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LafargeHolcim is an official partner of the Women’s Forum, an international platform founded in 2005 looking at major social and economic issues from women’s perspectives. Every year in October, it organizes its Global Meeting in Deauville, France, which welcomes around 1,300 participants to give voice to leading women and men in politics, business, civil society and universities and discuss major issues in world events and gender diversity.
For the 2015 edition, a delegation of 23 women and 5 men from LafargeHolcim will participate in the event, attend conferences and meet leading women and men to discuss women’s contribution to society and business.
LafargeHolcim was born 3 months ago to address the challenges of a new world and create shared value with society. To support this aspiration, LafargeHolcim hosted a session called "Gimme shelter: Narrowing the affordable housing gap in the world’s cities" during this year’s edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, which took place on October 14-16.
In an introduction, Group CEO Eric Olsen explained why affordable housing is a global challenge and a key business priority for LafargeHolcim, as shown by the Group support to the World Habitat Day 2015 early October. “The challenge of providing housing for those living at the base of the economic pyramid is one of the biggest challenges of our times. Today, 1 billion people live in health and life threatening conditions, and this number will rise to more than 2 billion people by 2030 if we do not change the course of action”.
Eric Olsen also gave an overview of LafargeHolcim’s affordable housing approach and solutions to population growth and urbanization, which address access to financing, to construction assistance, to construction solutions and to quality materials.
The speakers for the session, experts François Perrot, Head of Affordable Housing at LafargeHolcim, and Aude Flogny, Deputy Director in charge of Operations in AFD, reflected on the approaches that could open affordable housing more and change the game. They also presented the LafargeHolcim-AFD partnership in Nigeria re-signed in July 2015, which allowed 10,000 people to benefit from 2,000 micro-loans for house construction.