February 09, 2017 | Malvern, PA United States

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

The ‘Top Employer North America Certification’ was awarded to the global building materials company for the second consecutive year for its commitment to employee well-being
Malvern, Pa., Feb. 9, 2017Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, has received the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer North America Certification for the second consecutive year for its exceptional employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute is an independent organization that certifies employers around the world for excellence in the work environments they create for their employees and will honor Saint-Gobain at an award ceremony Feb. 16 in Dallas, Texas.

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.

“Creating an inclusive and optimal work environment for all employees is central to our company’s culture and values,” said Susan Nutson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Saint-Gobain Corporation. “At Saint-Gobain, we aim to foster an environment that promotes employee growth and well-being, and it’s exciting to see that our continued efforts are being recognized by such a high-caliber organization.” 

The Top Employers Institute assessed Saint-Gobain’s employee offerings on the criteria of talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and company culture.  

Crucial to the Top Employer Certification is the completion of a stringent validation and audit process in which performance scores are rated against an international standard. Only those employers that meet the required standards of excellence receive Certification. The Top Employers Institute is recognizing Saint-Gobain for the unique employee offerings it provides its employees including: personal health coaching, weight management and nutrition programs, company book clubs and athletic leagues, networking opportunities, a mentoring system and digital learning courses.

In 2016, Saint-Gobain also continued to demonstrate its focus on employee well-being as well as its commitment to sustainability and the local community. The state-of-the-art Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed North American Headquarters, designed to maximize the health and comfort of employees, received LEED Platinum certification for both core and shell, and the company announced it would serve as presenting sponsor for the renovation of the Welcome Center at LOVE Park and further its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives.

“Optimal employee offerings and HR best practices ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally,” said Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink. “This, in turn, enables companies to grow and develop, maximize organizational performance and attract and retain the best talent. Our comprehensive research concluded that Saint-Gobain provides an outstanding employee environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives – from benefits and learning and development opportunities to well-thought-out career management programs – that are truly aligned with the company’s culture.”

About Saint-Gobain in North America
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.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 150 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Experience our innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.

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:
Shari Rosen 
267-238-4132 (office) 
609-230-7561 (mobile)