The reasons for our commitment

For 350 years, Saint-Gobain has worked to develop relationships of trust with all of its stakeholders.

A foundation of solid values

The Principles of Conduct and Action

The values of the Group have been spelled out since 2003 in the Principles of Conduct and Action. Numerous initiatives are carried out to familiarize employees with the Principles of Conduct and Action. These include:

  • A brochure in the onboarding kit for new employees,
  • Specific training such as the “ADHERE” online training program for all employees,
  • Awareness-raising events, such as on-site awareness sessions, International Principles of Conduct and Action Day, events organized in the General Delegations and the International Environment, Health and Safety Day. 

Nine principles

The five Principles of Conduct are fundamental values that unite the entire Saint-Gobain community, from senior management to junior staff:

  1. Professional commitment
  2. Respect for others
  3. Integrity
  4. Loyalty
  5. Solidarity 

The four Principles of Action guide the actions of all corporate leaders and employees in the performance of their duties:

  1. Respect for the law
  2. Caring for the environment
  3. Compliance with workplace health and safety guidelines
  4. Respect for employee rights

Read the Principles brochure

Instructions on how to apply these principles have been prepared in the areas of Environment, Health and Safety and of Purchasing.

Read the Suppliers Charter (PDF)

Read the Environment, Health and Safety Charter (PDF)

The Principles refer explicitly to:

International commitments

The United Nations Global Compact

By joining the United Nations Global Compact in 2003, Saint-Gobain confirmed its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility in line with its Principles of Conduct and Action. 

In 2009, Saint-Gobain endorsed two documents related to the Global Compact:

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.

Applying our commitments

All Saint-Gobain employees are expected to comply with the Principles of Conduct and Action. This is the first requirement of the Group’s Compliance Program, launched in 2009 for all Saint-Gobain businesses and host countries. The Group’s Compliance Program includes four main components: responsible development, the Competition Law Plan, internal audit and internal control and compliance alerts system.

A cross-functional organization

Governance

The Board of Directors of Saint-Gobain has set up a dedicated Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee to address corporate social responsibility issues. 

The Board of Directors takes the Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee’s opinion into account when reviewing strategic corporate social responsibility objectives presented by Saint-Gobain’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for approval. 

The Strategy and CSR Committee is responsible for examining and identifying improvements to the Group’s business plan and ensuring that CSR issues are taken into account in defining the Group’s strategy.

For more information, read the Annual Report (PDF)

“CSR is a strategic issue. It is a source of opportunity for Saint-Gobain, as the leader in the sustainable habitat and construction markets, as well as a factor in reducing risk, creating value and bringing people together.”

Antoine Vignial, Corporate Secretary in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR systems and management programs

Saint-Gobain has set up the following cross-functional programs to deploy its CSR strategy:

  • Group Compliance Program,
  • Environmental, Health and Industrial Hygiene, and Safety (EHS) policy,
  • Human Resources policy,
  • Responsible Purchasing policy

Know more about CSR management programs.

Dialogue with stakeholders

The Group’s companies interact with numerous stakeholders. In each of its host regions, and for all existing or potential impacts, teams at both the corporate and local levels listen closely to stakeholder concerns and organize effective dialogue.

For more information, read the Corporate Social Responsibility Report (PDF)