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Welcome to our sixth annual sustainability report, covering January 1 – December 31, 2014.

This report provides a detailed description of our sustainability approach, and our accompanying 2014 Sustainability Review offers a summary of our performance and management priorities in the past year.

At SGS, we have spent the last six years developing and implementing our global sustainability management system and related programs at corporate and affiliate levels. During this time we have established a robust governance framework and a performance measurement system, which also assesses the financial value of our sustainability performance, and evolved our materiality process and reporting in line with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) G4 Guidelines. We have also implemented Group-wide initiatives – such as our carbon management program which is driving our energy efficiency in buildings, has committed us to renewable energy and enabled us to become a carbon neutral company, and we are simultaneously managing around 250 sustainability projects in our affiliates.

The significant investment we have made in our people and our network in recent years, coupled with our ongoing program of active stakeholder dialogue, has strengthened our resolve to succeed in an enduring tough market environment, defined by economic and geopolitical instability and the unprecedented consequences from health and climate change-related crises. 2015 is set to be a defining year for sustainability. In December 2015, a new global climate agreement will be brokered in Paris at the UNFCCC COP 21, marking a key moment to shape the post-2020 climate regime. Much groundwork needs to be done at national, international and non-State levels on the ‘Road to Paris’ and, as a part of this, SGS is involved in several key collaborative processes aimed at helping to inform progress toward a universal, ambitious and balanced climate agreement. Alongside these collaborations, we will be working across our business to show the tangible value of our services and our people in contributing to society and we look forward to sharing our progress in our next report.

Daniel Rüfenacht, Group Vice President, Sustainability

For more information on our approach to reporting please see Our Approach to Reporting.

2014 Materiality Matrix

2014 Materiality Matrix

Our Materiality Matrix sets out the issues that are deemed most important to our stakeholders and our business. Use either the Matrix or the boxes above to find out how we are managing our most important issues. For more information on our materiality process please see Materiality Results.

Our 2014 report is in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) "G4-Comprehensive" Guidelines. See our GRI Content Index and Assurance statements for more information.

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