Corporate Governance

LafargeHolcim applies high standards to corporate governance. The goal is to assure the long-term value and success of the company in the interests of various stakeholder groups: customers, shareholders, employees, creditors, suppliers, and the communities where LafargeHolcim operates.

Acting responsibly

The ultimate goal of effective corporate governance is long-term value creation and strengthening of the Group’s reputation. This includes continuous improvement to decision-making processes and management systems through legal, organization, and ethical directives and terms of reference, as well as measures to enhance transparency. Compliance with internal and external directives, early recognition of business risks, social responsibility for stakeholder groups, and open communication on all relevant issues are among the principles of LafargeHolcim. The Code of Business Conduct, binding for the entire Group, is part of our internal regulation.

LafargeHolcim aims to achieve a balanced relationship between management and control by keeping the functions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO separate. With one exception, all directors are independent according to the definition of the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance. The principle of “one share, one vote” applies.

The information published in this chapter conforms to the Corporate Governance Directive of the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX) and the disclosure rules of the Swiss Code of Obligations. In the interest of clarity, reference is made to other parts of the Annual Report or, for example, to the Group’s website ( The following sections of this report describe the duties of the Finance & Audit Committee, the Nomination, Compensation & Governance Committee, and the Strategy & Sustainable Development Committee as well as the Organizational Rules.

Except where otherwise indicated, this Annual Report reflects the legal situation as of December 31, 2015.