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2020 Ambitions

Making a net positive contribution to society

Lafarge showed its leadership in this area by being the first in its sector and one of the first industrials to take on firm CO2 reduction commitments and has continued its progress in its Ambitions 2012 program (2007-2012).

We are increasingly convinced that considering the vast challenges that the world faces on education, urbanization and poverty, we need to go further.


As the world leader in our sector, we can contribute to improving the quality of life of an always-expanding urban population through homes, housing systems and infrastructure.


This is why Lafarge Sustainability Ambitions 2020 are the first steps towards a vision of the future where we strive to protect the environment and, more importantly, to make a net positive contribution to society as a whole.


Our new Ambitions are organized around three pillars that will establish us as a leading sustainability company:

  • Society / Building Communities,
  • Economy / Building Sustainably,
  • Environment / Building the Circular Economy.



Lafarge's Ambitions 2020 will drive changes to every part of the Group's operations over the next eight years, in order to change the way we operate and let us progress towards our vision.

Transforming the organization

The Ambitions are about leveraging the expertise and daily activities of our teams to effect social and environmental change, thus making Lafarge an even more trustworthy and relevant organization; they are about making Lafarge a company that will be more diverse, local, adaptable and resilient than ever; they are about using bold and stretch targets to inspire employees, unleash creativity and transform our company; they are about incorporating societal issues into strategy and operations.

Relying on strong values

Lafarge believes sustainability starts with values.

Since the inception of the first version of its Principles of Action more than 30 years ago, we have strived to be a value-driven company.



This will become even more relevant in the future to ensure consistency in our ethics and practices in a context where Lafarge is reorganizing to become more country-centric and attuned with its local markets.

Commitments for ethics

Our will to ensure consistency in our ethics is manifest in our adherence to the UN Global Compact and the implementation of its ten principles, and in our respect of the ILO conventions and the adoption of the OECD guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, 2011. The assurance of full implementation of these various principles will be monitored by an "Ethics Committee". Its role will be to ensure the respect of these principles and the application of our Code of Business Conduct. This committee will report directly to the Chairman and CEO.

Speaking with stakeholders

We believe that one of the most basic values is to operate with transparency both within our company and with our stakeholders.By respecting the rights of everyone for whom we have any direct or indirect relationship we will be able to implement this value.


By enhancing our dialogue with all our stakeholders in the most transparent manner, Lafarge will continue to build on a tradition of many years of constructive relationships with NGOs, clients, consumers, governments and local authorities, employees and shareholders.



By being a values-led company, we can ensure that as a corporation, we stay fit-for-purpose.

Partnerships with leading organizations

Lafarge believes that working in partnerships with leading organizations, such as WWF (environment), CARE (social issues), UN Habitat and Habitat for Humanity (affordable housing) or Transparency International (governance), as well as with our external stakeholder panel of "critical friends", allows us to implement more robust programs as well as a mechanism to inform and challenge our performance.

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Lafarge's Ambitions 2020 will drive changes to every part of the Group's operations over the next eight years, in order to change the way we operate and let us progress towards our vision.    

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