Saint-Gobain // Universal Registration Document 2021

3 An efficient and responsible Group Maximize the contribution for the planet and communities SAINT-GOBAIN UNIVERSAL REGISTRATION DOCUMENT 2021 90 In preparation for this COP, and in line with its commitment to carbon neutrality, Saint-Gobain has been involved in the “Race to Zero” initiative since its creation, and in the “We Mean Business” coalition, which now brings together more than 5,000 companies and 1,000 cities. Saint-Gobain is campaigning for the introduction of a carbon price. This price must allow for a transition that keeps the level playing field between the various companies and countries, in particular through the establishment of a mechanism at the borders of Europe. Saint-Gobain has contributed to several projects on the subject at the European level within the ERT (European Round Table for Industry) and within the AFEP and the Fabrique de l’Industrie in France. In 2021, Saint-Gobain also joined the steering committee of the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. The European Union has a leadership role on climate issues at the global level, which is reflected in the establishment of an ambitious regulatory framework. Saint-Gobain supports the implementation of the “Fit for 55” package, which will lead to an increase in ambition by 2030, by co-signing several letters in 2020 and 2021, endorsed by broad coalitions of players, notably via the Corporate Leadership Group. As part of the Global Climate Action Agenda, Saint-Gobain is a member of the Alliance of companies for water and climate change. This initiative supports the actions of cities and watersheds involved in the sustainable management of water resources and adaptation to the consequences of climate change. Actions that support strong and low-carbon economic growth Saint-Gobain belongs to the ETC (Energy Transition Commission), a group of about fifty leaders from the energy and climate community. Pierre-André de Chalendar is one of the commissioners. The aim of the ETC is to accelerate the shift towards a low-carbon energy system that enables robust economic growth, while limiting global warming to 1.5° C. Because construction is its primary market, the Group is particularly involved in the promotion of sustainable construction and is involved in initiatives to promote energy efficiency. All over the world, an ambitious political framework makes it possible to remove technical as well as financial obstacles to the transformation of cities and buildings to make them sustainable. For example, this is the case at the European level: Saint-Gobain is a member of various initiatives and coalitions, and in particular has been a member of the LEVEL(S) steering committee since its inception. The committee is an instrument developed by the European Commission in conjunction with the industry and the public sector and aims to establish a “common language” for sustainable construction, in order to take it beyond energy efficiency. In December 2017, the European Commission launched the pilot phase of LEVEL(S), which continued in 2021. construction market, are an essential partner. The GBC network offers a fast path for the deployment of sustainable construction technologies and dissemination of good practices, particularly via education for market players. It can create a collective momentum involving the various stakeholders (investors, builders, manufacturers, architects, etc.). Transforming markets also means changing the entire construction market value chain. The Group forges partnerships with many players who share the same desire to promote more sustainable buildings. In this respect, the Green Building Councils (GBC), a unique global network of national associations of professionals and players in the GBCs have a geographical organization that allows each of Saint-Gobain’s units, at the local, national, and international levels, to actively contribute to their work. The Group is a member of 40 local GBCs worldwide, a partner of the European network of GBCs (ERN), and has chaired the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) since 2017. Saint-Gobain is committed to orienting the global construction industry toward a low-carbon trajectory. This is why Saint-Gobain is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC). Saint-Gobain is also a member of the projects steering committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for cities and buildings. Saint-Gobain is also involved in various initiatives to help cities lead this transition, for example by being a member of the steering committee of the “Zero Carbon Building Accelerator” of the World Resources Institute. Train clients locally, inform the end user Some of the training courses delivered by local teams (see chapter 2, section 3.6) cover energy efficiency and reduction of environmental impact of buildings. The entity "building distribution" is particularly active in that area and plays a key role in supporting craftsmen, thereby facilitating the marketing and use of sustainable products. These services set up by distribution help accelerate the transition to a more sustainable construction and reduce the carbon impact of buildings. In France, the Point.P network has implemented “Energy Efficiency” counters in over 130 branches. Salespeople are specifocally trained and tools such as a simulator to evaluate a project’s energy efficiency are made available to customers. A training program on ways to save energy in the construction industry is offered (FeeBat), along with a support mechanism for official recognition of the effectiveness of the steps taken called Renoprim +. Beyond building distribution, training structures are offered by country. They are open to craftsmen, installers, architects and other actors of the building sector. They can also be associated with professional schools. In France, the sales and marketing teams are involved with eight apprenticeship training centers (CFAs) for partnerships for training services or support for trainers specific to the establishment. A website dedicated to training ( offers opportunities of training via e-learning or in person. Guides called “Les essentiels de l’habitat” allow craftsmen and professionals to train and learn about topics such as energy efficiency or the evolution of tomorrow’s norms and standards for sustainable construction. In Morocco, the Group has developed a Saint-Gobain academy including three training centers with the aim of training more than 3,000 professionals in sustainable construction.