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24 Apr 2017


LafargeHolcim concludes independent investigation into legacy Syria operations and issues summary of investigation findings

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[M]anagers of legacy Lafarge operations were alleged to have had dealings with certain armed groups and sanctioned parties at Lafarge’s plant in Syria...[LafargeHolcim's Board] commissioned an internal investigation...[and] concluded that [the CEO] was not responsible...[as well as that] LCS [Lafarge Cement Syria] used intermediaries...without regard to the identity of the groups involved...The combination of the war zone chaos and the “can-do” approach...may have caused [local management] to seriously misjudge the situation...inconsistent with Lafarge’s policies. Its compliance program...failed to prevent these breaches...There have been significant changes and developments made to the compliance program and infrastructure since...

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NGOs sue cement manufacturer Lafarge in France for alleged complicity in war crimes in Syria

Syria: Lafarge's internal investigation finds serious misjudgment & neglect in dealing with armed groups; CEO resigns

Lafarge lawsuit (re complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria)