economic and environmental and they are coupled with demanding quantitative targets.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont comments: "Sustainability Ambitions 2020 is the continuation of our 2007-12 programme, at the end of which we had achieved our key commitment of reducing net CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced by 20%. 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 programme, 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 its concrete containing reused and recycled materials?
4. reach zero fatalities and virtually eliminate lost-time incidents for our employees and contractors
5. having 35% of senior management positions held by women
6. contribute 1 million volunteer hours per year to locally selected projects
7. having 75% of its 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 €3bn a year in new sustainable solutions, products and services.