Apart from the significant economic benefits we bring to rural communities through jobs, support for local traders, taxes, and charitable donations, we also boost the income of local farmers through sustainable agriculture projects and the procurement of residual agricultural biomass as an alternative fuel.
This goal has a focus on raising global well-being and health standards, including improving maternal and infant mortality rates, lowering disease rates and reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by road traffic accidents, and illnesses caused by pollution, poor sanitation and hazardous chemicals.
Our enhanced contribution
We contribute to this goal through the provision of decent housing, clean water and sanitation, affordable energy and accessible healthcare – all of which are vital components to health and wellbeing.
Health and safety is our core value, from the daily routines in our plants to our example on customers’ work sites and the actions we take in our communities. Our aspiration is to conduct our business with zero harm to people and to create a healthy and safe environment for our employees, contractors, communities, and customers.
With many employees living closer to our facilities than to the nearest hospital, we’re fulfilling our duty to support the health of our communities. We own and manage 66 health clinics across 18 countries and they serve nearly 250,000 of our employees’ dependents and other community members.
We drive a health and safety culture throughout our “Global H&S Days” involving employees and stakeholders at every level – managers, contractors, drivers, customers, suppliers, distributors and local communities. This is a period of strong mobilization for all our stakeholders to help us achieve our health and safety ambitions.
We are also comprehensively addressing road safety issues. Since the start of our road safety program we have reduced the number of road fatalities by 58% – a notable achievement considering that we cover over two billion kilometers per year and 100,000 trucks are on the road transporting our products at any given time.
An example of extended commitment to health is our project in Songwe, Tanzania, where we provide clean and safe water for household use. This helps reduce the number of cases of waterborne diseases. LafargeHolcim purchases the water from the local water supplier, treats the water at its plant and then distributes it to the community.
We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. LafargeHolcim is an equal opportunity employer and actively promotes diversity and makes no distinctions on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. In an industry traditionally not seen as attractive to females to pursue a career, we actively promote gender diversity through awareness training, recruitment campaigns, development programs and support groups. In our journey to increase the diversity of our workforce, we are pleased to see our efforts recognized through local or international acknowledgements, such as EDGE certification. Additionally, several countries have committed to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.
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