Saint-Gobain Foundation

Set up in 2008, the Saint-Gobain Foundation carries out solidarity initiatives in France and abroad, in areas that relate to the Group's strategy. It relies on the commitment of Saint-Gobain's employees. Each project must be sponsored by one or more current or retired Saint-Gobain employees.

A commitment to solidarity championed by our employees

A Foundation reflecting our CSR policy

Solidarity is one of our Principles of Conduct and Action, hence a core value of Saint-Gobain Group. The Foundation, a concrete illustration, is integral to our policy of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Read our Principles of Conduct and Action.

Find out more on Saint-Gobain Foundation.

A Foundation reflecting our business sectors

The Foundation has two areas targeted for action:

  • Helping young people find jobs 
  • Building, improving or renovating social housing in the general interest and help make it energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

"Our ambition is to make attractive, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly habitat accessible to the greatest number of people. We believe that access to appealing and healthy homes have a social value. This a key factor in the occupational integration of the most disadvantaged people in our society." Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain 

Eligible projects must be sponsored by current or retired Saint-Gobain employees or a non-profit organization and must benefit marginalized or disadvantaged populations. They must be located near a Saint-Gobain site.

The Foundation provides financial support to the projects it selects. Companies in the Saint-Gobain Group may supply building materials and/or technical expertise. In some cases, an opportunity arises for local employees to get involved with the association leading the initiative and participate on a voluntary basis. The Foundation does not subsidize any association or organization whatsoever, but covers the cost of work, services and training.

Key figures

Between 2008 and 2017:

  • 148 projects supported (a Foundation commitment of 8.6 million euros) 
  • 148 sponsors (current or retired employees)
  • 115 associations supported

Documents to download:
Foundation Brochure
Foundation 2017 Annual Report

10 years of action

In 2018, the Saint-Gobain Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A great opportunitu to celebrate the sponsors, supporters and volunteers that are getting involved with the Foundation, but also to project into the future, with one ambition: broaden the scope of actions.
Donations in kind, sharing of expertise, solidarity team building events... There are lots of different ways to get involved with the Foundation.

To find out more, visit our dedicated website

Saint-Gobain Stories Discover our stories

Welcome with dignity
The “Agora” daytime support facility run by Emmaüs Solidarité in the heart of Paris (France), was officially opened on March 5, after 15 months’ work
Paris is a big city, life’s not easy here, and there are a lot of people who experience hardship.
Olivier Lecroart
Saint-Gobain Sponsor

Saint-Gobain Web review The webzine around our business

Andrésy : une maison flambant neuve pour les réfugiées tibétaines - Le Parisien

From - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 12:24
L’association la Pierre-Blanche, qui gère l’accueil des réfugiés tibétains, a restauré une maison grâce au financement de la fondation Saint-Gobain.

Prix du Ravalement de Versailles : le prix Spécial du Jury pour un immeuble de 11 logements sociaux

From - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 11:39
La ville de Versailles organise tous les ans, depuis 1983, le Prix du Ravalement, afin de remercier les professionnels participant à la restauration et à l’embellissement des façades des immeubles anciens du secteur sauvegardé de la ville. L’association Habitat et Humanisme, soutenue par Saint-Gobain Initiatives, a reçu le Prix Spécial du Jury, pour les travaux …

Saint-Gobain Foundation project in Poland

From - Tue, 12/07/2016 - 14:40

Thanks to the  support of the Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation, Saint-Gobain brands and Employees, attic of the tenement house in Warsaw has changed into 7 rotational apartments for the boys from the Youth Education Centre ‘Trampoline’ in Anin. The project is coordinated by Habitat for Humanity Poland Foundation.

Volunteers from different Saint-Gobain brands hand to hand with the beneficiaries of the project were helping with the finishing works. The Opening Ceremony of the apartments will take place on 13th July!

Building the Wolfson Centre / La construction du Wolfson Centre

From - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 15:33

Project with the Prince’s Trust to help young people find employment in Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Episode 2 / Projet avec Prince’s Trust pour l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes à Glasgow, en Ecosse (Royaume-Uni). Episode 2

Supporting and Skilling Young People / Soutenir et former les jeunes

From - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 15:32

Project with the Prince’s Trust to help young people find employment in Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Episode 1 / Projet avec Prince’s Trust pour l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes à Glasgow, en Ecosse (Royaume-Uni). Episode 1

La Pierre Blanche

From - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 15:32

Rénovation énergétique de deux maisons en région parisienne qui hébergent des personnes en grande précarité. / Energy efficient renovation of two houses to accomodate people in need, Paris area, France (in French only)

La Fondation Saint-Gobain Initiatives a financé l’acquisition d’outils pour la réalisation d’un centre d’assemblage de panneaux solaires dans un village près de Chennai (Inde)

From - Fri, 22/01/2016 - 15:27
La Fondation Saint-Gobain Initiatives a financé l’acquisition d’outils pour la réalisation d’un atelier d’assemblage de lampes et d’appareils électriques fonctionnant à l’énergie solaire dans un village près de Chennai (Inde) pour garantir à des familles rurales isolées l’accès à l’électricité courante. Le projet est porté par l’ONG Trust for Village Self Governance. Le responsable du projet, Rangasamy Elango, est à l’honneur dans le film « Demain » de Mélanie Laurent et Cyril Dion

Bande annonce du film « Demain » sorti le 2 décembre 2015 sur les écrans de cinéma :

Saint-Gobain supports the Habitat for Humanity Romania project at Ploiesti | News | The Diplomat Bucharest

From - Fri, 04/12/2015 - 14:44
Four low-income families from Ploiesti will have a new home, due to the supports offered by construction materials producer Saint-Gobain, as part of the company's involvement in the Habitat for Humanity Romania project.

Young homeless people get 'key to own home' in moving documentary -

From - Fri, 27/11/2015 - 15:19

A new documentary has been created which aims to show the real story behind the nature of Irish homelessness. The actual project to create these new homes cost over €100,000 and was funded by global construction materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain.

Un partenariat avec la Fondation St Gobain | ACTA VISTA

From - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 10:47

En ce premier septembre 2015, Acta Vista et la Fondation Saint-Gobain Initiatives ont signé une nouvelle convention de partenariat de mécénat, pour le projet de formation qualifiante de 16 jeunes, opérée sur la restauration de la Batterie de la Cride de Sanary sur Mer

Six young homeless people move into new apartments

From - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 16:02

Six young homeless people have moved into apartments on Pim Street near Marrowbone Lane, Dublin, organised by the Peter McVerry Trust. The apartments were renovated with €100,000 in funding from French insulation company Saint-Gobain.

Saint-Gobain Supports The Prince's Trust Wolfson Centre - YouTube

From - Mon, 18/05/2015 - 12:04
Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland is supporting the renovation and opening of a new Prince's Trust support centre in Scotland for disadvantaged young adults, donating £99,400 to the Wolfson Centre, Glasgow.
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