Developing a sustainable supply chain to add value
A Lafarge case study

Page 1: Introduction

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Lafarge may not be a company name that you would quickly recognise but its products and expertise have helped to create some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects, including the M25 motorway, the Channel Tunnel, Canary Wharf in London and several UK power stations.The Lafarge Group is the world’s largest supplier of building materials and has a global reputation for developing...
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Page 2: Sectors of industry and sustainable supply chains

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Business activities may be classified by the type of production that takes place. All activities fall into one of the following three sectors of industry: Primary – involving the extraction of raw materials or the growing of crops Secondary – involving a transformation of raw materials into finished goods Tertiary – covering the provision of services. Since the C19th, the...
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Page 3: Primary sector

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Cement is a product that originally dates back to the Egyptians and Romans. However, since its ‘rediscovery’ in the C19th, it has been evolving in response to new technology and innovation resulting in the complex product of today. In a typical year, the UK mineral products industry contributes to the building of 160,000 new homes, improvements to water services and the maintenance...
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Page 4: Secondary sector

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A business will aim to add value (both financial and non-financial) as a product moves from inputs to outputs across the three sectors of industry.Globally Lafarge invests over 170 million Euros every year into research and development. This makes it one of the world’s leading research and development companies. This investment helps to provide ongoing innovation in its secondary sector...
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Page 5: Tertiary sector

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At the later stages of the supply chain, Lafarge’s activities in the tertiary (or service) sector range from transporting finished goods to providing a specialist advice and after-sales service for customers. This ensures they get the best use of the products.Lafarge supplies its products in large volumes to intermediaries, such as local authorities or building companies, where the...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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To generate the cement and concrete that the building industry needs, it is necessary to extract raw materials from the earth. In order to minimise the impact its activities have on the environment and create a sustainable business, Lafarge has put in place principles and best practices across its integrated supply chain.By focusing on re-use, recycling and reducing emissions in every stage...
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