Builders' Merchants News
Lafarge Cement launches sustainability report
Published:  07 September, 2009

SOLIHULL: Lafarge has launched its annual sustainability report and statement, which highlight the company's strong environmental performance in 2008.

The company has published an environmental statement, which provides in-depth environmental information on its operations – as required under the internationally recognised Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) of which Lafarge is a member. 

It has also published  sustainability report which provides a broader overview of the company's approach to sustainability across its business.

After independent verification of its data by the British Standards Institute (BSI) amongst others, Lafarge is able to demonstrate strong progress on its commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and products.

Business sustainability manager, Jim Rushworth, explains: "We have now published details on our environmental performance for nine years and have been gradually developing our reporting for other areas of our business since 2005.  Our work in this area has been recognised by a number of awards, most notably the Business in the Community Award for Excellence we received from Former US Vice-President Al Gore in 2007.

"This work has been underpinned by the accreditations we hold for our management systems which require independent verification annually.  It demonstrates that our commitment to sustainability is delivering tangible results.  This year, we sought advice from independent experts WSP Environment & Energy, who helped us to better define what sustainability actually means to us in a wider business context.

"With WSP's help, we have identified 26 different criteria, broadly grouped into social, economic and environment categories, and have looked to measure our performance against the best performing companies in terms of sustainability credentials."

Following interviews, audits and a review of the company's management systems, WSP identified that Lafarge has clear programmes to manage all 26 criteria.  Indeed the company's approach to public policy work and trade union/labour relations was identified as one of the strongest amongst all industries.