With a rich history of 350 years, Saint-Gobain has based its development on a set of values that are expressed on a daily basis.

Principles of Conduct and Action

The Saint-Gobain Principles of Conduct and Action form a set of core values that guide employees in their daily work and even in their conduct outside the Group. They are a requirement to belong to the Group.

Five Principles of Conduct

1. Professional commitment


2. Respect for others


3. Integrity


4. Loyalty


5. Solidarity


Four Principles of Action

1. Respect for the law

2. Caring for the environment

3. Compliance with workplace health and safety guidelines

4. Respect for employee rights

International commitments

United Nations Global Compact

In 2003, Saint-Gobain joined the United Nations Global Compact in line with its Principles of Conduct and Action. Furthering its commitment to the Global Compact, Saint-Gobain subsequently endorsed the UN’s:



At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in 2015, Saint-Gobain - official partner of the event - increased its commitment in combating climate change, agreeing to reduce its energy consumption by 15% and its total CO2 emissions by 20% by 2025, as well as decreasing industrial water waste by 80% in the next 10 years. Click here to see the commitments made by Saint-Gobain at COP21.

Human rights

In 2008, Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain, signed the UN declaration of management support for human rights. More than 150 companies have signed the declaration, initiated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Global Compact.

Setting the example

The Group expects exemplary conduct and practices from its teams, both in-house and outside the company. To ensure that the Principles of Conduct and Action and their related obligations are met, Saint-Gobain launched a Group Compliance Program for all its businesses in 2009

The Compliance Program includes four main components:

  • Responsible development

  • The Competition Law plan

  • Internal audit and internal control

  • A compliance alerts system

”The Group’s businesses must be conducted in a way that reflects our values.”

Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO

Commitment at the heart of our DNA

Being the reference for sustainable habitat means we have duties towards all our stakeholders: this is Saint-Gobain’s corporate social responsibility.

Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation

A corporate foundation involved in many acts

In 2008, Saint-Gobain created its international corporate foundation: Saint-Gobain Initiatives. It supports projects in three areas:

  • Job opportunities for young people in habitat-related professions

  • Construction or renovation of social housing, for general interest purposes

  • Energy efficiency and environmental protection in social housing

The Foundation finances work and contributes with technical expertises for the projects identified and sponsored by the Group’s employees and retirees.


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