Saint-Gobain // Universal Registration Document 2021

3 An efficient and responsible Group Demonstrate ethics and responsibility SAINT-GOBAIN UNIVERSAL REGISTRATION DOCUMENT 2021 77 Risk management related 1.4.3 to natural raw materials Sand Purchases of sand by Saint-Gobain are intended for glass and glass wool production, the manufacture of mortars, and for distribution activities. In 2020, over 90% of these purchases are from open and mechanized quarries. Suppliers undergo evaluations of their environmental and social practices as part of the Responsible Purchasing policy. Finally, the Group is implementing an action plan to reduce its sand consumption, by substituting it with recycled materials as part of the circular economy program (see this chapter, section 2.2). Since 2018, an indicator to monitor the reduction of withdrawals of virgin raw materials has been implemented (see chapter 4, section 2.2). Timber purchases Saint-Gobain’s activities have an impact on timber sector either through the supply of packaging (pallets and boxes) or by purchases of timber for construction markets as part of its distribution activities. Environmental and social risks, and those related to human rights adherence primarily affect trade purchasing. Saint-Gobain is committed to fighting deforestation through a "Timber Purchasing" policy, by acting ethically and responsibly throughout the Group's value chain to preserve forests, the local populations living in them and biodiversity. This policy was issued in the early 2000s and updated in 2020. recommendations of recognized institutions or specialized non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as the red list of endangered species maintained by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and reports of NGOs involved in the fight against deforestation. In particular, for species or regions at risk, specific certifications are required, such as the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) label. To control risks and ensure traceability of purchases, the "Timber Purchasing" policy is based on a due diligence method in compliance with requirements of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the To ensure that the risks related to purchases can be controlled, Saint-Gobain carries out an inventory of its timber products purchases and their derivatives. This year, 93.4% of timber products and their derivatives from trade come from responsibly managed timber. An audit of this inventory by a third party specializing in deforestation issues was carried out at the end of year in 2020 and has confirmed the solidity of the program to secure purchases and compliance with the "Timber purchasing" policy. As part of a continuous improvement process, the Group maintains a transparent and regular dialog with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote responsible forest management. Since several years, Saint-Gobain has not completed the CDP questionnaire on forests since 2020. The Group shares CDP’s objective of combating deforestation for responsible forest management; it wants a transparent dialogue with the CDP so that the specific nature of construction timber is better highlighted in the ratings. Up to now, the questionnaire is focused on issues related to the use of palm oil or exotic species which are little or not present in the construction business. This way, the answers to the questionnaire and the assessment are not very representative of the conducted actions and their efficiency.