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Lafarge, DEC reinforce integrity ties

LAFARGE Zambia Plc has cemented ties with the Drug Enforcement Commission to sensitise employees on the importance of integrity, transparency and collaboration with law enforcement agencies.

Speaking as he toured Lafarge’s Chilanga Plant as part of a training session for the company’s staff, DEC commissioner Musonda Simwayi commended the company for its “well-rounded health and safety procedures and employee training initiatives” that helped staff develop at a personal level and become upright members of the community.

In addition to the familiarisation tour, the DEC delegation carried out awareness training in collaboration with the Lafarge Health and Safety Department on the dangers of drug abuse and money laundering.

Lafarge Zambia chief executive officer Jimmy Khan thanked the Commission for partnering with the organisation in both the public and private sectors to enhance good corporate governance in the country.

“We have a longstanding relationship with the Commission and our employees have benefited greatly from the training sessions, which also include an element of health and wellbeing. We operate in an environment that involves heavy and constantly moving machinery daily, that requires our staff to be both alert and quick thinking on their feet,” Khan said.

According to the statement, Lafarge runs a full range of internal training programmes for all levels of staff on its code of business conduct that includes anti-bribery and corruption training, third-party due diligence, fair competition law, and conflict of interest elements.

Khan further noted that the willingness by the Commission to constantly communicate with stakeholders helped them keep up to date and align with the prevailing policies.

And Dr Simwayi said the DEC has taken a more proactive approach in meeting its mandate of promoting social welfare by working together with socially responsible corporate players like Lafarge, as well as the general public.

“…this is the journey that we have embarked on, and when we looked at Lafarge’s CSR activities, this excited the Commission and therefore we decided to visit the company to share ideas, and some of the activities that the Commission has embarked on,” said Dr Simwayi.

In addition to fighting money laundering and drug abuse, the Commission is mandated to disseminate educational information to members of the public as outlined in section 5 (d) of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances Act, Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.”

Also in the DEC delegation included the senior assistant commissioner for Lusaka Anderson Mbahwe, senior assistant commissioner for the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) Priscarol Besa, the assistant commissioner for the National Education Campaign Division Dr Isaac Masiye, and public relations officer Mathias Kamanga.

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