OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
Inspired by our vision of Building a Stronger Nigeria, Lafarge Africa Plc has an objective of creating shared value within the society.
Sustainability is entwined into the fabric of our organization and business. A visible evidence of this is that CREATING SHARED VALUE WITH SOCIETY is one of the six pillars of our global /country strategy. The five other strategies are being to Create an attractive environment for our people; Engage our resources for best returns and cash generation; Serve the building needs of individuals and retail customers; Serve the building needs of individuals and retail customers; Achieve operational excellence through continuous improvement.
In addition, Sustainability is one of the Company’s core values (CRISP) globally and at country level: CRISP: an acronym for Customers, Result, Integrity, Sustainability and People.
The reference to Sustainability in our strategy and operations is not an empty term, Lafarge Africa PLC believes in the principles of sustainable development and responsibility to all stakeholders and the society at large. This belief is turned into visible action at all its locations where different initiatives are carries out day to day to show our commitment not only to this generation but the future generation.
As a member of LafargeHolcim, we are committed to the tenets of sustainable development and the Group’s strategy under The 2030 Plan which is a triple bottom line approach and focuses on four key fields of action: climate, circular economy, water & nature, people & communities.
These all aim at protecting the climate throughout the entire construction chain; developing innovative products and solutions for building energy efficiency; promoting a business model that preserves and optimizes natural resources and furthers the development of communities.
We continue to work at country level on a number of developmental programs that adopts the three bottom line approach through our value chain in order to address concerns for the society, economy and the environment.
Employees contribute to building a stronger Nigeria.
Lafarge Africa employees continue to support the company’s vision of contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria. The pool of staff volunteers, under the Lafarge Friends of Community platform dedicated 2,525 working hours in 2015 to execute various community programmes across its operations in Port Harcourt, Gombe, Sagamu, Calabar, Ewekoro, Mfamosing and Lagos. Employees are always excited at the company’s commitment and support because the volunteering scheme offers them opportunity to express their values, solidarity, motivation and sense of purpose. A total of 6,212 volunteering hours have been utilized for various societal improvement projects since 2013 when the initiative was officially launched.
Health & Safety as a bedrock to all our operations
Health & Safety is a platform and the bedrock of our entire value chain. This is not restricted to employees and their families but to contractors and other stakeholders impacted by our operations. We have imbibed a culture of health, safety and security.
The health and safety of stakeholders remain of paramount importance to the Management. This is evident in the activities embarked upon annually in collaboration with the community representatives. Apart from having health & safety related pep talks at engagement sessions, the company is also committed to helping the indigenes access good and quality healthcare at the grassroot level. The company supports the building and renovation of health care centres in the local communities.
Other interventions in the area of Health & Safety include the provision of drugs and basic medical health checks, eye care and deworming programs, support for victims with cataract amongst others.
Creating positive impact through Community Development
Our contributions to Community Development spans empowerment and infrastructural development. We strive to continually make socio-economic impact in our host communities by empowering young people with vocational skills to earn a sustainable and legitimate living. In addition to this, we provide tool kits upon completion of their training to enable them start up on their own.
Some of our interventions in infrastructural development include the following:
- Electrification of rural communities
- Construction of new block of classrooms and renovation for public primary schools
- Construction of town halls and civic centres.
- Construction and Renovation of health centres
- Construction of new homes for the purpose of relocating villages with close proximity to our operations.
- Construction of community roads, bridges and pathways in the host communities.
- Road rehabilitation across regions. One of such interventions is the reconstruction of a 1.3km road and drainage systems of the Ewekoro axis of the Lagos –Abeokuta Expressway and 20km road in Mfamosing, Cross River State.
Laying the foundation for the future through Education
Lafarge Africa’s commitment to helping the future leaders improve the level of literacy and quality of education is evident in the contribution it makes in educating from primary to tertiary education.
Based on the identified needs of the communities, interventions vary across operations:
- Bursary awards to tertiary institution students.
- Provision of learning aids to schools including the Braille Training School and the National Association for the Blind.
- Training in information technology for young secondary school leavers
- Extra mural lessons for final year secondary school students
In addition to these, are investments in informal education for indigenes of host communities in a bid to create socio-economic impact in our host communities and across town impacted by our operations. Vocational skills training is given to young people in various trades of interest. Furthermore, they are empowered at the end of the trainings with tools and other resources to enable them start up on their own.
Improving literacy levels through National Literacy Competition
This initiative was conceived to complement host communities community development investments in education. It is a nation-wide competition and is organised organised in partnership with Ovie Brume Foundation and State Universal education Boards
The competition is focused on bridging the gap in the educational system where statistics reveal that there is a decline in literacy level.
In addition to this, Lafarge volunteers engage in reading sessions with primary school pupils with ages between 9 and 13.
Empowering and engaging the youth through Technical Apprenticeship/ Employability Programme:
The Technical Apprenticeship/ Employability Programme is designed for young secondary leavers who are intended to form the pipeline of future craftsmen in Nigerian Industry. The objective of the programme is to develop indigenous young school leavers by empowering them with skills that can help them chart a career path in life. The duration of the programme is from 1 -3 years.
Raising a world of helpers through Volunteering:
Lafarge Africa employees support its vision of building a stronger Nigeria by contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria. This is achieved through a pool of staff volunteers under the Lafarge Friends of Community platform. In 2015, staff volunteers dedicated over 2,500 hours to execute various community developmental projects across its operations.
Some of the activities supported by volunteers include school reading sessions to public primary school pupils, tree planting, health awareness sessions, train-the –trainers programmes, reach out to the less priviledged and embark on other societal developmental activities.
There is an evident commitment from employees to support the scheme which enables them express their values and the company’s core values, derive a sense of fulfilment and sense of purpose. Over 6,000 volunteering hours have been dedicated since 2013 when the programme was officially launched.
Bridging the Housing Gap through Affordable Housing:
Lafarge Africa Plc is committed to the support of bridging the housing gap in Nigeria by providing safe, innovative and efficient housing solutions. Our affordable housing solutions rest on the pillars of Housing Microfinance, Mass Housing and providing Soil Stabilised Bricks for Northern Nigeria. In partnership with strategic partners, concrete structures are delivered on a mass scale using Lafarge concrete and aluminum formworks.
Since its inception in 2013, microfinance scheme, Ile Irorun (Easy Home) has impacted over 15 beneficiaries across 10 states in Nigeria. In addition, tailor made projects are delivered to developers affordably and with consistent quality. Our model is to construct and supply carcass to mass housing projects to enable such customers to deliver quality homes to Nigerians.
Economic Empowerment through Poverty Eradication
Lafarge Africa Plc creates socio economic opportunities for young and middle aged indigenes to create and earn a sustainable living thus impacting the economy of the respective host communities.
Interventions in poverty eradication include:
- Vocational skill development
- Provision of tools such as sewing machines, grinding machines, motorcycles and tricycles etc to trained individuals
- Entrepreneurial training for individuals to start small and medium scale businesses.
In addition to this is the strategic arrangement with contractors and suppliers to engage community