The inaugural award recognizes forward-thinking companies that have made a positive impact on society through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Saint-Gobain was honored for their commitment to educating and developing the next generation of blue- and white-collar science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, through partnerships with YouthBuild USA and US2020. The company was also recognized for efforts to bring its global Future Sensations exhibition to the Philadelphia community.
"At Saint-Gobain, we believe we can do well by doing good – and supporting nonprofits that share a commitment to community development, energy conservation and environmental stewardship is central to that belief. CSR is not just a practice for Saint-Gobain, it's fundamental to our culture and employees at every level," said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations. "We take great pride in sharing 350 years of building science expertise with the next generation workforce and we're committed to helping more young people succeed in STEM careers across the country. We're honored to be recognized with the Social Impact Award."
Since 2010, Saint-Gobain, through the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation, has granted $1.35 million to YouthBuild USA. Through this partnership, Saint-Gobain is helping educate future generations about sustainable building and environmental preservation. Now in the partnership's fifth year, the program has impacted more than 1,050 YouthBuild students nationwide and seen the completion of several U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified homes in communities across the county. Locally, Saint-Gobain volunteered more than 1,500 hours to support YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School.
In addition to a philanthropic focus on green building, Saint-Gobain is also committed to fostering STEM education in Philadelphia, as well as on a national level, because it provides economic mobility to the American middle class. Saint-Gobain is a lead partner in Philadelphia's US2020 program, providing employees with the opportunity to share their building science, engineering and math expertise with youth through hands-on mentoring that will spur their interest in STEM careers.
Drexel University also recognized the impact of Saint-Gobain's Future Sensations global exhibition. In May, Saint-Gobain commemorated its 350th anniversary in Philadelphia with the Future Sensations exhibition, providing more than 114,000 locals and visitors with the opportunity to experience glimpses into future building innovations that will transform the world.
"Now more than ever, we must recognize organizations, whether public, private, educational or non-profit, that are improving the lives of community members, employees and making the world a better place for future generations," said Frank Linnehan, PhD, dean of Drexel's LeBow College of Business. "Saint-Gobain has led by example for 350 years, showcasing the positive impact that corporations can make on the lives of people in the communities they serve, and beyond. Saint-Gobain is a shining example of the innovative organizations we want to honor with the Social Impact Award."
The LeBow College of Business Social Impact Award recognizes organizations that don’t just practice social responsibility because it’s the “right thing to do” – corporate social responsibility is the core of their business, it’s the heart of their culture and it’s what drives their success. Saint-Gobain was honored at the LeBow College of Business Advisory Board and Councils Meeting on November 17.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
For 350 years, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement for three-and-a-half centuries – and 2015 is the company's commemorative year.
In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Malvern, Pa., Saint-Gobain has more than 250 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.2 billion in 2014.
Join Saint-Gobain in a celebration of the company's 350 years of innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and www.futuresensations.com or connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
The Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation is committed to putting the power of its people and its products into the communities in which its employees live and work. The Foundation believes Saint-Gobain can do well by doing good – and supporting non-profits that share a commitment to community development, energy conservation and environmental stewardship is central to that belief. Programs such as YouthBuild that engage youth and communities in green building and renovation align closely with Saint-Gobain's mission to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, cost-efficient and durable buildings. Through the Foundation's support, Saint-Gobain is helping educate future generations about sustainable building and environmental preservation through its own example. For more information about Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation's partnership with YouthBuild USA, visit: YouthBuild Partnership.
About Drexel University
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is the nation's 14th largest private university and is ranked among the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program and translational research initiatives. Drexel's Bennett S. LeBow College of Business is among the elite 20 percent of business schools to be accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.