Saint-Gobain Abrasives is now a Member of the SEAM Program

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Saint-Gobain Abrasives is a Member of the SEAM Program, a New Framework Dedicated to the Sustainability of the Abrasive Industry

After years of unwavering commitment to quality and safety in product and production quality and safety, Saint-Gobain Abrasives accepts the new challenge of sustainability.

Paris, France (January 21st, 2020)

Today, Saint-Gobain Abrasives is proud to announce its membership to a new European program focused on sustainability: SEAM - Sustainable European Abrasive Manufacturers.

With the understanding that the value of a "European sustainability system" must involve all players within the supply chain, the objective of the SEAM program is to support and assist abrasive manufacturers on their way towards sustainable growth and sustainability improvements, mostly in production and distribution.

To be approved into the program, the European plantsof Saint-Gobain Abrasives had to meet a series of minimum requirements organized into the three fundamental pillars of sustainability: environment, labor and economy. The company now has to adopt several evolving targets within the three pillars, such as energy management, employee safety and business continuity and work on improving its performance, reporting annually on its progress.

“By joining the SEAM program, Saint-Gobain Abrasives proudly confirms the group’s commitment to preserving the environment and resources, reducing inequalities and improving daily life for all.  It’s more than an expectation, making a positive contribution has become a requirement for our employees and our stakeholders. With this in mind, Saint-Gobain Abrasives is committed to reporting annually on its performance by publishing the evolution of the Sustainability and Responsibility indicators” stated Xavier Orlhac, Vice President, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Europe Middle-East Africa.  

Large, medium and small size abrasive manufacturers, suppliers and distributors have joined SEAM to set a European sustainability standard that pulls industry upward where it can find the right balance between environmental efficiency, production performance, labor safety, all pieces of a puzzle that betters the life of a community, and are values which give a strong position to European companies in the world. 

The SEAM program is constantly developing its features. New services along with performance monitoring and management tools are on their way to be made available to all SEAM members.

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About Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Saint-Gobain  Abrasives, the world’s leading manufacturer of abrasives, offers powerful, precise and user friendly solutions enabling customers to shape and surface-finish all types of materials even in the most complex and challenging applications across a diverse range of markets.

As the technology leader, Saint-Gobain Abrasives sits at the forefront of the industry providing highly engineered, high performance value-adding abrasives, thanks to its continual investment in R&D and close collaboration with customers.

This strong commitment ensures that exciting new products are continuously introduced which offer substantial customer benefits - helping to improve process productivity and reshape the world of abrasive solutions.

About SEAM

The Sustainable European Abrasive Manufacturers (SEAM) commit to continually improve their environmental, labor and production processes.

The SEAM program guarantees that SEAM members, all from within the abrasive supply value chain, manufacture, process, supply, distribute abrasives according to the sustainability standards with regards to environmental efficiency (waste, energy, resource), health and safety quality and innovative production processes.

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