LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction

LafargeHolcim is a global pioneer when it comes to progressive concepts in the value chain of construction. We seek and promote intensive exchange between sustainable design and professional practice. This allows new findings and developments, such as innovative materials and their applications, to be rapidly adopted in construction. As part of our focus on innovation, LafargeHolcim also aims to increase the sustainability of construction in social, environmental, and economic terms. In this way, the Group shoulders its responsibility for the future of the planet and the global community.

A key pillar in this endeavor is the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Established in 2003, the Foundation collaborates with its tightly knit network of leading technical universities around the world and acts as a vital link between the Group and other players in the construction industry, including materials developers, architects, engineers, urban planners, and contractors.

The Foundation acts as a globally significant information hub in the field of sustainable construction mainly through three activities: It organizes symposia from high-level expert discussions to multi-day international forums, produces technical publications, and organizes the LafargeHolcim Awards – the world’s most prestigious competition for sustainable construction. In addition, the Foundation provides an online knowledge turntable for sustainable construction as an information hub for stakeholders and offers support for Group initiatives. It is committed to raising employee awareness in the field of sustainability, providing know-how and experts for events held by country operations, and collaborating with corporate functions engaged in sustainable development.

The activities of the Foundation are organized in three-year cycles. In 2015, the fourth cycle of the LafargeHolcim Awards reached its pinnacle with the celebration of the Global Awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The prizes went to projects in Medellín (Colombia), Ambepussa (Sri Lanka), and New York (United States). The hand-over events offered LafargeHolcim ideal platforms to position itself as an innovative, sustainable, and responsible player within the global construction sector. Independent juries composed of distinguished professionals had selected the winning projects which illustrate smart solutions to challenges that are also a focus of LafargeHolcim such as the provision of better living conditions and integrated construction solutions to improve quality of life.

More about the LafargeHolcim Foundation and its activities is available at: www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org.