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Dear Colleagues,

2015 delivered another year of solid sustainability performance. For the second consecutive year, SGS was named Industry Leader, Gold Class distinction in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for both Europe and World regions. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) also named SGS Industrials Sector Leader and Country Leader in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region for our high level of transparency on the measures taken to adapt and combat climate change using robust data. SGS maintained its status as a carbon neutral company and we also substantially improved our diversity and equal opportunities ratio.

Sustainability is core to what we do and is integral to our strategy and long-term commercial success. Our sustainability approach focuses on delivering programs linked to the most material issues for our business: upholding high standards of ethical conduct, supporting economic performance, ensuring health and safety, acquiring and developing talent, managing energy and climate change impacts, protecting human rights, and delivering sustainability services to our clients. It is through these programs that SGS generates value to society, both directly and through our customers. We employ pioneering tools, such as our Green Book and our Value to Society estimation model to estimate the impacts of our actions on the natural environment, employees, customers, stakeholder networks and wider society.

Actions on climate change mitigation remained the focus of our efforts in 2015, culminating in SGS actively participating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris. SGS convened participants across multiple business sectors to exchange thinking on how companies can work together to drive business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy. Decisive action such as this underscores our vision for SGS to be the trusted partner in building a more sustainable economy.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees and business partners for their support, expertise and engagement in helping SGS to establish its role as a trusted partner in building a more sustainable economy.


Sergio Marchionne                                      Frankie Ng
Chairman                                                    Chief Executive Officer


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