As the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, Saint-Gobain has a special responsibility to encourage sustainable construction in the face of such pressing issues as accelerated urbanization, worldwide population growth, declining natural resources and climate change. The Group takes part in discussions on energy efficiency in buildings and develops eco-innovative solutions with the goal of reducing products’ environmental impact in buildings by taking all lifecycle stages into account, both in new building and renovation projects.
Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing and distribution operations have an impact on the environment. The Group takes action to reduce these impacts to the minimum, both in its plants and during product shipment. Raw materials, waste, energy, water and biodiversity are major challenges for Saint-Gobain. Common policies and tools allow all the sites to make progress in these areas and share their experience.
Saint-Gobain’s human resources policy is designed to offer all employees a working environment in which they can thrive both personally and professionally, as this is a fundamental factor in well-being and performance in the workplace. To support employees’ growth, Saint-Gobain’s human resources policy has set four priorities within the OPEN program: professional mobility, team diversity, employee commitment and development of talent.
Wherever the Group is present, it is a major local player who contributes to the economic and social development of its host communities. Saint-Gobain's action is in line with a sustainable and shared benefit approach. The Group also supports community outreach initiatives as part of its general concern for the world around it and for the neighbors of Saint-Gobain sites, some of which were established many years ago. Employees play a key role, as can be seen in the projects they sponsor for the Saint-Gobain Initiatives International Corporate Foundation.