Saint-Gobain

InfluenceMap Score
C+
Performance Band
77%
Organisation Score
48%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Construction Materials
Head​quarters:
Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies:
Jewson, Gyproc, Weber, CertainTeed
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Saint-Gobain appears to be supportive of climate change policy and regulation in the EU and US with active engagement. The company has lobbied with progressive positions on energy efficiency policies in the building sector in the EU, and is strongly supportive of the energy transition. However, Saint-Gobain retains membership to several industry associations which are negatively lobbying on climate policy, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Saint-Gobain supports action on climate change in its top-line messaging. The company has consistently stated support for limiting warming to 1.5°C, for example, in its 2021 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2022, and its CEO Benoît Bazin and supported net-zero emissions by 2050 in February 2022. The company’s position on climate regulation seems to have improved since 2020-21. In its 2021 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2022, Saint-Gobain supported an ambitious policy framework “to remove technical and financial obstacles” and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, and supported the EU’s Fit for 55 package. The company signed a joint letter in September 2021 which supported carbon pricing. In its 2021 Universal Registration Document, the company was supportive of the UN Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Saint-Gobain engages predominantly positively with climate regulations in the EU. In response to an EU public consultation in March 2022, the company strongly supported more ambitious reforms to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, including advocating for a sped up phase in of the legislation and for mandatory measures for energy performance. The CEO Benoit Bazin has consistently supported energy efficiency legislation in the buildings sector in France, for example, in July 2022 in an interview he advocated for policy to triple the number of renovations annually and reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 80%, but without placing this within a clear timeline. Saint-Gobain UK repeatedly supported the UK Future Homes Standard to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in press releases in November 2021.

Saint-Gobain signed a joint letter to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2022 advocating for a more ambitious reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). However, in its 2021 CDP Climate Change Disclosure the company seemed to advocate for the continuation of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the post-2020 reform of the policy. In the same disclosure, Saint-Gobain supported a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in the EU, but did not place conditions on the removal of existing carbon leakage protection measures for industry in the EU ETS. The company also supported the EU’s 2030 GHG target of 55% in the 2021 CDP disclosure, and in April 2021 it signed a joint letter advocating for the US President to set an ambitious 2030 GHG target.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Saint-Gobain supports the energy transition, particularly scaling up green hydrogen and electrification. The CEO Benoit Bazin has consistently supported the decarbonization of the buildings sector, for example, in an interview for La Tribune in December 2021. On its corporate website, accessed in November 2021, Saint-Gobain UK supported the UK’s Future Homes Standard, which mandates low-carbon heating in homes. In a corporate article in April 2021, the company was supportive of green hydrogen to decarbonize key sectors such as heavy industry and transportation, as well as supporting subsidies and tax credits to incentivize electric mobility. In its 2021 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2022, Saint-Gobain supported reforms to the Energy Taxation Directive and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation.

Industry Association Governance: Saint-Gobain has disclosed a list of its industry association memberships, only describing their climate policy positions and engagement activities in broad terms. The company has not published a review of its alignment with industry groups. Saint-Gobain is a member of several industry associations which are lobbying negatively on climate policy, such as the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC) and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA). A senior executive is on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) which is heavily engaged in negative lobbying on climate policy in the US.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.