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Egypt launches initiative with Lafarge in Suez to support governorate against coronavirus

Doaa A.Moneim , Thursday 26 Mar 2020
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In line with the measures adopted by the state and its institutions to combat the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), Lafarge Egypt, a subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim Foundation, announced the launch of its initiative in the Suez governorate in cooperation with General Abdel-Meguid Saqr, the governor of Suez.

The Initiative provides thousands of protective masks, sanitisers, and gloves to support the needs of the governorate.

The motive behind the initiative is the belief that the private sector is a key partner in all aspects of development and that it must fulfil its corporate social responsibility towards its surrounding community. In fact, Lafarge Egypt’s goal is the protection of the health and safety of Suez families and youth.

During the initiative, Lafarge Egypt offered protective masks, gloves and sanitiser packages to Suez governorate. 

Solomon Baumgartner Aviles, chief executive officer of Lafarge Egypt, stated the importance of the private sector’s solidarity with the state in this unprecedented crisis. He thanked the governor of Suez for the tireless efforts to prevent the spread of infection.

He further explained that Lafarge Egypt is sparing no effort to be in full compliance with the instructions of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and has put measures in place to protect Lafarge Egypt’s employees, contractors, customers, suppliers, and communities, as well as to continue its operations.

He illustrated that the company has activated Business Resilience Teams (BRT) at country level in early January to ensure the readiness to respond to this challenge to maintain the safety of employees. 

Saqr praised Lafarge Egypt's support of Suez, saying this all institutions in society should play such role.

The governor of Suez further requested the nation to follow the government's orders so that the afflicted agencies can carry out their role and reduce the spread of the virus. He shed light on the fact that Egypt was one of the countries that undertook strong proactive measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

It is worth noting that corporate social responsibility is an essential part of Lafarge’s business strategy in the Egyptian market based on Lafarge’s global leadership in this field.

Among the most important projects carried out by the company is the Occupational Safety and Health Project that was launched back in 2016, and the launch of Geocycle, which works on waste management and recycling.

In addition to vocational training and qualifying the youth of the Suez Governorate for the labour market, as well as the health care hub, through the periodic caravans that the company provides.

Lafarge Holcim is a pioneer of construction materials production which provides innovative solutions to serve builders and architects worldwide. The company produces cement and prefabricated concrete used in construction projects ranging from small houses to major technically and architecturally complex infrastructure projects.

As urbanisation increasingly affects our world, the company offers innovative products and construction solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. Through its global position, LafargeHolcim employs around 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has an equally balanced portfolio of developing and developed markets. More information is available at www.lafargeholcim.com

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