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Sustainable Development

Environment

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

We believe that Lafarge Malayan Cement will only succeed in the long term if our actions respect the common interest. This means we must not only comply with laws but also conduct our businesses consistent with sustainable development principles.

At the same time, we must take into account the views and opinions of our stakeholders.

We are committed to the protection of the environment, human health and well being, to the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of nature.

Our objective is to ensure the continued improvement of our environmental performance. We aim to use energy and natural resources more efficiently, minimize the production of waste, harmful air emissions, and water discharges while seeking ways to preserve heritage, landscape and biological diversity. In order to implement this policy,

Lafarge Malayan Cement commits to:

Operations
  • Operate our facilities in a manner that meets local laws, standards and regulations and state of the art environmental management systems requirements.
  • Minimize the exposure of our employees and the communities we work in to environmental, health and safety risks by employing safe technologies and operating procedures.
  • Minimize the use of non-renewable resources and, where feasible and safe, replace them with substitute raw materials, alternative fuels or biomass.
  • Minimize the amount of hazardous and other wastes we generate, reuse and recycle materials where feasible and dispose of wastes using safe and responsible methods.
  • Implement programs to prevent accidental releases; have emergency response action programs in place at all sites.
  • Conduct environmental audits for all existing facilities on a routine schedule and in connection with all acquisitions and divestments.
  • Develop a rehabilitation plan for all quarry sites that responds to the needs and expectations of our stakeholders and, where feasible, fosters wildlife habitat creation and contributes to the conservation of endangered species.
Greenfield Site Development and Major Modification Projects
  • Carry out an environmental impacts study when selecting greenfield sites for development or developing major modification projects, and adhere to conditions required as a result of being in close proximity to protected areas or habitats.
  • Design and build our facilities in a manner that meets local laws, standards and regulations.
  • Facilitate the conservation of historical remains that are discovered during site development and quarry operations.
Resources, Training, Research
  • Provide adequate financial and human resources, employee training and awareness raising to facilitate continuous improvement in environmental performance.
  • Take the necessary steps, including sponsoring research, to improve our knowledge of the environmental impacts of our processes and products.
Procurement
  • Evaluate the environmental values and policies of subcontractor and supplier candidates as part of the selection process.
  • Require our subcontractors and suppliers to respect our environmental, health and safety values and comply with our policies and procedures when present on our premises.
Product Stewardship
  • Implement sustainability and product stewardship practices in the design, manufacturing, distribution and application of our products to enhance their contribution to sustainable construction, minimize their impact on human health and the environment, and limit the amount of wastes generated and disposed of.
Stakeholder relations
  • Provide our stakeholders routinely with environmental information about our operations and products in an open manner. We will solicit their feedback and encourage a candid dialogue. We will hold ourselves accountable to our stakeholders for our actions.
  • Cooperate pro-actively with legislators and regulators to evaluate the feasibility, impact, and cost/benefit of proposed laws, regulations and standards.
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Sustainable Development

Quality

Quality in our processes, products and services are key to our competitive edge in the industry. In this respect, our focus is on customers where we are guided continually by the Lafarge Malayan Cement Group Quality Policy.

Quality Policy

Our philosophy of focusing on customers is reflected in the Policy statement: “Fulfilling Customers Requirements With Excellence”.

We strive for high and consistent quality of our products, while at the same time keeping our production costs low and efficient.

Our customers will also be assured of prompt and reliable delivery service, as well as efficient handling of any complaints.

In all these areas of operations, we will continually comply with the requirements of MS ISO 9001:2000 quality management standards.

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Contributing to the Development of the Local Communities

A strong commitment to sustainable development is an integral part of Lafarge Malayan Cement’s long-term strategic goals. 

Social and environmental progress are given increasingly more consideration alongside the emphasis on economic growth. 

We want to be a responsible corporate citizen who can contribute to the development of the local communities in which we operate.  We want to do our part in preserving the environment

Two-way Communication with Communities

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Social dialogues are vital for Lafarge Malayan Cement to play a major role as a responsible corporate citizen.  We are constantly keeping in touch with the Government, associations and NGOs to discuss on ways to carry out activities that will reflect our increased commitment to the local communities. 

Each of our 4 Works organises at least 2 open days or dialogues a year for the local community and authorities. These forums enable us to update our neighbours on the operations and performance of our plants, to get feedback from them as well as to discuss issues of common interests. We also play host to many study groups.

Social Responsibility

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Since 1997, in line with its commitment to Corporate Social Responsbility, Lafarge Malayan Cement has embarked on a project known as Lafarge Malayan Cement Schools Project to promote educational and academic excellence among the local communities in the vicinity of its four plants across Malaysia – Rawang in Selangor. Kanthan in Perak, Pasir Gudang in Johor and Langkawi in Kedah.

Through this project, Bursaries are given to students from low income families and Excellence Awards given to outstanding ones from a total of 28 schools, amounting to about  RM135,000 per year.  Over the last 10 years, Lafarge Malayan Cement has helped over 1,500 deserving and needy students who have excelled in their UPSR and SPM examinations.  

In 2006, about 200 bursaries of RM400 and RM500 each and 81 excellence awards (in the form of cash and certificate) were granted to students covered in this project.

Care for the Environment

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On a global perspective, Lafarge works to protect the environment on four main fronts:

1. The battle to stop climate change;

2. The preservation of biodiversity;

3. The conservation of natural resources; and

4. The development of innovative approaches that promote a better respect for the environment. 

The environmental initiatives formulated by the parent company will become the guide for the direction of environmental management in Malaysia.  Among the initiatives undertaken are the successful completion of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project which substitutes alternative, biomass energy sources for fossil fuels in two of its cement plants in Malaysia, has been validated by the CDM Executive Board, in line with the framework established by the Kyoto Protocol. 

Registered on 7 April 2006, the CDM project was approved by Malaysian and French authorities.  It is the first CDM project of its kind to be registered by the cement industry.

The Malaysian project involves the substitution of a percentage of coal with a biomass alternative, Palm Kernel Shells (PKS), in the cement manufacturing process.  PKS are a waste product of Malaysia’s palm oil industy. By substituting PKS for coal, Lafarge is able to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 60,000 tons per year – equivalent of planting 4 million trees a year.