Congratulations to the city of London which will be the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Lafarge has been proud to support the Paris 2012 bid and to bring its experience of an acknowledged responsible industrial player for sustainable development.
The Group pursues its commitment in the promotion of sustainable construction solutions.
The Olympic Games are the opportunity to stimulate major developments towards more durable construction methods, encouraging urban development that is respectful of the environment and mindful of social change.
Lafarge decided to contribute to the Paris bid to organize 2012 Olympic Games with its expertise and acknowledged experience as an responsible industrial player for the sustainable development.
Beside Lafarge, 19 international groups - Accenture, Accor, Airbus, Air France, Bouygues, Carrefour, Crédit Agricole, EDF, France Télécom, Gaz de France, Lagardère, LVMH, Publicis, RATP, Renault, Sanofi-Aventis, Sodexho, SUEZ et VediorBis – also joined the Corporate Club.
Paris, 21 December 2004 – Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, today joined the Paris 2012 Corporate Club, the group created to mobilize French companies behind Paris' bid to host the Games in 2012.
Lafarge joins 13 other major French companies - including Accenture, Accor, Airbus, Bouygues, Carrefour, Crédit Agricole, EDF, France Télécom, Lafarge, Lagardère, RATP, Renault, Suez and VediorBis - who are committed to supporting the French bid, and all together employ more than 2 million people.
Bernard Kasriel, Lafarge's General Manager, said:
“We are very happy to join the Paris 2012 Corporate Club. In addition to being a wonderful sporting and human adventure, the Olympic Games are also the opportunity to stimulate major developments towards more durable construction methods, encouraging urban development that is respectful of the environment and mindful of social change. This is our ambition as world leader in building materials: our long-standing commitment to the sustainable development plan that today we put to use for Paris 2012.”
Arnaud Lagardère, President of the Paris 2012 Corporate Club commented:
“In just a couple of weeks, the Corporate Club has welcomed three new Supporters: Airbus, Accenture and now Lafarge, increasing its membership to 14. The organisation of the Olympic Games is a great opportunity for France and its economy. The arrival of these new Supporters proves that we have created the right environment for a successful bid, and the objective of the Club now is to use all its members' expertise to help the Bid Committee achieve its aim: winning the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games.”
Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge employs 75,000 people in 75 countries. In 2003, the Group posted sales of €13.6 billion and operating profit on ordinary activities of €1.9 billion. The Lafarge Group stands for an approach of long term sustainable development and construction, which is both respectful of the environment and complementary to social progress beyond its own industrial plants.
The firm's sustainable efforts have already produced significant results through:
- A significant reduction of CO2 emissions in the production processes.
- The use of ecologically-friendly materials which minimize environmental impact, preserve natural resources, increase the use of recycled raw materials and reduce energy consumption.
- A reduction of harmful effects and noise on its building sites.
- The constant improving of health and security conditions for its employees and sub-contractors.