Lafarge's two East African companies, Bamburi Cement Ltd. in Kenya and Hima Cement Ltd. in Uganda, have both won environmental awards for their initiatives within their businesses and amongst local communities, thus contributing to setting environment and social standards in the area. They were given during the environmental days celebrated in June 2004.
In Kenya, Bamburi Cement Ltd. and Baobab Farm
In Kenya, Bamburi Cement Ltd. and Baobab Farm, its quarry rehabilitation subsidiary, won national awards for best environmental practices and the role they have played in conservation. "Bamburi had set a benchmark for environmental best practices for other industrial companies", said the Kenyan Minister of Environment, Newton Kulundu.
Finally, Bamburi was acknowledged for the hard work implemented to reduce dust and CO2 emissions.
Uganda, Hima Cement Ltd.
At the same time in Uganda, Hima Cement Ltd. was awarded a plaque "In recognition of the exemplary contribution to environment management". Hima was the only company to be awarded a plaque. The National Environment Authority particularly commended the efforts made towards reducing dust emissions which use to be a serious issue in the country. In addition, efforts at greening the plant and tree planting involving the community were seen as clear testimonies of the company's involvement in the local life.