Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation

Set up in 2008, the Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation carries out solidarity initiatives in France and abroad, in areas that relate to our habitat 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).

"I started doing fund-raising work for Habitat for Humanity Romania when the country was still unfamiliar with the concept of CSR.  Saint-Gobain's initiatives helped generalize the idea. I remember our first local partnership, which called for insulating 27 houses. Later, we collaborated with Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation and carried out two building projects for local communities." 

Mario Demezzo, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Romania

Read our Principles of Conduct and Action.

Find out more about our CSR commitments.

Find out more on Saint-Gobain Foundation.

A Foundation reflecting our business sectors

For a project to be eligible, it must be in one of 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:

  • 144 projects supported (a Foundation commitment of 8.5 million euros) 
  • 166 sponsors (current or retired employees)
  • 123 associations supported

Networking at all levels within the Group


The Board of Directors of the Foundation sets general policy and defines the main areas for action. Chaired by  Pierre-André de Chalendar, it has 15 members including two employee representatives and five experts from the construction, architecture and occupational integration sectors.

Foundation decisions are made collectively. Two committees, composed of experts and executives from the Group, review the applications:

  • The Selection Committee gives an opinion
  • The Executive Board makes the final decision and sets the amount of financial support, if any.

A coordinating team monitors the projects and performs the routine administrative tasks needed to run the Foundation. 

A network of ambassadors

A network of "ambassadors" has been set up to help the Foundation expand its action. The following are eligible:

  • Project sponsors 
  • Experts or volunteers that have worked on a project 
  • Managers at production or distribution sites that have donated materials 
  • Members of the Selection Committee or Executive Board 
  • Local communication or HR officers
  • Any individual wishing to contribute to the life of the Foundation.

Ambassadors actively promote the Foundation within their spheres of responsibility and influence, help find local sponsors and experts, and share best practices and information that could help the Foundation expand or its projects run smoothly. 

See playlist of Foundation project videos.

Find out about many projects worldwide and in the Foundation's presentation brochure.

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

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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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