Saint-Gobain

InfluenceMap Score
C+
Performance Band
77%
Organisation Score
47%
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 with active engagement. The company has lobbied with progressive positions on energy efficiency policies in the building sector such as the EU’s Renovation Wave, and is 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 broadly supports action on climate change in its top-line messaging. The company has consistently stated support for limiting warming to 1.5°C and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, for example, on its corporate website accessed in January 2022. In its 2020 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2021, Saint-Gobain supported carbon pricing mechanisms and ambitious political frameworks to remove technical and financial obstacles to make cities and buildings sustainable. The CEO, Benoit Bazin, stated support for an international carbon pricing framework in an interview with CNBC in November 2021. However, in an interview in September 2020 the former CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar stressed the threat of carbon leakage and the risk of unilateral action due to French and European government climate regulation becoming more ambitious than other regions, although stating support for the action itself. De Chalendar seemed to advocate for incentives over regulation in an interview in November 2020, stating that he supported an incentivizing framework, and is against a punitive approach. In its 2020 Universal Registration Document, the company was supportive of the UN Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Saint-Gobain seems to engage positively with climate regulations in the EU. In response to an EU public consultation in June 2021, the company strongly supported ambitious reforms to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, including introducing performance standards linked to clear deadlines. The CEO Benoit Bazin has consistently supported energy efficiency legislation in the buildings sector, including France’s renovation legislation, MaPrimeRénov, in an interview with France TV Info in November 2021. Saint-Gobain UK has repeatedly supported the UK Future Homes Standard to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in press releases in November 2021. In June 2020 in response to an EU public consultation, Saint-Gobain strongly supported increasing the EU’s 2030 Climate Target to 55% and supported increasing the EU’s renewable energy target to 40%.

Saint-Gobain advocated for the strengthening of EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) mechanisms in response to an EU public consultation in June 2020, but did not support extending the policy to new sectors. The company seemed to support the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in its 2021 CDP Climate Change Disclosure, but advocated for the continuation of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the post-2020 reform of the policy. In the same disclosure, the company 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.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Saint-Gobain supports the energy transition, particularly green hydrogen and electrification. The CEO Benoit Bazin has consistently supported the decarbonization of the buildings sector and advocated for the transition to a low carbon economy, for example in an interview 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.

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.