INPRINT: Lafarge’s 2017 Sustainability Report- Creating Impact for Sustainable Growth

This report draws attention to Lafarge Africa’s commitment to work in close collaboration with communities where they operate and the larger society. Using the GRI Standards, it shows the organization’s material aspects and partnerships that have influenced socio-economic development in a responsible manner, and the creation of lasting values that impact its communities and stakeholders.

The publication, which covers Lafarge Africa’s four sustainability pillars of Climate, Circular Economy, Water and Nature, and People and Communities, shows efforts and initiatives that are benchmarked against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), which covers the main pillars of Climate, Circular Economy, Water and Nature as well as People and Communities.

The sustainability actions highlighted in the report include actions on climate_ controlling CO 2 emissions, environmental compliance, carbon footprint reduction; circular economy _ cement co-processing, utilizing waste in cement production, resource management, alternative fuels; water and nature biodiversity, water management, management waste; and lastly people and communities; health and safety, training and development, gender equality, job creation, employee engagement, local content development, amongst others.

Apart from sharing progress on its four pillars, a showcase of some of its corporate social activities, together with awards and recognitions, positions the report for a dual purpose – a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report. The insertion of pictures on every page and a few infographic representations also provide visual details on activities, breaks the ice on the profusion of words and simplifies the report.

Moreover, a feature of testimonials from stakeholders, particularly, community stakeholders, makes the report more comprehensive whilst the assurance of an external party aligns with best practices.

The report, visually appealing and presented with the use of graphs and charts, portrays commitment to sustainable development and provides the lever to set new standards, foster socioeconomic development, and drive transformation. Nevertheless, numbering on the Content Page could have been improved upon for easier location of the different sections.

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