Saint-Gobain designs, produces and distributes solutions that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, including thermal insulation solutions that promote energy efficiency. The Group is also already making a significant contribution to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions on its construction, mobility and industry markets. With this commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Saint-Gobain goes one step further to reduce its own impact.The 2050 vision is critical to drive our medium and long-term investment policy as well as industrial roadmaps, R&D programs, or product development strategy.
- Saint-Gobain is one of the 127 companies in the world to be included in the 2018 Climate Change A List compiled by the international organization CDP. Since 2003, Saint-Gobain participates in the detailed annual CDP Climate Change report regarding companies and their involvement in fighting climate change. This acknowledgement, following on from 2016 and 2017’s A- rating, recognizes the Group’s involvement and commitment to transparence around climate change.
- No methodology has yet been published for setting emissions reduction targets for the construction industry. This item of data is essential for Saint-Gobain to position its contribution and its impacts, both positive and negative, on a 2°C or 1.5°C trajectory. This is why Saint-Gobain has mobilized and committed itself to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, jointly with other players in the construction value chain, and supported the CDP's “We MeanBusiness” campaign.
- In February 2018, the Group signed up to the “Science-Based Targets” approach, promoted by the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the WWF, which aims to ensure that companies align their green house gas emissions with the objective of the 2°C scenario.
- The Group is a member of 42 local Green Building Councils worldwide, a partner of the European network of GBCs (ERN), and chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the WorldGreen Building Council (WGBC). In 2018, Saint-Gobain provided active support for a number of WGBC campaigns, including
- Better Places for People, which promotes the quantification and understanding of the positive impacts of sustainable buildings on health and well-being;
- GreenMortgage, a European plan to define innovative solutions for financing energy renovation.
- Saint-Gobain belongs to the ETC (Energy Transition Commission), a group of 30 figures from the energy and climate community. Pierre-André de Chalendar is one of the commissioners. The aim of the ETC is to accelerate the move to a low-carbonenergy system that enables strong economic growth, while limiting global warming to levels well below 2°C. In November 2018, the ETC published are port entitled “Mission Possible: reaching net zero carbon emissions from harder-to-abate sectors by mid-century”.
- Saint-Gobain is committed to creating a low-carbon trajectory for the global construction industry and this is the reason it is a founder member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) and sits on its steering committee.
- Saint-Gobain is campaigning for the introduction of a carbon price. This carbon price should enable a transition which does not disrupt competition between different companies and countries.
- As part of the Global Climate Action Agenda, Saint-Gobain is a member of the Alliance of companies for water and climate change. This initiative supports the actions ofcities and watersheds involved in the sustainable management of water resources and adaptation to the consequences of climate change.
- Saint-Gobain up holds the recommendations of the G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
- Saint-Gobain has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact since 2003 and reports regularly on its progress at the Advanced level in the areas covered by the Global Compact, based on 21 criteria. Pierre-André de Chalendar is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Compact France. Saint-Gobain also encourages its partners, particularly its suppliers, to commit to the Global Compact's 10 principles.
- Likewise, Saint-Gobain pays particular attention to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), so as to make progress in evaluating the real impacts that companies can have in working towards a fairer, more sustainable world. The Goals also enable new multi-stakeholder partnerships to which companies, including Saint-Gobain, are committed both locally and globally, particularly onSDG 13 for the climate and SDG 8 to promote sustained, shared economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all as par tof the Global Deal.
- Saint-Gobain is a member company of the Transparency International France Forum. Thus, Saint-Gobain supports the association’s activities and has committed to rejecting and combatting corruption, in all its forms. Saint-Gobain also undertakes to make its best efforts to implement a solid prevention mechanism, inspired by the current best practices of the business world.
- Saint-Gobain has been a member of Entreprises pour l’Environnement (Businesses for the Environment, EpE) since the organization was founded. EpE is a grouping of around 40 major French and international companies representing all sectors of the economy, who are keen to address the environment more effectively in their strategic decisions and in the way they do business. Pierre-André de Chalendar was Epe’s Chairman from 2012 to 2015. In 2018, Saint-Gobain was involved in the ZEN2050 study“France working towards zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”. As a way of ensuring that it is closely involved in the ongoing national and international debate on the environment and sustainable development, and that it can share its experience in these areas as a manufacturer.
- Since 2016, Saint-Gobain has played an active role in the WBCSD, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. WBCSD is a worldwide grouping of 200 companies that deliberate on and develop solutions for a more sustainable world. Saint-Gobain has been a member of the WBCSD Board since 2017, with responsibility for “climate, energy, the circular economy, towns and cities, and mobility”. Since 2018, Saint-Gobain has been a member of the “Factor10” circular economy project.
Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.
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