Saint-Gobain: first in Europe and one of the top three global companies for construction sustainability

Saint-Gobain Italy is in first position in Europe with regards to sustainability in building and construction materials

Saint-Gobain Italy has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018 as the top comany in Italy and among the top three in the world for sustainability in building and construction materials.

Saint-Gobain Italy is in first position in Europe with regards to sustainability in building and construction materials, and one of the top three global companies, according to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018 (DJSI), relative to 2017.
The DJSI examines companies based on three criteria: economic dimension (codes of business conduct, risk and crisis management, supply chain management); environmental dimension (climate strategy, operational eco-efficiency, product management) and social dimension (development of human capital, health and safety at work, attraction and preservation of talent).
The production of buildings and constructions requires huge amounts of energy,” according to the DJSI 2018, “and the reduction of energy consumption is a top priority alongside climate strategies, operating efficiency, and – of course – protection of health and safety in the workplace. During their lifetime, buildings are responsible for about 40% of the global consumption of energy, 25% of water usage, and they emit 33% of greenhouse gas emissions (as reported in the Environmental Programme of the United Nations -UNEP). Making buildings more sustainable must be a primary task for companies of the sector. Companies that integrate the environmental impacts of the life cycle of their products in their design and production are well-positioned to benefit from the increase in the demand for more ecological and more efficient buildings, that use environmentally sustainable building materials. We need a virtuous, holistic and integrated approach to industrial production.
And Saint-Gobain, with its constant commitment and concrete actions, is following these ‘instructions’ to the utmost.
“Here at Saint-Gobain in Italy, comments Gianni Scotti, President and Managing Director of the company, and General Delegate for the entire Mediterranean area, “ the idea of Corporate Social Responsibility in the field of sustainable habitat starts from the ideation and design of the product/solution, going on to the selection of raw materials and resources, production processes and distribution of materials, right up to awareness of responsible consumption of resources and the promotion of sustainable behavior. This practice, applied in all the countries where we operate, is certainly one of the main success factors of our Group,” added Scotti. “this recognition that comes from the DJSI, among the highest authorities in the world in terms of Sustainability, is for us a real flagship and commits us to continue with the utmost determination on this path”.