The Lhoist Sustainability Award offers our employees around the globe the opportunity to be recognized for the difference they make and contribute to a sustainable organizational culture. It also facilitates the exchange of best practices.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to sustainability and encourage submissions for the next edition. Ultimately success and progress are the sum of all efforts, whether large or small, local, or global.
Following the resounding success of the 2019 award, 190 projects relating to one or more of the three pillars of our sustainability journey were submitted in 2021. Forty of those projects were set up specifically to help our communities deal with the difficult context created by the coronavirus pandemic. The solidarity, commitment, and involvement of all our colleagues has been remarkable.
In 2021, the 4 winning projects across the 3 pillars were given special recognition by Senior Leaders within the Group:
Development of an in-house mobile safety app that allows users across our European organization to easily report safety hazards.
Category: People - Safety
Our Latin American division launched a program aiming at fostering an inclusive environment, raising awareness of the challenges women are facing in the mining industry, and providing development opportunities. Part of the program was the participation of our colleagues in “Women in Mining Brazil”, a partnership with the Mining Hub.
Category: People - Education and development
We signed a partnership with TotalEnergies Renouvelables France for the co-development of solar power plants on 11 Lhoist sites in France.
Category: Planet - Renewable electricity
Following collapses of coal ash ponds in the US, new regulations were enacted to close the ash ponds and remove the wet ash. The Lhoist North America team has developed a solution to use lime in order to transform the wet ash into a stable material, greatly improving safety when removing it.
Category: Profit - Circular economy