Science And Technology

Lafarge and Practical Action Host Sustainability Reporting Workshop for journalists


By Nyasha Mutena

Today, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe in partnership with Practical Action will host a full day Sustainability reporting workshop for Journalists from local media houses.

The one day workshop is aimed at equipping participants with in-depth insight into sustainability issues so as to further enhance the quality of reporting on this very important topic. It is expected that through this training, participants will be better placed to develop change influencing reportage on corporate and community sustainability issues. This will be done through objective and fact-based analysis into the impact of businesses and communities on the natural environment.

“This workshop is a first of a series that Lafarge will be convening in the coming years. As a corporate with a strong commitment to operating a sustainable business model in Zimbabwe, we believe that creating a platform for knowledge sharing on sustainable development with journalists will go a long way in influencing impactful sustainable business and social practices. The media fraternity has a key role to play in holding corporates and communities to account for their actions, while also celebrating the success stories of those who are leading in sustainable development,” said Tsungie Manyeza the Head of Communications for Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe.

Practical Action, believes in doing things differently by placing ingenious ideas to work so people in low income communities can change their world. The renowned development organization is reputed for influencing positive community transformation by working towards a vision for a world that works better for everyone. It is against this background that  Practical Action found this training programme a valuable investment towards the overall sustainable development narrative in Zimbabwe.

The training will be delivered by professional trainers and consultants who specialize in the various thematic areas listed for the workshop which include climate and energy, land and water, circular economies and strategic social investments. The Environmental Management Agency will also be part of the panel to give insight into the environment policy framework in Zimbabwe.

LafargeHolcim, the holding company of Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe, recently joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C,” becoming the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030, validated by SBTi. This commitment builds on LafargeHolcim’s leadership in green construction and the local subsidiary is making innovative strides to deliver on this long term target.

Sustainability continues to be at the heart of the manufacturing industry, and there has been a substantial increase in regulatory and community attention paid to the socio-economic and environmental impacts. As such the Lafarge and Practical Action training experience lined up for this year is set to hone sustainability reporting skills of journalists with a view to contribute to transformational change by providing new frames of reference in sustainable development.

As the world’s global leader in building solutions, LafargeHolcim is reinventing how the world builds to make it greener and smarter for all. On its way to becoming a net zero company, LafargeHolcim offers global solutions such as ECOPact, enabling carbon-neutral construction.

With its circular business model, the company is a global leader in recycling waste as a source of energy and raw materials through products like Susteno, its leading circular cement. Innovation and digitalization are at the core of the company’s strategy, with more than half of its R&D projects dedicated to greener solutions.

LafargeHolcim’s 70,000 employees are committed to improving quality of life across more than 70 markets through its four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is one the leading cement and allied products producers in Zimbabwe. The  now Swiss headquartered company was established in the country in 1956 first as Salisbury Portland Cement then owned by the United Kingdom based Associated Portland and Manufactures Association.

It was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 1980, and subsequently changed its name to Circle Cement in 1982 in line with the change in the holding company name to Blue Circle Industries Plc. Circle Cement officially changed its name to Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe in 2007 and relisted on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The company has made a tremendous contribution to the country’s construction industry.

Landmark construction projects in the country including the Kariba Dam, Cahora Bassa Dam, major high rising buildings and bridges were built its cement which attests to the fact that the company has a tried and tested product.

The company has recorded remarkable growth in the past few years and has two mining operations where limestone is extracted. These include Mbubu in Mashonaland East Province and Sternblick quarry in Harare. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe has an installed Plant Capacity of 500 000 tonnes per annum.