In the midst of the ongoing Syrian civil war, French cement manufacturer Lafarge continued to operate a factory in northern Syria until 2014. To maintain their operations, the company paid millions of dollars to armed groups active in the region, including ISIS, smaller Islamist groups and Kurdish militias. This has led to legal and ethical implications for the cement manufacturer, as well as potential legal action against seven members of its management team and security department, as well as two Syrian middlemen.
Lafarge’s actions have raised serious concerns among both legal authorities and the public due to allegations of terrorist financing. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office is currently conducting an investigation into these allegations and continues to investigate crimes against humanity committed during this period. If legal proceedings were to proceed, they would shed light on these allegations and potentially lead to further consequences for Lafarge and those involved in its business operations in Syria.
The tarnished reputation of Lafarge is a result of its business practices in Syria, which have brought it under scrutiny from both legal authorities and the public. Efforts to remain operational in a volatile region where armed groups are active have had serious legal and ethical implications for the cement manufacturer. As such, it remains to be seen what consequences will arise from these allegations against Lafarge and those involved in its business operations in Syria.