Looking into the future – adding value, building trust, generating pride

With the merger between Lafarge and Holcim concluded in July 2015 we have created a combined company with a considerably increased footprint, and visibility. We are well aware that, due to the nature of our business, our new organization is one of the largest CO2-emitting corporations in the world. Since we are present in 90 countries, we are also aware that we have a significant environmental and social impact globally. On the other hand, our new Group also has considerable strength and the scale to foster widespread, positive global and local change. This is due not only to our large geographical reach, which includes markets all around the world, but also to our combined research and development capabilities, which are the best in our sector. We believe our capacity to make a positive contribution is unique.

With this in mind, we have developed a cutting-edge sustainability strategy called the 2030 Plan. The plan focuses on shared value creation for the company, society, communities, and the environment.

The LafargeHolcim Sustainability Strategy is structured around one ambitious vision: LafargeHolcim wants to drive transformation along the entire construction value chain. We build for tomorrow. We want the construction sector of tomorrow to be climate-friendly and circular in its use of resources. We want it to be respectful of water and nature, and we want it to be inclusive – enhancing quality of life for all.

We have translated this vision into tangible, measurable commitments in four different fields of action: climate, circular economy, water and nature, people and communities. Within these four fields we always have one overarching objective: driving change towards a more sustainable construction sector.

LafargeHolcim recognizes that it cannot just focus on mitigating its impacts. It has to deliver and demonstrate a positive contribution. We have therefore set “in-house” and “beyond-our-fence-line” targets for each of our fields of action. We are also placing lifecycle thinking squarely at the heart of the development of our new strategy. This includes developing and marketing new products and services – our 2030 Solutions – to help address the world’s major sustainability challenges.

The 2030 Plan – Building for tomorrow


Circular Economy

Water and Nature

People and Communities

Acting in-house

40 percent reduction in net specific CO2 emissions by 2030 (vs. 1990)

Use of 80 million tonnes per year of waste-derived resources

30 percent reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in cement operations

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Implementation at the Workplace (WASH) Pledge implemented at all sites

Zero fatalities
LTI FR < 0,20 and 50 percent reduction in TIFR (vs. 2015)
Disease rate < 0,1

30 percent minimum of each gender at all management levels

Acting beyond our fence line (Life-cycle)

10 million tonnes per year avoided CO2 emissions from buildings thanks to innovative solutions

Provide solutions for the end-of-life of the products (recover 4 times the volume of aggregates from construction demolition waste/reclaimed asphalt pavement vs. today)

Positive impact on water in water scarce areas

Positive change on biodiversity

75 million people benefitting from our initiatives

Collective action against corruption and bribery in high risk countries

Acting on our products/services portfolio – The 2030 Solutions

  • Low carbon cement & concrete
  • Insulating concrete
  • Thermal mass solutions
  • Recycled aggregates
  • Urban mining solutions
  • Waste management services
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Pervious concrete
  • Stormwater protection
  • Vertical green solutions
  • Affordable housing materials and solutions
  • Affordable sanitation solutions

Building for tomorrow

LafargeHolcim intends to demonstrate leadership through the 2030 Solutions initiative and innovation with the development and sale of environmentally friendly and socially responsible products. Our target is to generate one-third of our revenues from this portfolio of solutions with enhanced sustainability performance by 2030. We also seek to be a thought leader in the construction sector, promoting a lifecycle definition of sustainable construction through strategic partnerships with groups such as the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Initiative and the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which was launched at the COP21 conference in Paris in 2015. These partnerships help defragment the construction sector and thereby achieve a much higher positive impact on the value chain, providing solutions for each meaningful step of the design and the construction of buildings.

We further seek to drive transformation along the construction value chain. The role of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is crucial in this regard as it works to identify, promote, and reward the most sustainable construction practices globally. (See for more details on the LafargeHolcim Foundation)

Respecting the environment

We currently lead the way as the world’s most carbon-efficient international cement producer and we intend to remain the leader in this field. Leadership in CO2 efficiency is essential for a company with a global carbon footprint as significant as ours. Our target is to achieve a 40 percent reduction in net specific CO2 emissions per tonne of cementitious product by 2030 (vs. 1990). At the time of the merger, the combined company had achieved an estimated 26 percent reduction measured against the 1990 baseline. Performance for 2015 will be published in the LafargeHolcim Sustainability Report and on our website by mid-2016.

Going beyond our fence line, we will develop and provide innovative solutions that reduce CO2 emissions from buildings and infrastructure over the whole lifecycle. By 2030, our goal is to help avoid 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from buildings and infrastructure thanks to our sustainable portfolio of products and services. To this end we have developed, with the support of academics and stakeholders, a credible monitoring and reporting protocol. This new approach is meant to accelerate innovation and the deployment of the most promising low-CO2 building solutions.

Promoting a circular economy

By using waste as alternative fuels and raw materials, we can make a significant contribution to our sustainable development and economic performance objectives. This approach can also contribute to solving society’s waste problem while also offering new opportunities for employment. Furthermore, it improves the environmental footprint of our operations by limiting the use of fossil fuels and lowering emissions. LafargeHolcim will continue to provide sustainable solutions for waste by transforming it into resources for its production processes. Our target is to re-use 80 million tonnes of waste-derived resources per year in our operations by 2030.

At LafargeHolcim we have gained unique experience in the area of recycled aggregates. We provide solutions for the end-of-life of our products, developing locally appropriate business models in urban areas. To leverage this experience, we have set a target to multiply by 4 our current volume of recycled aggregates from construction and demolition waste by 2030. We are also committed to developing efficient partnerships and to actively advocating in order to encourage broad development of the practice of recycling the concrete portion of demolition waste.

Protecting water and nature

Water is a natural resource used at all LafargeHolcim operational sites around the world. We will aim to minimize our freshwater withdrawal through responsible management of our operations. Our target is to reduce freshwater withdrawal by 30 percent in the cement business line by 2030. A target for the aggregates business line is being defined and will be announced in the course of 2016.

Our company is committed to ensuring access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all employees and contractors at our own operational sites. We will sign the WBCSD Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Implementation at the Workplace (WASH) Pledge with the aim of being compliant with the pledge by 2020.

Beyond our fence line, LafargeHolcim will achieve a positive impact on water resources in water-scarce areas by 2030, providing more water to communities and nature than we withdraw. Furthermore, by 2030 we will be able to demonstrate a positive improvement in biodiversity at our mining sites thanks to active biodiversity management during the extraction phase, and modern restoration of quarries when they are no longer in use.

People and communities

LafargeHolcim is committed to working as a partner with our stakeholders, building and maintaining relationships of mutual respect and trust. Our aim is to contribute to effectively improving the quality of life of the members of our workforce, their families, and the communities in which we operate.

To this end, we aim to enhance local economies and wealth for people at the “base of the pyramid.” By 2030, our goal is to have 75 million people benefit from our affordable housing projects and our social investment and inclusive business models.

Health & Safety is at the center of everything LafargeHolcim does. This means conducting our business with a zero-harm goal and promoting better health for employees, contractors, third parties, and communities. By 2030, we are targeting zero fatalities on and offsite, a Lost-Time Injury-Frequency Rate (LTIFR) better than 0.20, and an occupational disease rate better than 0.1. Additionally, 15 percent of the benefits from our social investment projects should come from health initiatives.

Our company values diversity and strives to create a gender-balanced and inclusive working environment. Our target is to achieve a minimum of 30 percent of each gender at all management levels by 2030.

We are a leader in the promotion of responsible and transparent business practices, acting to establish a level playing field and thus creating a win-win situation for both business and society. We believe strongly in, and actively promote, universal respect for human rights and we foster sustainable practices throughout our value chain. By 2030 we intend to participate or take a leadership role in collective action initiatives against bribery and corruption in all high-risk countries where we operate.