Fondation Saint-Gobain initiatives
A corporate foundation involved in many actions
In 2008, Saint-Gobain created its international corporate foundation: Saint-Gobain Initiatives. It supports projects in the 3 following areas: Employment in the habitat segment for disadvantaged youth;
Alongside specialized organizations, the Foundation helps prepare people with little chance of employment for work in housing construction, renovation and refurbishment.
For example in Germany, the Foundation contributed to funding training for young unemployed people, under the aegis of the AAW. The practical part of the course focuses on improving the soundproofing of a kindergarten. A number of Saint-Gobain ISOVER employees participated in the initiative, helping the young people during the theory classes, construction workshops and installation phase, mainly in conjunction with the ISOVER Akademie.
Finding decent housing is a problem for the most disadvantaged people in the countries where Saint-Gobain operates. One of the Foundation's aims is to support the construction, improvement or renovation of social housing.
In Czech Republic, the Foundation funded the renovation of a residence belonging to the Kvetna Zahrada association, which provides accommodation for troubled children and young people. All of the Group companies present in the country participated. The works, which were partly carried out by the residents, included the installation of a cheese workshop and a bakery.
The aim is to reduce energy bills, which take up a larger proportion of the budgets of low-income households, while at the same time benefiting the environment. This is achieved through technical expertise, assistance in using materials with a lower impact on the environment, and awareness-raising work and educational campaigns led by the associations.
In France, the Foundation played a part in the renovation of the Mont-Louis housing center, which is managed by the Bail pour Tous association. The aim of the works was to reduce the building's energy consumption and make residents more comfortable by giving them responsibility for managing energy consumption more efficiently. An expert from the Group supported the project, particularly during the diagnostic phase. Saint-Gobain ISOVER and Lapeyre both made contributions to the project, mainly through the donation of materials.
The Foundation finances work and contributes technical expertise for the projects nominated by, and supported by, the Group’s employees and retirees.
So far, 69 projects in 19 countries have been supported by the Foundation and sponsored by 80 employees. The Foundation’s budget is 1 million euros a year.
For more information, download the Foundation’s presentation brochure