Our Commitment

Lafarge Plasterboard is committed to minimising the impact its activities, products and services have on both the environment and society. It creates sustainable value by:

  • Driving innovation of products and services;
  • Preserving the environment through ongoing operational efficiencies;
  • Working responsibly within local communities.

Lafarge Plasterboard supports its commitment by working to improve areas under direct control and taking a leadership role within the building industry.
Lafarge Plasterboard strive to grow sustainability through continuous performance improvement in four main areas: environment; eco-friendly solutions; health & safety; and employees and community.

Environment

For Lafarge Plasterboard, long-term economic performance is linked to respect for the environment. We are committed to the protection of the environment, human health and well-being, the conservation of nature, and minimising the environmental impact of our activities, products and services.

Lafarge Plasterboard endeavours to comply with all applicable legislation and to conduct our business consistent with sustainable development principles. Our investment in the future is based on continual improvement in environmental management, principles and practices. We monitor and analyse our environmental performance through our Environmental Management System (EMS).

Our environmental priorities focus on four key areas: carbon emissions, energy efficiency, water conservationand waste management. For more information, please click here

Eco-friendly Solutions

Lafarge Plasterboard offers a wide range of products, systems and services which are produced in compliance with environmental standards. Over 98% of our products are locally manufactured, thus reducing the environmental impact caused by land, air or sea transport. Whether used to construct a house or hospital, plasterboard possesses the characteristics of sustainable building materials and can readily be incorporated into sustainable development projects.

Safety

Lafarge Plasterboard’s Safety Management System starts with a Safety Policy that holds all employees responsible and accountable. The policy is supported by eleven Health & Safety rules designed to reinforce our commitment to the well-being of our employees. The Safety Management System includes safety manuals and product MSDS and is managed by the Safety Council comprising senior Lafarge Plasterboard managers.

In 2008 Lafarge Plasterboard appointed Mr. Paul Johnson as National Safety Manager.

Employees and Community

In Australia, Lafarge Plasterboard is committed to supporting local communities through national fundraising and participation in local events.

Highlights

Lafarge Plasterboard has completed a number of significant projects relating to sustainability which are featured in our Case Studies.

Case Studies

  • Sydney Water Award – to read the full article from The Conserver, click here. For more information on what Lafarge Plasterboard is doing to ensure efficient use of water in the manufacturing process, click here.
  • Heat Recovery System – Altona – Installation of a new heat recovery system at the Altona plant has the potential of reducing CO2 emissions by 1,600 tonnes – read more…
  • Storm Water Harvesting – Matraville and Altona – from Sydney to Melbourne, Lafarge Plasterboard have put their actions behind a drive to save water – read more…

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    Sustainability Ambitions 2012

Sustainable development is an integral part of the vision of Lafarge as well as day-to-day activities. The Sustainability Ambitions 2012 roadmap reaffirms the Group’s three main commitments and highlights new challenges with regard to: climate change, health and safety, and the protection of the environment and biodiversity.

More information on the Lafarge Group activities and the Group’s approach to Corporate Social Responsibility can be found on the Lafarge Group website. Download a copy of the most recent Lafarge Sustainability Report and our 2012 Sustainability Ambitions by clicking on the links below.

Group Performances

Every year, social and environmental rating agencies compare Lafarge’s sustainable development performance to other organisations, both within our industry sector and overall. Lafarge uses these systems to assess its sustainable development performance. Moreover, the Group is regularly awarded for its actions towards sustainable development and its transparency.

Global Top 100

Lafarge is the only company in its sector to appear in the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies” for the sixth consecutive year.

The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list is compiled by Corporate Knights Inc., with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc. Launched in 2005, the annual Global 100 is announced each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos.wwf-image

Clearly a world leader in the building industry, Lafarge contributes to economic development and leads innovation to promote more sustainable construction methods for tomorrow.

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WWF

Lafarge is a Founding Member of the WWF Conservation Partner program, and has aGlobal100LogoCMYK conservation partnership with WWF to work on Climate Change and other priority actions, including bio diversity, persistent pollutants and sustainable construction. Lafarge also supports the WWF Forest Landscape Restoration program which aims to re-establish forest landscapes for the joint benefit of people and nature. Lafarge is one of the 21 largest companies in the world participating in the WWF Climate Savers Partner Program.

The WWF is the world’s leading organisation for the protection of nature and aims to stop the degradation of the planet. The WWF has an operational network in almost 100 countries with a genuine desire to involve all concerned parties: local communities, businesses, governments and international and non-governmental organisations.

For more information on WWF, click here.

For more information on Climate Savers, click here.