Saint-Gobain encourages sustainable construction and develops innovative solutions for new and renovated buildings that are energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and esthetically superior, while at the same time protecting natural resources.
In industrialized nations, the building industry alone accounts for around 40% of energy consumption and 38% of greenhouse gas emissions.
HOW WE APPROACH CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
AS A SOLUTIONS PROVIDER
Saint-Gobain is the world leader in the habitat and construction markets. We develop and deliver products that improve the performance of buildings and enhance the living and working environment. They are designed to meet the needs of today’s society, without impacting negatively on tomorrow’s world. Almost a third of our sales are for products that directly benefit the environment; primarily through improved energy efficiency.
AS A RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
The focus of operation for our manufacturing and distribution businesses is to respect people’s rights and opportunities, while also protecting the planet. By minimising the depletion of natural resources, improving recycling and the recovery of materials and ensuring the health and welfare of our employees we are able to positively influence the acceptance of sustainable best practice in these areas. Because of our size and reach, this is true not just in our own businesses. Through education, training, advocacy and eco-innovation we are able to move the sustainability agenda forward with our own suppliers and customers.
Saint-Gobain is committed to providing customers with real added value by developing and distributing innovative products that have little environmental impact across their full life cycle. In order to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with any product throughout its entire life cycle we use the tool Life Cycle Assessment, LCA.
Although not solely intended to do so, three important declarations encourage companies to consider sustainability when developing and manufacturing materials and products. Having a large focus on environment and climate issues in particular, Saint-Gobain aims to comply with the requirements of these declarations for every relevant product.
Making buildings more energy efficient is at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s strategy. A “green design” approach not only has a positive impact on public health and the environment, it also reduces operating costs and helps create a sustainable community. Therefore, Saint-Gobain actively supports, and makes use of, leading certifications that promote sustainability.