LafargeHolcim admits to financing armed groups in Syria
LafargeHolcim conducted an internal investigation into a barrage of allegations made by various sources that it had been financing the campaigns of such groups in Syria.
The investigation revealed that employees of Lafarge, before it completed its merger with Holcim, had conducted deals with third parties which led to the channelling of funds to violent groups.
Syria has been engaged in a bloody civil war since 2011, with 250,000 estimated to have lost their lives and millions more being displaced.
"It appears from the investigation that the local company provided funds to third parties to work out arrangements with a number of these armed groups, including sanctioned parties, in order to maintain operations and ensure safe passage of employees and supplies to and from the plant," LafargeHolcim said in a statement. ■