Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has released its Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2016 and it makes good reading for the world leader in the habitat and construction markets.
Highlights of the review include Saint-Gobain’s progress in response to the challenges facing the industry, with many of these carrying an environmental theme.
There is a focus on the company’s CSR commitments, including changing the world for the future, caring for the environment and personal and economic development.
One of the main the main achievements is the reduction in CO2 emissions generated by electricity use.
As a result of switching to renewable-only sourced electricity in 2016 for all UK operations, levels have gone from 180,330 tonnes in 2015 to just 13,560 tonnes in 2016.
The amount of production waste sent to landfill has also plummeted, going from 10,493 tonnes to 9,319 tonnes in the 12 month period, a drop of 11%, with the majority of its sites having already achieved zero waste to landfill.
The company’s decreasing absence rate is a positive sign that health and wellbeing is seeing improvement, with it dropping below the target of 2% in 2016, (2.12% in 2015 to 1.88% in 2016).
Saint-Gobain has also undertaken a significant amount of customer training in sustainable buildings.
Over a four year period, 80,443 hours of customer training in sustainable buildings has taken place, demonstrating good progress towards Saint-Gobain’s ultimate aim of delivering 250,000 hours of customer training between 2013 and 2020.
Reflecting on the company’s achievements, Mike Chaldecott, General Delegate for Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, commented: “We’re very pleased that this Review reflects our daily efforts to make a difference in the way we operate in the industry.
“We will continue to strive to reduce the environmental impact of our activity, as well as developing our employees and our local communities.
“Our goal is long-term sustainable improvements and there are still specific areas where we need to do better, for example, to meet the growing demand for our products we are using more energy and water.
“Our products when installed do have huge benefits for energy efficiency and avoidance of CO2 yet, we are still focussed on the challenge to decouple resource use and production growth.
“This transparent CSR snapshot is an honest look at our progress and where we are in relation to where our ambitious targets need us to be.”
Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland
Binley Business Park
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