Cookies policy

 

Cookie usage policy

This page sets out the cookie policy of LafargeHolcim Ltd (“we”, “us” and “our”) and explains how we use cookies on our website (www.lafargeholcim.com). We may amend our cookie policy at any time and all changes will be made on this page. The changes will take effect once they have been posted on the website. Therefore, you should review these terms on a regular basis. We also invite you to read our legal notice.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers, which are transferred to your computer's hard drive or mobile device when you visit the website. The cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are mostly used to allow websites to function, or to function more efficiently, as well as to provide information to website owners. Above all, cookies allow identification of your device.

Use of cookies

LafargeHolcim uses cookies for many different reasons. We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration purposes. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns and does not identify you as an individual. If you agree, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file. The website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of the website. This helps us to deliver a better and more personalised service to you when you browse the website and also allows us to improve the website. Generally, there are two main categories of cookies: Functional cookies and performance cookies. Functional cookies respond to technical requirements. They are required for an effective and secure connection to a website. Performance cookies improve browsing by recording some of your preferences for easier, faster and more user-friendly browsing. These cookies are also used for statistical purposes. 

These cookies may have a different source, function and lifespan.

  • Direct cookies: refers to cookies placed by LafargeHolcim when visiting its website which can only be read by the LafargeHolcim site
  • Indirect cookies: refers to cookies placed by third parties when visiting the website, for example cookies placed by social media sites
  • Functional cookies: ensure that the website works correctly (e.g. login, registration and language preference cookies) or make it possible to supply services explicitly requested by web-users. Functional cookies are direct cookies.
  • Performance cookies: are placed on the website for statistical, social and commercial purposes or in order to create a general user profile. Performance cookies can be direct or indirect.
    • Cookies placed for statistical purposes provide information about the pages visited on the website and the location of the computer (Google Analytics etc.)
    • Cookies placed for social purposes allow web-users to share the content of the website visited on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Permanent cookies: remain on your hard drive for a pre-determined time or until you delete them
  • Session cookies (or temporary cookies): simplify your actions during a browsing session. All session cookies are deleted once you close your browser. Session cookies are generally functional.

What type of cookies does LafargeHolcim use?

LafargeHolcim is always looking for new ways to improve its website and improve the service it offers you. LafargeHolcim uses cookies to improve the use and functionality of its website and to gain a better understanding of how you use it.

Strictly necessary cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are required for website to work properly, and enable you to move around the websites and use the services and features. Disabling these cookies will reduce performance and may make these services and features unavailable. Strictly Necessary Cookies are used to collect session ID and authentication data. They are “session” cookies, which expire when you close your browser session.

Host Name Description
Lifespan
.integrity.lafargeholcim.com PHPSESSID

Strictly necessary cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages.

Session
integrity.lafargeholcim.com PHPSESSID

Strictly necessary cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages.

Session

First party cookies

Cookies are created every time a user accesses a website. First-party cookies are created by the website a user visits directly. A first-party cookie refers to a cookie created by the domain that a web user is visiting. When a user clicks on lafargeholcim.com from a web browser, that browser sends a web request in the first context, a process which entails a high level of trust that the user is directly interacting with lafargeholcim.com. The web browser subsequently saves this data file to the user’s computer under the “lafargeholcim.com” domain.

Host Name Description
Lifespan
.integrity.lafargeholcim.com ReadSpeakerSettings

First party cookie.

Session 

ntegrity.lafargeholcim.com SESSIONPROTECT

First party cookie.

Session 

.integrity.lafargeholcim.com SESSIONPROTECT

First party cookie.

Session 

Third-party cookies

Cookies created by domains other than the one you are visiting directly, hence the name third-party. They are used for cross-site tracking, retargeting and ad-serving.

Host Name Description
Lifespan
irs.tools.investis.com AWSELB

Third party cookie

Session

Functional cookies

LafargeHolcim uses functional cookies, required for the proper functioning of its website and which do not identify you personally. Cookies make the site's functioning more user-friendly and offer you a more personalized online experience. Below you will find an overview and more information concerning the functional cookies we place.

Host Name Description
Lifespan
www.lafargeholcim.com has_js

Functional cookie most commonly associated with the Drupal content management system. Drupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitor`s browser has JavaScript enabled.

Session

www.lafargeholcim.com ReadSpeakerHL

Functional cookie associated with software from Netherlands based ReadSpeaker. It supports functionality to convert text on a website into speech.

39 minutes
www.lafargeholcim.com __atuvs

Functional cookie associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.

30 minutes
www.lafargeholcim.com __atuvc

Functional cookie associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.

a year

Performance cookies

LafargeHolcim uses performance cookies to collect information about your use of the website in order to improve the content and increase its ease of use. Below you will find an overview and more information concerning the functional and performance cookies we use:

Host Name Description
Lifespan
.lafargeholcim.com _ga

Performance cookie associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

Statistical cookie: click here.

To deactivate it, download the Google tool: click here

2 years

.lafargeholcim.com _gat

Performance cookie associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

a few seconds
.lafargeholcim.com _gid

Performance cookie associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

a day

 

Targeting cookies

These cookies are set through our site by advertising parties. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. They work by uniquely identifying your browser and device.
 

Advertising Cookies

Third-party cookies are used for all ad retargeting and behavioral advertising. By adding tags to a page, advertisers can track a user or their device across different websites. That helps build a profile of the user based on their habits, so messages can be better targeted to their interests. Cookies from social networks allow you to share our site's content and your opinion on it with others, e.g. "Share" and "Like" application buttons, from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viadeo, etc. The social network which supplies these application buttons can identify you using this button, even if you have not clicked on it while browsing our site. This is because some cookies allow the social network concerned to track your browsing of our site if the social network is activated on your device while browsing our site. We have no control over the processes used by social networks to collect information about your browsing of our website. Please check the relevant social networks' personal data protection policies. These give you certain confidentiality options in relation to social networks, particularly by configuring your account settings with each network. The length of time third-party cookies, such as cookies from social networks, are retained can be amended at any time before LafargeHolcim receives the information. Once LafargeHolcim has been informed, changes to duration will be indicated within this policy.

Host Name Description
Lifespan
.addthis.com loc

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by AddThis. AddThis provides web widgets that site owners embed into their pages or other content to enable visitors to create and share links to the content across social networks. They also make use of the data collected to provide advertisers and marketers with profile information for targeted behavioral advertising. Stores the visitors geolocation to record location of sharer.

a year

.addthis.com uvc

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by AddThis. AddThis provides web widgets that site owners embed into their pages or other content to enable visitors to create and share links to the content across social networks. They also make use of the data collected to provide advertisers and marketers with profile information for targeted behavioral advertising. Tracks how often a user interacts with AddThis

a year
.doubleclick.net IDE

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange.

7980 years
.doubleclick.net id

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange.

2 months

.facebook.com datr

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. This cookie identifies the browser connecting to Facebook. It is not directly tied to individual Facebook the user. Facebook reports that it is used to help with security and suspicious login activity, especially around detection of bots trying to access the service. Facebook also say the behavioural profile associated with each datr cookie is deleted after 10 days. This cookie is also read via Like and other Facebook buttons and tags placed on many different websites.

2 months
.facebook.com fr.

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Contains browser and user unique ID combinaton, used for targeted advertising.

3 monhs

.facebook.com lu

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Used to manage the login process, remembers user on return visit if they choose to stay logged in.

2 months

.google.com APISID

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.

2 months
.google.com SSID

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.

2 months

.google.com HSID

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time.

2 months

.m.youtube.com LOGIN_INFO

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7890 years
.twitter.com auth_token

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

14 years

.twitter.com twll

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

4 years

.twitter.com secure_session

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

1 years
.twitter.com guest_id

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

2 months
.twitter.com __utma

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting.

2 months
.twitter.com remember_checked

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

4 years

.twitter.com remember_checked_on

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting.

4 years
.www.youtube.com LOGIN_INFO

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years

.www.youtube.com

SID

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.

7980 years

.www.youtube.com HSID

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time.

7980 years
.www.youtube.com VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos.

6 months
.www.youtube.com PREF

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This is a common Google cookie, used across several of their services. Stores user preference, can be used to personalise ads on google searches.

4 years

.www.youtube.com APISID

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years
.www.youtube.com GPS

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

27 minutes
.www.youtube.com SSID

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years

.www.youtube.com LOGIN_INFO

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years
.www.youtube.com YSC

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

Session
.www.youtube.com SAPISID

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years
cdn.syndication.twimg.com lang

Advertising Cookie. This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

Session
m.youtube.com LOGIN_INFO

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years
www.youtube.com LOGIN_INFO

Advertising Cookie. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

7980 years

Configuring your browser's parameters

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to block the setting of all or some cookies. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit the website. If you have blocked all or some cookies, it is possible that the website will no longer function correctly or that you will not have access to some parts of the site, for which we cannot be held liable.

How to opt out of cookies and targeted advertising (ad retargeting)

Opting out of cookies and targeted advertising

To opt out of retargeted ads on Google, please refer to Google's help article: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en-GB

To block Google Analytics tracking in your browser, you can install this Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/

You can find out more information about how to opt out of interest based advertising at these links: www.networkadvertising.org/choices www.aboutads.info/choices

Disabling cookies In your browser

You may be able to disable cookies by using your browser settings. We have included information below for some commonly used web browsers:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

You may also be able to use Incognito browsing mode, if your browser offers the functionality, which may prevent some cookies from being saved to your device.

Updates to the cookies policy

We reserve the right to make any changes to this policy, particularly in response to legislative requirements.

To exercise your right to query, access and amend your personal data, you can contact us by email at privacy.lh@lafargeholcim.com