LafargeHolcim Group global initiatives

LafargeHolcim Group global initiatives

LafargeHolcim is a worldwide leader in building materials and construction solutions. As such, the group strives to ensure that it is a responsible and ethical business in every single country in which it operates, including Tanzania. LafargeHolcim is a member of several global initiatives and alliances that are intended to develop surrounding communities and the business environment.

Sustainability is one of the core values held by the LafargeHolcim Group and is one of the initiatives that we endorse fully. This creates added value and has numerous benefits for our operations, shareholders and communities. Some of the other global alliances and initiatives are outlined below.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The LafargeHolcim Group is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) community and supports the goal of GRI to empower leaders and decision-makers around the world. The GRI has set Sustainability Reporting Standards that encourage business leaders to push for sustainable business practices and unlock the economic potential that comes along with it. The information in LafargeHolcim’s annual Sustainability Reports and website is prepared in accordance with GRI standards. 

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

LafargeHolcim aims to embrace all of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles through our integrated approach to sustainable development. There are 10 UNGC principles and we strive to use them as the basis for advancing responsible corporate citizenship. The UNGC also enables LafargeHolcim to push its own programmes and processes in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption.

Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA)

LafargeHolcim partnered with eight other multinational companies in the cement and building materials industry to launch the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) in early 2018. The GCCA is a progressive association that is dedicated to developing the industry’s contribution to construction. The association focuses on driving advancements in sustainable construction, as well as working to enhance the cement industry’s contribution to a number of global social and developmental challenges.

FTSE4Good

The FTSE4Good index was launched by the global index provider FTSE Russell. This index series is intended to measure the performance of companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a range of market participants to create responsible investment funds. FTSE Russell confirms that LafargeHolcim has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria and has met the necessary requirements.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)

LafargeHolcim was included in the 2018 DJSI European Index and was one of two Europe-based multinationals in the building materials industry to be included in this index. DJSI are the longest-running global sustainability benchmarks and are considered to be the reference point for sustainable practices.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

LafargeHolcim reports on its carbon statistics every year – the results are graded by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2018, the CDP scored LafargeHolcim with a B-grade rating in carbon emissions, which is above the industry average.

Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)

LafargeHolcim has been a member of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) since July 2017. The TCFD is gathering voluntary, consistent and climate-related risk disclosures from companies around the world. This information is then used to inform investors, insurers and stakeholders about the performance of the participating companies.

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC)

LafargeHolcim is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC). The alliance is an initiative that was launched at COP21 as part of the Lima Paris Action Agenda. It aims to mobilise all stakeholders, including member states and non-state actors from the building and construction industry, to scale up climate actions in the sector.

These are some of the global initiatives and alliances in which LafargeHolcim is a member and participant. They encourage ethical, responsible and developmental business practices with real accountability. We are proud to be part of these initiatives around the world in order to advance the building materials industry and our worldwide operations.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Group launches ‘Plants for Tomorrow’

LafargeHolcim Group launches Plants for Tomorrow

The global LafargeHolcim Group is on a mission to upgrade all of its cement manufacturing facilities around the world. This drive, called ‘Plants for Tomorrow’, will see over 270 integrated cement plants and grinding mills being upgraded with the latest artificial intelligence and automation technology.

Cement manufacturing facilities, like LafargeHolcim Tanzania’s Tembo cement plant in Mbeya, will get an overhaul of the entire production line. ‘Plants for Tomorrow’ is a four-year initiative that will take LafargeHolcim subsidiaries into the future of cement and building materials.

The upgrades to the cement plants will improve operational efficiency, meaning that these facilities will be able to produce more cement at the end of the initiative. Currently the LafargeHolcim Group is testing the upgrades on 30 pilot projects around the world, where it will iron out any issues before proceeding with a full-scale rollout.

Transforming the cement industry through technology

“Transforming the way we produce cement is one of the focus areas of our digitalisation strategy and the ‘Plants of Tomorrow’ initiative will turn Industry 4.0 into reality at our plants,” says LafargeHolcim global head of cement manufacturing Solomon Baumgartner.

“These innovative solutions make cement production safer, more efficient and environmentally-fit. We are moving to fully data-driven operations in order to support further profitable growth as part of our Strategy 2022 – ‘Building for Growth’,” he explains.

Some of the new technologies to be installed at cement plants

A number of new technologies will be installed at cement manufacturing facilities, such as predictive operations systems that will be able to detect any problems with the production process and implement solutions instantly. This will help to reduce maintenance costs and minimise any downtime of the facilities due to breakdowns. 

The technology will also help to further reduce energy consumption at these facilities. Production lines will become more automated to reduce risks for employees in high-exposure areas of the facilities. 

LafargeHolcim is also planning on using drones to inspect chimney stacks and inaccessible regions of the cement plants. This will allow more frequent inspections to take place while also reducing costs and improving safety standards.

The group is connecting cement plants to a central network

The LafargeHolcim Group is in the process of link all of its global cement manufacturing facilities to a centralised network, dubbed the ‘Technical Information System’. Over 80% of these facilities have already been linked to this system that is able to track performance and allocate resources where necessary.

The Technical Information System also provides specific data at plant, country, region and global levels. This has allowed LafargeHolcim to start building a valuable bank of historical data that can be used to improve efficiency and performance in the future. Since the launch of the Technical Information System in 2006, it has saved LafargeHolcim 184.7-billion TZS in maintenance costs and added around 3-million tonnes of cement through efficient operations.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Group sees 2.2% growth in 2019

LafargeHolcim Group sees 2.2% growth in 2019

The global LafargeHolcim Group has had a strong start to 2019, seeing a 2.2% growth in the first quarter (Q1) net sales of cement as compared to Q1 2018. The group managed to sell a combined total of just under 4.1-billion Swiss Francs (~9.5-trillion TZS) of cement in the first three months of 2019.

“We had a very strong start of the year and I am especially pleased to see our strong sales growth and an over-proportional increase in profitability. Our momentum is very positive and the Q1 2019 is the third consecutive quarter with Recurring EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) growing faster than Net Sales,” says the chief executive officer of the LafargeHolcim Group, Jan Jenisch.

“We have delivered on the promised strengthening of our balance sheet and we are on track to accelerate the execution of our Strategy 2022 – ‘Building for Growth’. Our momentum in the past three quarters, a solid global market demand and the ambitions of our teams give us great confidence for reaching our targets for the full year,” he explains.

Strong momentum for LafargeHolcim Group in 2019

LafargeHolcim branches in all regions of the world are showing positive signs of growth and consistency. The markets in Africa have started to stabilise overall and the turnaround plans in several of these countries are starting to deliver visible results. One of the challenges that branches in Africa face is the fluctuation of supply and demand for cement, which impacts the prices.

Branches in Europe have delivered the strongest results so far in 2019, followed by North America and South America. The Asia Pacific region also continues its strong momentum due to the high demand for cement in countries such as India, the Philippines and Australia. All-in-all, 2019 has been successful for LafargeHolcim so far and this upward trend is expected to continue for the next three quarters.

Outlook for 2019

The positive momentum seen in Q1 2019 is expected to continue for the remainder of the year. The LafargeHolcim Group expects challenging but stabilised market conditions in Africa and the Middle East. They also expect to see continued growth in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, as well as softer but stabilised demand for cement products in South America.

Based on these trends and the successful execution of Strategy 2022, the targets for 2019 appear to be attainable. The group is expecting a Net Sales growth of three to five percent with a Recurring EBITDA growth of four to five percent. LafargeHolcim expects to continue its cash conversions through money-saving initiatives and more profitable margins. 

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Group water reduction

Water saving initiative at LafargeHolcim

Water is an essential resource. Although the building materials industry consumes less water than many other sectors, the global LafargeHolcim Group still strives to save the resource wherever possible. Too many regions across the globe suffer from water shortages and droughts. Increasing urbanisation and population growth are likely to make these problems worse.

That is why LafargeHolcim has started the water withdrawal reduction initiative to create awareness at all of its operations around the world. This initiative is aimed at improving measurement methodologies and reducing the consumption of water at building materials facilities.

Water saving statistics at LafargeHolcim

Since 2016, the LafargeHolcim Group has seen a 19% reduction in freshwater consumption across all its operations. This equates to 73 litres saved for every tonne of cement produced. In 2018, LafargeHolcim started using only 305 litres of water per tonne of cement produced. The group is aiming to get this volume down to 291 litres per tonne by 2022 and then 262 litres per tonne by 2030.

LafargeHolcim assesses water consumption

LafargeHolcim is a global company which means that sustainable water management requires a specific understanding of the context of each locality in which its operations are based. At sites in water-scarce regions, LafargeHolcim conducts assessments that benefit the surrounding communities too. These assessments are based on the World Business Council For Sustainable Development’s Global Water Tool.

LafargeHolcim optimises the use of fresh water at all of its operations, including in Tanzania. The group reduces the risk of water depletion by tracking every cement factory’s intake and output. LafargeHolcim also engages with all stakeholders and encourages those operations in water-scarce areas to share the resource with surrounding communities.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Group improving communities

LafargeHolcim Group improving communities

The global LafargeHolcim Group understands the challenges and concerns of the communities in which its subsidiary companies operate. Each branch of LafargeHolcim is encouraged to actively engage with their surrounding communities to share value and knowledge. LafargeHolcim Tanzania does this through its Building Materials Centre and training programmes.

The presence of the branches in various locations around the world means that the group has directly contributed to increased employment, infrastructure development and local procurement worldwide. More than 90% of the LafargeHolcim Group’s 112 000 suppliers are from local markets in their respective countries, including Tanzania.

LafargeHolcim engaging with local communities

Around the world, there are currently 15 million people benefitting from LafargeHolcim programmes. This number has been achieved in the last four years. In 2018 alone, the LafargeHolcim Group spent 47.8 million Swiss Francs (~109.5 billion TZS) on community programmes across the globe. Around 8700 employees have spent 60 000 hours of their time training and volunteering in various programmes in their communities.

In addition to working with local communities, LafargeHolcim also engages with stakeholders at all levels; from customers and investors to employees and suppliers. The group also interacts with local media, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), higher education institutions and local regulators.

Responsible sourcing

LafargeHolcim prides itself on its local supply chains. Being a global company with high standards, the group searches for local suppliers that meet specific targets and operate within the law; pushing these suppliers to improve their quality and standards.

The group identifies and inspects the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact of suppliers to ensure that they are qualified to work with LafargeHolcim. This ensures that suppliers are responsible when it comes to environmental, social and personnel issues. The majority of these suppliers are independent contractors, but the rest are raw materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers and packaging suppliers.

Managing human rights and labour standards

LafargeHolcim has developed a human rights management system that categorises countries into three segments; low, medium and high business risk. This system is based on the United Nations’ Human Development Index and the Freedom House Freedom in the World Index

In countries that have a medium-to-high risk assessment, LafargeHolcim institutes a mandatory remediation plan that ensures employees and communities are looked after. The most common issues that arise are inadequate working conditions and negative impacts of operations on the surrounding communities.

By the end of 2018, the LafargeHolcim Group has successfully carried out 41 full impact assessments out of 59 countries. Of these countries, 25 are considered to be high risk and 20 are medium risk. These assessments allow LafargeHolcim to improve community standards and employment conditions at all of its operations around the world.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim group innovation and road to 2030

LafargeHolcim road to 2030

LafargeHolcim is a forward-looking group of companies that strives to improve its product and service offerings. The global group also aims to develop solutions with improved environmental and social performance compared to the standards of today. This innovation is what makes LafargeHolcim a leader in the industry.

The group is considered to be a thought leader in the construction sector that accelerates transformation along the whole value chain. They identify, promote and reward innovative ideas in the global construction industry and can financially back these concepts via the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

LafargeHolcim group road to 2030

The LafargeHolcim group has set a number of targets for 2030 that will direct its subsidiary companies, like LafargeHolcim Tanzania, along a certain path. Of the main goals is to generate 33% of net sales (from all products and services) with improved sustainability performance.

This means that one-third of all sales by 2030 will be innovate products that are better for society and the environment. The group has currently achieved 8%, pushing LafargeHolcim a quarter of the way to its goal already.

LafargeHolcim believes that the construction industry needs to transform the way it operates to become more sustainable and more mindful of the resources it uses. Climate change, urbanisation and resource depletion are challenges that currently face the industry.

These challenges require innovative solutions, such as new material manufacturing processes, better building methods and higher design standards. LafargeHolcim is committed to developing these solutions by using its advanced research and development capabilities. The group will build a portfolio of new concepts that will benefit society and the environment.

Three key plans for 2030

LafargeHolcim aims to develop three key plans in order to help the group reach the goals for 2030. Here are the plans and how the group will achieve them:

1. Maintain its leadership position in sustainable solutions

LafargeHolcim will continue to use its influence to support sustainable ideas and create a portfolio of the best solutions for society, the environment and business. The group currently invests the most in research and development activities among international cement companies – a position which it will strive to maintain going forward.

2. Improve thought leadership in the construction industry

LafargeHolcim aims to lead cross-sectoral partnerships that align goals and improve the entire construction industry. This will drive transformation towards a progressive, solution-based sector. The group aims to create a proactive network of industry leaders and NGOs to help them fulfil this plan.

3. Promote the most sustainable construction practices

Through the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the group will create awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices among the global industry. The foundation has also partnered with universities and training academies around the world to advance the academic teachings and discourse related to construction and engineering.

The foundation supports the group in its research and development efforts by conducting academic symposiums on topics such as low carbon dioxide binders, recycling demolition waste or the life cycle economy of buildings.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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