On Tuesday October 18 Saint-Gobain’s CEO Pierre André de Chalendar was awarded the “David Gottfried Global Green Building Award” by the World Green Building Council.
The David Gottfreid Award
Was first launched in 2011 and is named after the founder of the WGBC.
It's given to individuals whose contribution to the global green building movement has been shown to be unique, innovative and entrepreneurial.
The award was handed out during the annual WGBC congress in Stockholm, and given to Pierre André de Chalendar for his personal championing of the global green building movement and in particular his innovative and unique approach to a business-led green building strategy.
- WorldGBC and the global green building movement have been inspired and appreciative of Pierre-André de Chalendar's personal commitment to green building, and his leadership in directing a major global corporation to pursue profitability and growth while also embedding green building across the organization,
says Terri Wills, CEO of the world Green Building Council.
Founded in 2002, the WorldGBC is the leading international network dedicated to sustainable construction. With members in more than 72 countries, its objective is to accelerate the market’s transition towards more sustainable buildings. The WorldGBC played an important role at COP 21 in Paris. In partnership with UNEP (United National Environment Programme) and the French Government, it launched the first “Buildings Day”. Together with its national councils and 27,000 member companies it also made a commitment to reduce 84 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions from buildings by 2050, to help keep global warming to within 2°C, and even 1.5°C.
Saint-Gobain is a member in more than 35 GBC’s around the world.
Watch Pierre-André de Chalendars acceptance speech:
Carl-Magnus Svenningsson, Marketing Director at Saint-Gobain Ecophon, reflects on what this means for Ecophon:
- This is fantastic news, and on behalf of Ecophon I wish to extend our sincere congratulations to Mr de Chalendar, whose personal commitment in transforming this huge organisation into one that can become a reference in sustainability is a real inspiration. As Marketing Director in a Saint-Gobain company, it’s encouraging knowing that we have contributed, ever so slightly, to this achievement and it's inspiring to work under the direction of de Chalendar, a true visionary. Some of the initiatives that we have been working with over the past few years, like replacing the petroleum-based binder in our absorbers or implementing Environmental Product Declarations, would’ve been much slower to carry through without his influence. This recognition is well-deserved and I look forward to the next chapter in the Ecophon and Saint-Gobain sustainability journey, says Carl-Magnus.
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