February 02, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA US

Saint-Gobain recognized as Top Employer in North America for exceptional workplace, employee benefits

The global building materials company’s commitment to employee well-being earned it recognition as a leading employer for third consecutive year

Malvern, Pa., Feb. 1, 2018Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturers of innovative material solutions, has received the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer North America Certification for the third consecutive year for its exceptional employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute is an independent global organization that certifies employers for creating excellent workplace conditions for employees and will recognize Saint-Gobain at an award ceremony on Feb. 8 in Miami.

The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognizes leading employers around the world that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization and strive to continuously optimize employment practices.

“Embracing reciprocity and emphasizing a personal approach to uncover what matters most to our employees is a core value driving our company culture,” says Valerie Gervais, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Saint-Gobain Corporation. “At Saint-Gobain, we create innovative materials to help solve the world’s biggest challenges in terms of sustainability, comfort and well-being, and we strive to do the same thing for our employees. It’s an honor to be recognized for our dedicated efforts by a prestigious organization.”

Crucial to the Top Employer Certification is Saint-Gobain’s participation in a stringent auditing process in which the company’s performance scores were rated against an international standard. The Top Employers Institute assessed Saint-Gobain’s employee offerings on the criteria of talent strategy, workforce planning, onboarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and company culture.  

Saint-Gobain’s Top Employers achievement comes on the heels of the company’s inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index for its diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace. In 2017, Saint-Gobain launched LIVE OPEN, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) for members and allies of the LGBTQ community. Saint-Gobain is committed to fostering a safe, comfortable and engaging work environment to enhance employee well-being, and its state-of-the-art Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed North American headquarters, which has achieved LEED Platinum certification for employee offerings, serves this purpose every day.

 “From our research, we have seen how the certified organizations put the development of their people first and are continuously working to optimize their HR and people development practices,” says David Plink, CEO of Top Employers Institute. “Saint-Gobain forms part of this exclusive group of the world’s best employers, an achievement they can truly be proud of.”

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.


In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 150 locations and more than 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.8 billion in 2016. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Top Employers Institute

Top Employers Institute, headquartered in the Netherlands, is an independent organization that certifies excellence in employee offerings, HR practices and the environment employers have in place for employees to advance their development. Top Employers opened its U.S. office in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2016. In 2015, Top Employers entered into a strategic global partnership with U.S.-based HR Certification Institute, the premier credentialing organization for HR professionals worldwide to expand the global reach of both organizations in a shared mission to raise the level of excellence of the worldwide human resource management profession. For more than 25 years, Top Employers Institute has recognized exceptional employers around the world with its annual Top Employers Global, Top Employers Continent, and Top Employers Country certifications. Since 1991, Top Employers has recognized more than 1,000 Top Employers in 102 countries.



Media Contacts
Saint-Gobain in North America:
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610-341-7031 (office)
484-919-2103 (mobile)

Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain in North America:
Liz Mazanek 
267-238-4137 (office) 
484-680-3013 (mobile)