Saint-Gobain

InfluenceMap Score
C
Performance Band
71%
Organisation Score
43%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies
Jewson, Gyproc, Weber, CertainTeed

Climate Lobbying Overview: Saint-Gobain appears to be broadly supportive of climate change policy and regulation, engaging strategically with policies relating to the construction industry such as the EU’s Renovation Wave.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Saint-Gobain has stated its support for limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 °C and, in response to the EU’s Climate Law in 2020, endorsed the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050. The company supported a stable legal framework to achieve the 2050 goal in response to the 2020 Climate Law consultation, and advocated for the introduction of a carbon price in its 2019 Universal Registration Document. However, the CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar, in an interview regarding carbon neutrality in 2020, 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. The CEO seems to advocate for incentives over regulation, stating in 2020 that he supports an incentivizing and reasoned system, and is against a punitive approach.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2020, Saint-Gobain strongly supported increasing the EU’s 2030 Climate Target in response to an EU consultation on the Climate Target Plan in 2020, and supported binding targets for 2030 and 2040 in a comment on the EU Climate Law in the same year. The CEO stated support for a carbon border adjustment mechanism in the EU to protect against carbon leakage in an interview in 2020, but did not place conditions on the removal of existing exemptions for industry in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

Saint-Gobain strongly supports energy efficiency legislation in the buildings sector. In 2020, in response to a consultation on the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative, the company advocated for minimum energy performance standards and strongly supported an EU policy framework for renovation. Also in 2020, the company supported building renovation policy in France in a press release and on the corporate website supported the Green Homes Grant in the UK. In 2021 in an open letter to EU Vice-President Timmermans Saint-Gobain advocated for the prioritization of energy efficiency legislation to decarbonize the buildings sector over renewable hydrogen.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Saint-Gobain in 2020 on its corporate website supported the transition to a low carbon economy, and in 2021 in an open letter to EU Vice-President Timmermans advocated for the decarbonization of the building sector. The CEO in an interview in 2020 supported the decarbonization of the energy mix, and advocated for the electrification of industry.

Industry Association Governance: Saint-Gobain is a member of several trade associations, some of which appear to take oppositional positions on climate policy such as the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC). A senior executive is on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in the US, a trade association which takes a negative position on climate policy in the US. Saint-Gobain does not disclose a list of its trade association memberships, and has not published a review of misalignment with industry groups.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
2 2 NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
2 2 NA 2 NS 2 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NS 1 1 0 NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NA NS NS 2 NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA 1 NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
1 NS 0 NS NS 1 NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS 0 NS NS 0 NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 2 2 2 1 1 NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 NS 1 NS 1 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
2 2 2 2 NS 1 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-2 NS 0 NA NA NA NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
27%
 
27%
 
57%
 
57%
 
47%
 
47%
 
42%
 
42%
 
43%
 
43%
 
45%
 
45%
 
40%
 
40%
 
44%
 
44%

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.