Saint-Gobain // Universal Registration Document 2021

3 An efficient and responsible Group Demonstrate ethics and responsibility SAINT-GOBAIN UNIVERSAL REGISTRATION DOCUMENT 2021 74 Respect for human rights in the Group’s activities 1.3 Commitments 1.3.1 Saint-Gobain’s values, formalized by the Principles of Conduct and Action, are an essential vector of mobilization for human rights due to their reference to international conventions, such as the International Charter for Human Rights or the applicable conventions of the International Labor Organization and in particular the conventions 87, 98, 111, and 135 on the freedom of association and protection of the right to organise, on the right to organise and collective bargaining, on discrimination, and on workers' representatives respectively. Saint-Gobain has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact since 2003. The first two principles of the Global Compact invite companies to “support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights” (principle No. 1) and “make sure that their own companies are not complicit in human rights abuses” (principle No. 2). In 2019, the Group published its policy on respect for human rights. The policy has been presented to the Board of Directors. It describes how Saint-Gobain takes into account human rights impacts and outlines the associated due diligence process. The whole approach is based on the recommendations of the United Nations, particularly the guiding principles on business and human rights. Accordingly, Saint-Gobain is committed to respecting human rights wherever it conducts its activities and in its supply chain. Analysis of human rights risks in 1.3.2 the Group’s activities Saint-Gobain's main human rights issues are identified following the methodology proposed by the United Nations in the context of the application of its guiding principles and concern the human rights that are likely to be most seriously affected by the negative impact of the company's activities and its value chain. The method to identify the risks of actual or potential negative impacts draws on the United Nations' reference base and on external sources recognized for their relevance. These sources are linked to international institutions such as the United Nations with the Human Development Index, specialist non-governmental organizations such as the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, or foundations such as The Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation to end forced labor. The analysis resulted in a mapping of the risks related to the Group’s activities. It includes the risks related to the supply chain and respect for human rights described in the section on responsible purchasing (see this chapter, section 1.4). The risk mapping covers the nature of the risks linked to activities and risks linked to the countries in which Saint-Gobain operates. The main risks identified concern four areas: respect for employee rights, health and safety at work, respect for the environment and anti-corruption. The management of occupational health and safety risks is described in this chapter, section 4.2 and those concerning respect for the environment in this chapter, section 2.1.3. The management of corruption risks is described in this chapter 3, section 1.2.1. rights risks and impacts as well as the measures implemented to manage these risks, limit the risks of negative impacts, provide responses to impacted stakeholders if necessary, and improve situations that need to be improved. To this end, a questionnaire was sent to human resources and operational managers in 35 of the most exposed countries, and the responses were analyzed. This analysis allows us to verify that the Group's practices are in line with the human rights policy and the risks identified. In November 2021, the due diligence process was undertaken to update the Group's assessment of human Measures to control risks 1.3.3 associated with employee rights Respect for the rights of employees is essential to ensure a fair and equitable working environment, ensuring personal and professional fulfillment (see this chapter, section 1.3.3). Thus, “respect for employees’ rights” is one of the nine Principles that constitute Saint-Gobain's code of ethics. In addition, thanks to its human rights policy, Saint-Gobain clearly described its commitment to the following principles: the fight against forced labor, the fight against child labor, freedom of association and the fight against discrimination. Since signing the United Nations Global Compact, the Group has published an annual progress statement. Saint-Gobain’s entities ensure that each employee performs their work on the basis of freely agreed terms of employment according to a shared and accepted document and receives the payment of a fair wage according to the hours worked. Freedom of association is guaranteed at all industrial sites and sales outlets. The age of the employee is checked by local employees as part of the fight against child labor. An annual analysis of the HR database is performed to verify that employees under the age of 18 are employed under specific contracts related to their education, such as apprenticeship contracts. Finally, the Group values and seeks diversity among its teams. Mutual respect and a policy of equal treatment in terms of recruitment, access to promotions, professional training and compensation are the main levers for action. Everywhere it operates, Saint-Gobain undertakes to promote inclusion and diversity in all its forms: gender, nationalities, training, career paths, generational diversity, disabilities and ethnic and social origins. The system for collecting grievances reported by the network of local HR has been improved to encourage employees to express themselves directly to their superiors or the human resources network. Entities declare any incidents of discrimination leading to a complaint or otherwise, in the course of judgment or finally judged and characterized as such. Every incident is examined and dealt with in the subsidiaries concerned. Group employees also have access to a whistle-blowing system that guarantees their anonymity, described in this chapter, section 1.6. Particular attention is paid to risks of harassment. Following the analysis of the questionnaires completed by Saint-Gobain's local teams at the end of 2021 as part of the due diligence process, preventive actions have been launched to further limit the risk of human rights incidents. Good practices identified in certain countries and recommendations on topics such as recruitment practices and the adoption of the code of ethics when integrating new employees have been shared within the Group.