Corporate governance

Saint-Gobain Group's operations are organized into three Sectors linked to the habitat, construction and industrial markets. Each is responsible for devising its own strategy at the international level. Thirteen General Delegations represent the Group in its host countries and coordinate the actions of the companies that operate there.

Group senior management

Management team

Saint-Gobain’s general strategy is defined by the Saint-Gobain Group senior management team, led by Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain. 

The corporate departments, which report to Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, include Human Resources, Finance, Research and Development, Corporate Planning, Legal and Tax Affairs, Communications, Internal Audit and Internal Control and Marketing.

Board of Directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to define the Group's main strategic objectives, monitor and ensure their proper implementation and control their management. 

As of June 3, 2016, the Board comprises 16 members, including five women representing 36% of the total (excluding directors representing employees).

In accordance with article L.225-37 of the French Commercial Code (Code de Commerce), Compagnie de Saint-Gobain refers to and complies with all the principles of corporate governance set out in the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code for French listed companies, except, until the General Meeting to be held on June 8, 2017, for the recommendation which prescribes a proportion of 40% women Directors (among elected Directors) on the Board. This proportion will be met following the General Meeting to be held in 2017, in compliance with French law applicable by then.

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Organized for Optimum Corporate Responsibility

Saint-Gobain’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer presents strategic corporate social responsibility objectives to the Board of Directors for review and approval. CSR issues are assigned to the Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. 

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

These three Departments notably interact with Purchasing, Marketing and R&D to ensure that the Group’s CSR objectives and policies are applied at the operating level. 

Lastly, the Corporate Communications Department helps familiarize all employees with the related challenges and makes the Group’s policy and initiatives known to stakeholders and the general public. The Investor Relations Department handles communication with financial analysts, investors and shareholders.

Certain subsidiaries have set up CSR steering committees to apply their specific objectives in line with the Group’s strategy, establish roadmaps and track progress on environmental and social issues.

Our priorities

  • Achieve operational excellence
  • Continue to improve CSR performance
  • Generate attractive shareholder returns
  • Maintain a solid financial position