Supporting local economic and social development
The Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation supports projects around the world. All current and retired employees have the opportunity to champion a local project, and support its application to the Foundation for direct support. This support could be in the form of direct financial support, construction materials, of expertise, knowledge, skills and time.
Areas of Focus:
The Foundation supports projects in three areas directly linked to Saint-Gobain’s strategy:
- Job opportunities for young people in habitat-related professions,
- Construction or renovation of social housing, for general interest purposes,
- Energy efficiency and environmental protection in social housing.
The Foundation provides financial and technical support for selected projects, with the help of employees from across the Saint-Gobain family of companies.
Facts and figures:
- 127 Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation projects completed
- More than 200 sponsors (current and retired employees) have worked with the Saint-Gobain Foundation since it was created
- All Saint-Gobain employees can nominate projects, led by not-for-profit groups, for consideration by the Foundation
Saint-Gobain makes £100,000 grant to upskill young people in Glasgow
Saint-Gobain has awarded a grant of £99,400 to the Wolfson Centre refurbishment project, as well as providing professional advice on the building and performance of the centre to ensure the centre creates the perfect environment for young people to develop and learn new skills.
The Centre, based in the Laurieston area of Glasgow, will offer the single largest youth employment and enterprise hub in Scotland. With a high youth unemployment rate in the West of Scotland, the hub will provide one-on-one advice, mentor support, access to support services and training and life skills to young people in the area. [Watch the latest episode of our video series to find out more]
Stuart McKill, Sustainable Habitat Leader in Scotland, said: “We are proud to be supporting the work of the Prince’s Trust Scotland, a charity that helps young people learn the skills to turn their lives around. Saint-Gobain is committed to supporting local community development, and develop a long-term relationship with the Prince's Trust to provide employment support and skills to the young people of West Scotland that the new Wolfson centre will help."
CAPTION: Saint-Gobain colleagues getting stuck-in to helping with the refurbishment at the new Prince's Trust Centre.
Allan Watt from The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “The Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre is the first permanent home for the Trust in Scotland, and will allow young people to access every Trust programme under the same roof. We have been working with the construction industry to try and address the current skills shortage. We hope to continue our relationship with Saint-Gobain long after the refurbishment is complete, working together to provide young people with the skills they need to succeed in the industry.”
Watch episode one of the video about how we're working to help young people in West Scotland.
€100,000 donation to homeless shelter in Dublin
The Saint-Gobain's Foundation donated €100,000 to the Peter McVerry Trust in 2014 to help it refurbish a small apartment block in Dublin's south inner city and provide expertise to the project.
The small apartment block consisted of six one-bedroom flats, in a disused building in Dublin and opened in early 2015.
Pat Doyle, CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust said:
“We have, at present, 90,000 households on a social housing waiting list, we also see rising rents, rising property costs and rising homelessness in urban areas. All of this has led to increasing pressure on the homeless service providers such as the Peter McVerry Trust, and it is a relief and a fantastic move to see a company such as Saint-Gobain step forward to help us out”.
Brian Dolan, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Gyrpoc and Isover in Ireland said:
“There is a deepening crisis in social housing in Ireland and we believe leading companies should put their shoulder to the wheel and return a social dividend from their success. Part of our corporate and social responsibility is to support our local communities, and supporting a building project for the Peter McVerry Trust is a great match in that regard.”
“A secure home is a human right that provides shelter, security and dignity. It allows an individual to lead a rewarding and meaningful life. We are delighted this donation will ensure that six individuals or families will get a chance to start over with a new home.”