United Nations recognizes LafargeHolcim’s responsible business practices in Madagascar and the Philippines

The United Nations Global Compact, of which LafargeHolcim is a signatory, and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) strive to extensively promote responsible business practices and economic development in troubled regions. In 2013, LafargeHolcim Madagascar and LafargeHolcim Philippines were featured in a report on best practices in high-risk areas.

 

Objective

  • Promote and increase awareness of responsible business practices and economic development in troubled regions

Summary

The UN Global Compact and PRI have been developing their “Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.” As part of an expert group, LafargeHolcim Madagascar and LafargeHolcim Philippines implemented the guidance and were later featured in a report that follows this initiative’s progress.
 
LafargeHolcim Madagascar implemented a comprehensive child protection corporate policy, which aims to:

  • promote children’s rights through CSR actions,
  • support UNICEF initiatives to tackle the root causes of the issue,
  • ensure that child labor is never used at any point in LafargeHolcim Madagascar’s supply chain,
  • raise awareness of the devastating effects of child labor,
  • enhance children’s living conditions by promoting infrastructure improvement. 

LafargeHolcim Philippines implemented a strict policy on managing security services, which aims to:

  • prohibit firearms for its security guards,
  • improve security contractor selection,
  • intensify dialog with local communities and the police.

Results 

LafargeHolcim Madagascar: best practices on combating child labor
A year after implementing the policy, an impact assessment was carried out, confirming the approach’s effectiveness and viability. A UNICEF campaign supported by LafargeHolcim Madagascar has since built three sanitary complexes and is working to construct an eco-friendly school.
 
LafargeHolcim Philippines: best practices on managing security services
LafargeHolcim Philippines was cited for its best practices on managing its security services. Whereas armed security guards are considered the norm in many areas of the Philippines, the no-firearms policy has increased safety for LafargeHolcim Philippines’ employees and facilities, as arms are often magnets for potential attackers. Since implementing the approach, firearms-related incidents have been effectively prevented.

 
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