NIGERIA: Lafarge’s 2020 CSR approach focuses on waste recovery

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NIGERIA: Lafarge's 2020 CSR approach focuses on waste recovery©Lafarge Africa Plc

Lafarge Africa Plc presents its sustainability report for the year 2020 in Nigeria. The Lagos-based cement manufacturer has impacted nearly 250,000 people with its CSR (corporate social responsibility) policy.

Lafarge Africa Plc’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy is gaining momentum in Nigeria. The number of people benefiting from the cement and ready-mix concrete company’s sustainability actions has doubled within a year, from 125,000 people in 2019 to 250,000 people in 2020. This impact is reflected on the ground in a range of actions, including the creation of green jobs.

As part of its partnership with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), Lafarge Africa has hired more than 3,000 people in 2020 to collect waste such as tires, plastic bottles, polyethylene and others. Lafarge Africa converts this waste into energy for the operation of its plants. In this way, nearly 71,029 tons of waste were recycled in 2020. In the same vein, Lafarge has replaced 9.6% of its energy consumption with renewable energy sources.

The Lagos-based cement manufacturer has also rehabilitated 933 hectares of degraded land in its quarry. It has also offset some of its carbon dioxide emissions by planting over 7,000 tree seedlings.

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Majority-owned by Swiss building materials and aggregates giant Holcim, Lafarge Africa has been producing annual sustainability reports since 2016. “By deploying innovation, we are championing the way Nigeria is built. It is holistic and strategically driven to ensure that we increase reach and impact in the economic and environmental spheres…,” explains Prince Adefioye, the president of Lafarge Africa.

Lafarge Africa’s approach to sustainability is guided by pillars such as renewable energy, circular economy and biodiversity protection. The aim is to improve relations with investors, government, communities, and its customers.

Boris Ngounou

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