In India, the Group has set up the Saint-Gobain India Foundation (SGIF) whose primary aim is to enable life and livelihood through education of underprivileged children with a focus on educating the girl child. SGIF is funded out of the profits of the Group’s businesses in India. SGIF partners with NGOs having a proven track record. In 2015, SGIF, in partnership with nine NGOs, has contributed to the education and well-being of 1591 underprivileged children of which about 85% are girls.
Many of the sites in India extend the Group’s EHS policy to the homes of its employees and the local communities through awareness programmes or training. Also, some of the larger sites (in particular, the Glass sites) are actively involved in a number of local community development projects and closely work with the Government to enhance awareness and improve health and hygiene standards. The expertise gained in Saint-Gobain is also shared through the Industry Forums in the area of skills, sustainability and employability. Further, as Thought Leader, Saint-Gobain is also active in creating awareness and setting standards for energy efficiency buildings and testing laboratories. The Glass Business also demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by attaining “LEED Certification – Gold” for one of their offices.