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Company Response

10 Sep 2017

Author:
Grace Elazar, Holcim Lebanon

Holcim Lebanon responds to allegations regarding environmental abuse at its Chekka cement plant

…Our plant in Chekka follows the management system ISO14001:2017 for the environment. As such, we identify and assess our impacts, set targets to reduce them and work towards continuous improvement… We measure our stack emissions using an automated continuous emissions monitoring system that is verified and calibrated every year by an independent and certified third party. Fugitive dust measurements are taken weekly from 14 different points in the plant. We confirm our complete coordination with the Ministry of Environment...Emissions levels are compliant with the legal requirements and we strive to go beyond legal norms to achieve strict internal targets in accordance with the LafargeHolcim Group…We respect human rights and recognize the role of our business in influencing human rights not just in our direct operations, but also in the supply chain. Holcim Lebanon conducted human rights self-assessment according to the LafargeHolcim Human Rights Management Approach, which is based on the UNGC 10 principles…[O]ur plants are present in 90 countries in the world. Communities surrounding our sites have not reported higher incidents of cancer compared to other communities. We believe there is no evidence of increased risk for cancer in relation to cement exposure, and this belief is supported by internationally recognized research evidence…

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