Public positions


What is the role of the Group's public affairs and lobbying activities? To raise understanding of Lafarge's businesses and issues; anticipate stakeholders' expectations and regulatory changes; and demonstrate responsible sector leadership.

Lafarge's public position

Our positions in our 2009 sustainability report

Lafarge has taken position on diverse issues. To know more about them, you can refer to the 2009 Sustainability Report or see below:     

More responsible lobbying

In our view, responsible lobbying requires compliance with 3 major principles:

  • transparency, notably including the annual publication of our public positions,
  • regular dialog with our stakeholders,
  • conformity with our sustainable development commitments described in our Sustainability Ambitions 2012.


In early 2010 we published our Lobbying Charter. It marks our commitment to transparency and openness when it comes to our activities in the public sphere. The aim of the Charter is to define a framework for our lobbying activities at all levels of the organization. The text lists undertakings to enable transparency and compliance, as well as information and communication in coordination within our internal network. It has been enriched through comments from our stakeholder panel and Transparency International.



Two panels of experts
Lafarge has set up 2 panels giving it critical insight into the Group's sustainable reporting. The stakeholders panel was set up in 2003. Its members encourage the Group's senior managers to improve its sustainable development performance and management. The advisory panel on biodiversity set up in 2006 aims to help the Group define its strategy in relation to biodiversity.    

Working with our trade organizations

Working with our trade organizations


Lafarge is a member of trade associations at international, national and local levels and seeks to encourage the engagement of our industry as a whole with external stakeholders.

We seek to act together wherever possible, producing coordinated action on sustainability and other issues.


For example, we are an active member and support Cembureau, the EU cement association, which voted 95% in favor of a clinker benchmark for Phase 3 of the EU-ETS (2013-2020).