Saint-Gobain is a leading multinational corporation which is primarily known for manufacturing building materials and most prominently, glass. The company is based in France and is listed on Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index. Started almost 350 years ago, Saint-Gobain has established a worldwide market base. Apart from glass, it is also known for the production of ceramics, plastics, abrasives, gypsum plasterboards, packaging and countless other materials required in construction. As of 2015, the corporation has offices in Africa, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Europe. It has a workforce of 185,364 people and a turnover of 42.025 billion USD annually. Pierre-André de Chalendar currently serves as the company’s CEO and Chairman.
Saint-Gobain’s origin dates back to the mid-seventeenth century when mirrors were popular among the upper-class society in entire Europe; but largely, Italian produced goods were in demand as most of the countries didn’t know the art of producing products that matched in quality. Hence, French finance minister at the time, Jean-Baptiste Colbert wanted the French to be dependent on none for such luxury produces. This led to the establishment of a public enterprise by the name of Manufacture royale de glaces de miroirs. Soon, it started producing mirrors that were utterly luxurious and sufficed the needs of the French high society.