Innovations, Sustainability and Comfort: The three pillars of Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Saint-Gobain’s brand portfolio includes Rigips, Isover insulating materials, Sekurit automotive glass, Saint-Gobain Glass, the builders' merchants Raab Karcher and many more.

Facts and Figures

Saint-Gobain worldwide in 2017

  • € 40.8 bn sales
  • More than 179,000 employees
  • Locations in over 67 countries
  • More than 390 patents registered in 2016
  • Among the world's top 100 most innovative companies for seven years in a row

 

Saint-Gobain in Germany 2016

  • €4.06 bn sales
  • Over 14,500 employees
  • Innovative Materials Sector with products such as flat glass, ceramics & plastics, abrasives, strengthening: 30% of sales
  • Construction Products Sector with products like insulating materials, plaster, mortars, cast-iron pipes: 24% of sales
  • Building Distribution Sector with 220 branches: 46% of sales

Organisational structure of Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain is organized in a matrix structure. The Group headquarters in Paris is responsible for the worldwide strategy and the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Research and Development, Legal and Tax, Corporate Planning, Internal Audit and Business Control, Marketing and Communication.

The business is divided into the three main divisions Innovative Materials, Construction Products and Building Distribution. They define the global strategy for the individual activities and manage the operative business. Regionally, the General Delegations coordinate the business – between the individual subsidiaries as well as between the different sectors in their territory.

General Delegations of Saint-Gobain

  • Asia, Pacific
  • Brazil, Argentina and Chile
  • Central Europe
  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Eastern Adriatic countries
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
  • Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru
  • Nordic Countries and Baltic States
  • North America
  • Poland, Ukraine, CIS Countries
  • Middle East
  • Mediterranean
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland

The principles of Saint-Gobain

Self-perception and entrepreneurial activities of Saint-Gobain are based on uniform binding Principles of Conduct and Action that apply to all employees of the Group and integrate them into a community.

Professional Commitment

At Saint-Gobain, professional engagement means a high level of effort in the day-to-day business life and continuous personal development - activities where every employee takes into consideration additional values such as environmental protection and health and safety at work.

Respect for others

Respect for the diversity of ways of life, nationalities and cultures is a principle adopted around the world by Saint-Gobain. The best example of this is the open global communication between our employees.

Integrity

Integrity means an absolute honesty that strictly separates personal from professional interests. This applies both within the Group and in cooperation with external partners.

Loyalty

For Saint-Gobain, loyalty means the sincere, fair approach of the employees to superiors, colleagues and external partners in all situations.

Solidarity

The practice of solidarity at Saint-Gobain creates constructive teamwork in which colleagues support each other. Our company rejects work practices or processes that primarily serve personal interests.

Respect for the law

The Group companies comply in all respects with the legal provisions and regulations applicable in the country or countries in which they operate.

Prohibited, in particular, are:

  • Violations of competition law
  • Financing of political parties or other political activities
  • Active and passive corruption
  • Exploitation of legal loopholes

Caring for the environment

The companies in the Saint-Gobain Group are active in the area of environmental protection, among other things through the definition of measurable and controllable environmental targets for the production facilities at all sites. The most important environmental indicators are to be adjusted to the level of comparable plants of the Group. Ideally, these exceed the requirements of local law.

Worker health and safety

The Group's companies ensure optimal health and safety at work. A consistently implemented and constantly reviewed policy of avoiding risks protects both our own employees as well as the employees of third-party companies insofar as they work on the Group's production facilities. The most important health and safety indicators for the production equipment are to be adjusted to the level of comparable production plants of the Group. Ideally, these exceed the requirements of local legislation.

Employee rights

The Group's companies pay close attention to compliance with employee rights. They promote an active dialogue with their employees.

The following, in particular, are prohibited:

  • Forced and child labour, both directly and indirectly through third-party companies
  • Discriminatory behaviour in selection procedures and recruitment, in everyday work and on termination of the employment relationship

Compliance

The Purchasing Charter specifies the behavioral and operational principles Principles of Conduct and Action of the Saint-Gobain Group with guidelines for the area of purchasing. In addition, our Compliance Charter serves as the basis for legally and ethically impeccable action.

Sustainability, environmental protection and commitment

Committed to social responsibility: Main points of the CSR of Saint-Gobain.

As a world market leader in the design of sustainable living spaces, Saint-Gobain feels it has a particular commitment to social responsibility. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has four key areas: sustainability, environmental protection, employees and social issues.

Sustainability

Saint-Gobain promotes sustainable construction - with a focus on energy efficiency in buildings as well as the development of ecological, innovative solutions and systems. In the development of products, we take into account environmental impacts at every stage of the life cycle.

Environmental protection

On the basis of Group-wide binding requirements, Saint-Gobain reduces the environmental impacts of production and logistics worldwide to a minimum, while cutting as far as possible the use of resources. In the fight against climate change, our companies will reduce energy consumption by 15% by 2025 and CO2 emissions by 20%. Saint-Gobain supports renewable energies and recycling.

Employees

Saint-Gobain offers all employees a work environment in which they can develop their creativity and performance potential, among other things, through further training. An exemplary management, social dialogue, respectful co-operation and work-life balance create a positive working environment.

In the context of the OPEN program (Our People in an Empowering Network), Saint-Gobain promotes professional mobility, diversity in individual teams and throughout the company, the commitment of employees and the development of our talents.

Social

At its locations, Saint-Gobain makes a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the local environment - with socially sustainable activities and projects that benefit all those who are involved. Our employees, thereby, play a central role by proposing projects and sponsoring social activities. Since 2008, the Saint-Gobain Initiative Foundation has been bundling our global social projects under one roof. The foundation has three core tasks:

  • Support of young people in vocational training
  • Building and renovation projects for persons in emergency situations
  • Projects for greater energy efficiency and environmental protection in public housing