We at Saint-Gobain

"The positioning of our Group with respect to  a market, to solutions for this market and to innovations has a direct impact on the way people work in the day-to-day business, it leads to new management methods and possibilities of working together."

Claire Pedini
Senior Vice President in charge of Human Resources, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

United Nations Global Compact

Saint-Gobain has been a member of the Global Compact of  the United Nations since 2003 and  signed the declaration in support of human rights in 2008.

The pact, which was concluded in July 2000, based upon an idea of the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, is an international initiative which several hundred companies, non-governmental organizations and civil organizations (trade unions, schools, UN agencies) have supported. In doing so, they undertake to comply with ten basic principles relating to the areas of human rights, working standards, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. On the basis of this international network, the aim is to jointly contribute to the development of a humane and sustainable economy.

In 2009 Saint-Gobain joined two further initiatives which supplement the Global Compact:
The Caring for Climate" initiative with the aim of tackling climate change , and the CEO Water Mandate for the protection of water resources as part of the "Millennium Development Goals" of the UN.

EHS

EHS is a management system which considers the individual systems E = Environment, H = Health, S = Safety holistically.

EHS is one of the pillars of sustainable development, which Saint-Gobain has committed itself to.

The EHS policy of the Saint-Gobain Group is based on Respect for human beings and their environment, which is associated with good economic performance.

The objectives of this policy are

  • the approach to the target of zero accidents
  • the approach to the target of zero occupational illnesses... and the maintenance of this level
  • to control risks and to prevent them
  • the reduction of the consumption of natural resources (raw materials, energy…)
  • the reduction of emissions into natural habitats and the reduction of the volume of waste
  • the pursuance of the Integrated Management System EHS

Personnel development

Process cycle of personnel development

Saint-Gobain dedicates several million hours annually to the further training of its employees. We are convinced that qualified and committed employees represent a key factor for the success of Saint-Gobain, therefore, we are consciously investing in their future.

​„Professional commitment is characterized by the regular and best possible use of one's own competences and acquired knowledge. This requires regular further training.“

(Abstract from the Principles of Conduct and Action of Saint-Gobain)​

Our objective: The development of our employees

... that means

  • making life-long learning possible
  • discovering and promoting employee potential
  • strengthening the company against the competition through high-achievers
  • to offer every employee individual development and career opportunities

Career & Family

The commitment of Saint-Gobain to a better reconciliation of work and family has steadily grown in importance in recent years.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Pampus GmbH is clearly committed to a better balance between work and family life. In addition to providing holiday support and flexible working time systems, many young fathers are already taking advantage of parental leave - we are delighted about this commitment. The reservation of occupancy places in the company kindergarten "Glückskinder Willich" is a logical step for the company. As a co-initiator of the idea of a municipal works nursery school, it is important to provide employees with the opportunity to know their children are being well looked after in the close proximity to the company's site. The nursery was opened in 2013.
Further information: www.glueckskinder-willich.de

Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH has also attached great importance to the compatibility of work and family life and the health of all employees. The programs "Toll!" And "Go!" have been introduced: they support the employees in establishing a balance between work and family life and actively promote their health. More about it at www.gobby.de

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Deutschland GmbH has created its own coordination centre for all measures aimed at improving the compatibility of work and family life. Among other things, all employees are provided with free, external employee advisory services by experts for all problems and questions of professional and private life.

Saint-Gobain ISOVER G + H AG is committed to the satisfaction, balance and good health of the employees, as these are important foundations of a zest for life and a successful career. In order to reconcile the individual needs of employees with regard to family life and workplace requirements, ISOVER offers a wide range of possibilities, such as the ISOFIT programme, flexible working time models and a family room for "Working with children". Further information at www.isover.de

Bei Saint-Gobain Sekurit Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG weiß man, nur wer seine Familie gut versorgt weiß, kann sich voll auf seine Arbeit konzentrieren. Deshalb unterstützt das Unternehmen die MitarbeiterInnen dabei, den vielfältigen familiären und beruflichen Interessen gerecht zu werden. Die Angebote reichen von flexiblen Arbeitszeiten über betriebsnaher Kinderbetreuung und Ferienspiele bis hin zu Beratungsmöglichkeiten sowie Vermittlung von haushaltsnahen Dienstleistungen. Weitere Informationen: www.saint-gobain-sekurit.de/karriere/arbeitenbeisekurit.html

For more than 10 years, Saint-Gobain has been offering its employees, via an external service provider, with advisory services on all aspects of life. More than 11,000 Saint-Gobain employees (and their families) in Germany can be offered free and anonymous advice there on health, legal, personal or professional issues.

Awards

Saint-Gobain is among the best employers in Germany.

Once again this year, Saint-Gobain was recognized as a Top National Employer by Focus Magazine!

In cooperation with Xing, the Kununu evaluation platform, as well as around 70,000 anonymous interviews, the news magazine Focus determines the top employers in Germany each year. The respondents answered more than 50 questions ranging from the specific equipment of the workplace, via promotion opportunities and management style through to the working environment. The question whether someone would recommend his company to friends and relatives as an employer played a decisive role..​

Top Employer

In 2018 Saint-Gobain was again chosen as one of the best employers. This year however all Saint-Gobain companies in Germany were awarded the "TOP-employer 2018" seal of excellence for their outstanding employer qualities. Worldwide, Saint-Gobain is known as a "TOP Employer 2018" in 31 countries.

Saint-Gobain is not only a worldwide leader in the design of sustainable living spaces and in the development, production and distribution of innovative building materials and high-performance materials; for many years now, Saint-Gobain has also been outstanding in terms of its employer qualities and its employee development. The TOP Employers Institute certifies Saint-Gobain as an employer with excellent personnel management and an outstanding personnel strategy.

In a total of 31 countries - including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium - Saint-Gobain has also been recognized as a "Top Employer Global 2018". This means that Saint-Gobain is one of 13 companies worldwide, which holds the global seal of approval from the Top Employers Institute.

Saint-Gobain is a Fair Company

​...that means:

  • we do not fill any full-time jobs with apprentices
  • we pay a fair wage/salary
  • we offer internships for professional orientation

"We want to bind young talent to us at an early stage and fairness is an integral part of our behavioral and action principles"
(Viola Neus, Saint-Gobain General Delegation, Personnel Development Manager for Germany & Austria)