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
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
A reduction of harmful effects and noise on its building sites.
The constant improving of health and security conditions for its employees and