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In 2013 production of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste has increased by approximately 10%, mainly due to more comprehensive reporting following the implementation of better waste management systems, an increase in laboratory activities and acquisitions.

We track paper consumption through our Green Book. For 2013, purchasing paper accounted for 1.7% of our environmental costs. 



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  • 2013 Progress Against Targets

    Target Achieved? Progress in 2013
    Complete waste inventory and reduction plan for SGS operations In progress Generation of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste has increased by around 10%. This is due to more comprehensive reporting following the implementation of better waste management systems, an increase in laboratory activities, and acquisitions. The Africa and Eastern Europe & the Middle East regions have begun implementation of our Waste Management and Minimization Standard, as part of the roll-out of the Operational Integrity management system

  • Performance on Our Commitments for 2013

    Commitment for 2013 Achieved? Progress in 2013 Commitment for 2014
    Further support the in-country programs, sharing best practices and providing further guidance and communications on waste management In progress
    There has been some sharing of best practice through the sustainability workshops in the local affiliates. There have also been communications associated with the Waste Management and Minimization process. However, overall progress this year has fallen short of our aims. Accordingly, we will review our approach and have set this target again for 2014
    Further support the in-country programs, sharing best practices and providing further guidance and communications on waste management

  • Our Commitments

    • Further roll-out of the Waste Management and Minimization process alongside the Operational Integrity management system in 2014
    • Further support the in-country programs on an ongoing basis, sharing best practices and providing further guidance and communications on waste management
    • Improve our data collection on waste in 2014 and 2015, including new KPIs on the final disposal of waste and recycling levels