Learn more about the Group’s social responsibility performance.

Our reference guidelines

Principles of Conduct and Action

In the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Group’s fundamental values have been spelled out since 2003 in the Principles of Conduct and Action. The Principles explicitly refer to International Labor Organization ("ILO") conventions, OECD guidelines and the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery.

Principles Of Conduct

  • Professional commitment
  • Respect for others
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Solidarity

Principles Of Action

  • Respect for the law
  • Caring for the environment
  • Compliance with workplace health and safety guidelines
  • Respect for employee rights

International commitments

Saint-Gobain joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2003.

In January 2009, the Group endorsed two documents related to the Global Compact:

  • the Caring for Climate statement to address climate change
  • and the CEO Water mandate for Water Resource Protection as part of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

On December 10, 2008 – the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the Group signed the declaration of management support for human rights, an initiative organized by the United Nations.

CSR governance

Saint-Gobain’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer presents strategic sustainable development objectives to the Board of Directors for review and approval.

In late 2013, acting on a proposal from the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors decided to give the Strategy Committee responsibility for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues effective February 19, 2014. Following this extension of its terms of reference, the Committee is now known as the Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

The Corporate Secretary is responsible for leading Corporate Social Responsibility policy with support from the Responsible Development, Human Resources and Environment, and Health and Safety Departments.

Tracking performance


As of October 1, 2014, Saint-Gobain was included in the following indices:

  • STOXX® Global ESG Leaders.
  • Euronext Vigeo Europe 120 and Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120.
  • Ethibel ESI Excellence Europe. 
  • FTSE4Good
  • MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes
  • Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index France

Saint-Gobain reports to GRI A+ level

Learn about our CSR through our institutional documents 

2014 Annual Report

View our performance indicators

Performance Indicators

Grenelle II table

The United Nations Global Compact Progress Report