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A glance at our key initiatives & innovation of the year in enhancing the well-being of all on Earth and beyond. #MISSIONTOEARTH

We made a commitment in September 2019, under the aegis of the United Nations, to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050. We have been fighting to reduce our carbon footprint for many years.

Like our Multi-Comfort student competition did this year in Milan, we are reinventing cities to make them more pleasant, useful and sustainable spaces.

In Eindhoven, Project Milestone is the first commercial housing project using 3D printing. By exploring the future of construction, and by innovating today's materials, our impact is always concrete.

We are proud to participate in projects that reflect the talent and energy of our teams: innovative, such as the Qatar National Museum, and dedicated, such as the Saint-Gobain Foundation.

It is thanks to the knowledge and commitment of our employees and partners that we will be able to build the world of tomorrow. Here in Kazan, 42 brilliant craftsmen distinguished themselves during the WorldSkills competition.

Our leitmotiv: to be close to our customers, partners and society. A great example is the opening of the innovative flagship outlet for our distribution brand POINT.P in Javel, Paris.

As demonstrated by our recent agreement to acquire Continental Building Products, the closing of which is expected in the second half of 2020, we are committed to pursuing our ambitious growth strategy.

In São Paulo, the InPulse intrapreneurship program has generated unprecedented passion among our employees and our network. Encouraging entrepreneurial spirit, stimulating creativity, accelerating open-innovation - this is our daily state of mind.

Building a sustainable future and improving everybody's well-being: our #MISSIONTOEARTH guided our actions more than ever in 2019. We are proud of the past year, and ready for 2020!

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Net Zero carbon objective

Net Zero carbon by 2050: Day 1 for Saint-Gobain

Net Zero carbon by 2050: Day 1 for Saint-Gobain

Our commitment to tackling climate change is well known. Our solutions are already making a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gases on our markets. On September 23rd, we made a commitment to go even further.

Read Pierre-André de Chalendar's pledge
Making the Industry part of the solution

Making the Industry part of the solution

Limiting energy waste, preserving natural resources and reducing environmental impact... these are the promises of sustainable plants like our one in Eslöv, Sweden, which now recovers 100% of its waste.

Read our story
Raising awareness of carbon emissions issues

Raising awareness of carbon emissions issues

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions has become central on all our markets. That's why we supported the World Green Building Week - one of the most effective means to achieving this goal in the construction field.

Listen to our podcast
Reimagining transport

Reimagining transport

In Brazil, Isover and Brasilit teamed up to ship materials together. Whether it is bicycle delivery, clean truck fleets, or river transport… the solutions are there!

Discover more initiatives

Imagine the life of tomorrow

Working for and with future generations

Working for and with future generations

For the 2019 edition of our Multi-Comfort competition, 2,200 architecture and engineering students from 35 countries worked on a project to rehabilitate and reconnect a district in Milan.

Watch the final again
Supporting urban life and protecting the planet

Supporting urban life and protecting the planet

World Cities Day, held on October 31st, gave us the opportunity to imagine a built environment that is carbon neutral, resource efficient, inclusive and resilient.

Read more from Emmanuel Normant
Developing lightweight construction

Developing lightweight construction

Our subsidiary Scotframe's “Raining Stairs” project was awarded the 2019 Prize by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. It proved that Off-site construction solutions can definitely help tackle urban challenges.

Discover more about Scotframe solutions
Embracing sustainable construction

Embracing sustainable construction

In 2019, our Green Building platform integrated new labels, including HQE International, to support professionals in their sustainable certification processes and facilitate their choice of appropriate materials.

Learn more about sustainable construction

The hidden power of materials

Invisibly innovating

Invisibly innovating

Materials for better air quality, highly efficient insulation, active glazing, components for smart mobility… We innovate for the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all.

Uncover more of our innovations
Accelerating sustainable mobility

Accelerating sustainable mobility

Saint-Gobain is a partner of Movin'on LAB, which organized the World Summit on Sustainable Mobility in 2019. Technological demonstrations, expert panel talks and lively discussions are all a part of turning ambition into action.

Learn more about sustainable mobility
Think circular

Think circular

Launched this year, the Lean by Placo® service helps craftsmen limit waste on construction sites. Whether you're thinking about raw materials, manufacturing, recycling or re-use… thinking circular is essential.

Read our story

Up for the challenges

Beautiful, efficient… and fitting

Beautiful, efficient… and fitting

The breath-taking Qatar National Museum is the first LEED platinum and 4-star GSAS certified museum. This significant achievement highlights our ability to adapt our materials and solutions to their environments.

See more examples
Supporting local communities

Supporting local communities

Preventing school drop-out at the Perundurai School in India is just one of the initiatives we launched in 2019. The Saint-Gobain Foundation and our employees are committed to supporting local communities.

Discover our Foundation
At the heart of events

At the heart of events

Our innovative materials are used on the roofs of stadiums in Tokyo and Oita, both hosts of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. We are proud to help fans celebrate the unforgettable moments!

Catch a glimpse of the moment here
Experience our innovations in our offices

Experience our innovations in our offices

The construction of our future headquarters in Paris is almost complete. Housing over 80 products, 11 brands, and a triple environmental certification - it will be a true showcase of our innovation. Welcome home!

Enjoy the View

Our pride: your talent

Challenging our ways of working

Challenging our ways of working

Our Learning Week 2019 - dedicated to promoting a learning culture - focused on “Trust, Empowerment, Collaboration.” Because we can all take action in order to be entrepreneurs in our professional lives.

Did you just say “Empowerment”?
Accelerating gender equality

Accelerating gender equality

World Women's Rights Day took place on March 8th. Gender diversity is one of the essential components of our “Open” HR policy. By progresisng gender equality, the company progresses.

Read more from Claire Pedini
Developing talent

Developing talent

In 2019, for the fourth consecutive year in a row, Saint-Gobain was granted the “Top Employer Global” certification, one of only 14 organizations in the world to have received this label.

One of the best employers in the world?

The world is changing, so are our customers.

Being where our customers are

Being where our customers are

Our outlets in city centers are reinventing themselves and focusing on curbing their environmental impact, offering a wide range of services to customers, and harmoniously integrating into the city.

A new generation of city-stores
Innovating WITH our customers

Innovating WITH our customers

Our smart windshield, co-developed with Nuance (now Cerence), caused a sensation at CES in Las Vegas last January. Throughout all our markets, our customers are our main R&D partners.

See another co-innovation example
Strengthening connections through digital

Strengthening connections through digital

Added services, augmented collaboration… 2019 has seen an explosion of digital solutions. Our UK website “Build” helps individuals plan, design, and build their own home. Up for it? Check out what type of on-site project manager you are.

Take the quiz
Making a difference through our teams

Making a difference through our teams

The power of digital technology allows us to analyze and understand the needs of our users in an ever-more precise way. But people remain at the heart of a customer-centric culture.

Read more from Cordula Gudduschat

A strategy for growth

Investing with Determination

Investing with Determination

The definitive agreement to acquire Continental Building Products announced in November will, upon its closing, enable the Group to significantly improve its growth profile and further increase profitability. The closing of the transaction is subject to Continental Building Products shareholders’ approval and U.S. antitrust approval.

Read the press release
Being close to our customers

Being close to our customers

As the construction of Africa's tallest tower (The Leonardo) is being completed with our materials, we are accelerating on this continent with the opening of 4 production sites in 2019: Ghana, Tanzania, Angola and Zimbabwe.

A growing presence in sub-Saharan Africa
Transforming our operations

Transforming our operations

Our new 4.0 Gyproc plant in Vietnam, launched in March, integrates automated manufacturing processes and real-time quality controls. A perfect combination of machine, human, and local intelligence.

Read more from Benoit d'Iribarne

Unleashing innovation

Fostering intrapreneurship

Fostering intrapreneurship

Intrapreneurship programs are increasing all over the world. In Brazil, the InPulse program has enabled 5 teams to accelerate their projects. Let's free our entrepreneurial spirits!

View the InPulse Video
Scouting innovation

Scouting innovation

NOVA, our external venture arm, finds new startups every day. The InNOVate 2019 challenge in the US discovered Inovues, whose glazing shield can increase window insulation by up to tenfold without having to change the entire window!

Learn more about NOVA
Unleashing creativity

Unleashing creativity

The inauguration of the FabLab in Herzogenrath, Germany, last April is one of this year's initiatives aimed at stimulating creative thinking and developing a culture of innovation at the individual level.

Read our story
Continuous learning and improvement

Continuous learning and improvement

Considering failure as learning opportunity? 78% of our employees who participated in our first global internal survey at the end of this year, say it is a reality in their team.

An agile and learning Company

The world according to Saint-Gobain

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