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Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation

Saint-Gobain support social and professional integration projects for people experiencing hardship, through access to employment and improvement of housing

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 two areas directly linked to Saint-Gobain’s strategy:

  • Facilitating youth Integration - Helping young people find jobs.
  • Acting for social housing - Building, improving or renovating social housing in the general

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:

  • 123 associations supported
  • 166 Sponsors
  • 144 Projects supported since 2008
  • Integration: 13
  • Housing: 90
  • Integration and housing: 41
  • Projects supported in 33 countries
  • 8.5 Million Euro budget since 2008
  • 1.3 Million Euro budget for 2017

Project Criteria

To be accepted, a project must comply with the following criteria:

  • It must be located in a country where Saint-Gobain is present;
  • The sponsor must be a Saint-Gobain employee or retiree near the project;
  • The project must fit with one of the foundation’s two focus areas (social housing or youth professional integration); and
  • It must be run by a non-profit organization and benefit people experiencing some form of hardship.

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    Episode One: Saint-Gobain's grant to The Prince's Trust

    Watch Episode One of our series exploring  our support for the Prince's Trust's Wolfson Centre in Glasgow.

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    Episode Two: Improving users' experience

    Watch Episode Two and learn how we worked with the architect and project team to improve the building for its users.

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    Episode Three: The architect's view, how it worked?

    In Episode Three, get an insight into the architect, Keith McClure's view on how the project developing collaborating with Saint-Gobain. 

Building Hope House – London

In 2017, the Saint-Gobain Foundation awarded a grant of £43,000 to the Building Hope House London project – a project which will be delivered by charity Barnardo’s.

The project will provide vulnerable children and young people – particularly those leaving the care system and/or those struggling with education, employment, and training – with:

  • SAFE AND APPROPRIATE ACCOMMODATION supported by specialist staff for the most vulnerable young people leaving local authority care in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Bromley, and Southwark;
  • A CENTRAL SUPPORT ‘HUB’ for all care leavers across five London Boroughs;
  • TAILORED EDUCATIONAL COURSES FOR CARE LEAVERS to learn and develop the vital life skills and tools necessary for transition into independent living;
  • VOCATIONAL SKILLS AND TRAINING COURSES IN CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER TRADES/SECTORS, leading to qualifications to gain entry to further education and/or employment; and
  • SUPPORT FOR CARE LEAVERS TO INTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY they live in, and to become active and productive members of society.

The project aims will support the most vulnerable young people leaving the Local Authority Care system aged 16+ from the five boroughs of Bromley, Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark, to access suitable accommodation and a tailored skills development programme to support them into employment.

These beneficiaries, who will become residents of Building Hope House, will be selected through a panel process to ascertain their suitability for the type of accommodation and support programme on offer. The selection process will require young people to sign up to the whole programme voluntarily.

For the Education Training and Skills element of the project, they will receive referrals from a range of organisations including the surrounding Local Authorities, Virtual School, Connexions and/or Youth Offending Teams.

Vulnerable care leavers as described above will be prioritised over other referrals, but places will be available for young people who fit other selection criteria.

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.”

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