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Date 11/08/2012

Lafarge Group Presents its Approach to Biodiversity Management at Willdlife Habitat Council Symposium

Today, the Lafarge Group participated in the Wildlife Habitat Council's (WHC) 24th Annual Symposium in Baltimore, Md. The Lafarge Group's vice president of environment and public affairs, Jim Rushworth, presented the company's world-wide work on biodiversity with a special focus on the Lafarge Group's new Biodiversity Guidance, which has been developed as part of the Group's partnership with the international conservation organization WWF. This Guidance aims to facilitate the protection, restoration and enhancement of biodiversity across all Lafarge Group sites worldwide, including quarries, plants and offices.

 

The WHC symposium brought together WHC members and partners to discuss sustainability and community engagement. The Lafarge Group and WHC have a long history of working together on biodiversity projects and WHC is a member of the Group's Advisory Panel on biodiversity, created in 2006 to advise the Group on its biodiversity strategy and contribute ideas to improve and develop it.

 

"It's important that we manage biodiversity at our operations and play our part in trying to halt the loss in biodiversity experienced worldwide," said Rushworth. "We are honored to have been invited to participate in the WHC Symposium where we are publicly launching our Biodiversity Guidance, developed to help our operations understand and manage biodiversity and that we are today sharing with other organizations. The Guidance was developed with WWF and it is partnerships like this one, and with WHC, that make our efforts on biodiversity and community engagement possible."

 

Biodiversity management and enhancement is a key area of focus under the Lafarge Group's Sustainability Ambitions 2020, the Group's road-map to make a net positive contribution to society through sustainable development actions. The Lafarge Group formulated these objectives by carefully listening to input from employees, customers and surrounding communities.

 

The Biodiversity Guidance was developed with the help of WWF, with whom the Group has worked in partnership since 2000 on a number of environmental issues, including quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity management. The Biodiversity Guidance has been developed to provide a blue print for future projects that facilitate the protection, restoration, and enhancement of biodiversity surrounding its facilities around the world. The guide includes specific information and case studies on issues such as:

 

  • Avoiding/minimizing impact to important habitats
  • Planting only appropriate native species
  • Removing and controlling invasive species
  • Restoring and/or rehabilitating damaged habitats
  • Making industrial areas as natural as possible
  • Consulting local stakeholders and experts
  • Monitoring and planning biodiversity projects

 

Biodiversity has been a key focus for the Lafarge Group over many years. Through partnerships with organizations like the WHC and WWF, the Group has created successful biodiversity programs all over the globe. Locally, within Lafarge North America, projects have included quarry rehabilitation at Presque Isle, Mich., and planting a garden of native plants in Alpena, Mich. The garden improved conditions for attracting pollinator species of insects, created an educational and easily accessible space for the community and improved the visual appeal of the space for the community. Each of these projects, and others like them, help bring Lafarge Group closer to its goals and create a more diverse environment.     

 

Contact:

Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director

United States
Ph: 303.895.0455

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 270 industrial and distribution sites and 4,200 employees in 41 States in its US cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses.  Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature (also known as World Wildlife Fund), Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.

 

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is a world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. With 68,000 employees in 64 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.3 billion Euros in 2011.  Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. 

 

Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

 

 The Lafarge Biodiversity Guidance is available online at: http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/2_8_1-Ambitions-2020-Ressources-naturelles

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