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Why Lafarge Africa ranked 4th in 2019 Forbes Africa CSR rating

More facts have emerged on why Forbes Africa ranked Lafarge Africa the fourth-best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Company in Nigeria for the year 2019.

Whereas key terms relied upon by Forbes Africa Awards ranking is a culmination of impact assessments of over 910 organisations operating in Nigeria over the past thirteen years, Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development Director for Lafarge Africa, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, has given insights on the reasons behind the feat amongst other companies.

She said the feat is not only exciting the company, but has encouraged Lafarge Africa to do more.

Business Hilights gathered that the criteria for the selection include corporate participation and its recognition in national and international investments in CSR and Sustainability projects in the period under review.

The assessment also focused on the work of the organisation in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the number of stakeholders impacted by the programmes.

Explaining more, Ambrose-Medebem, said “Lafarge has become a global leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability and we are happy that our impacts are being recognised.

According to her, “Our CSR and Sustainability programmes are major part of our business. Our empowerment programme cuts across four cardinal areas of social intervention which include education, health, infrastructure development and other forms of support,” Ambrose-Medebem said.

In her further submission, she averred that “One of Lafarge Africa’s flagship CSR program is the National Literacy Competition, which is in its sixth edition.

“We introduced the Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition (LANLC) in 2014 to engage public primary school pupils across the country who display and improve their literacy skills by competing in literacy-related activities. Since its inception, the competition has impacted more than 700,000 pupils in 1,665 schools across 544 local government areas (LGAs),” Ambrose-Medebem disclosed.

It would be recalled that apart from its annual CSR for its host communities in Ogun, Cross Rivers and Gombe states which empowers hundreds of residents in the community, the Truck Driving Institute established by the company remains one of the best in Africa in churning our quality heavy-duty truck drivers.