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Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 2, Goal 5, Goal 8, Goal 16

Training on ethical conduct and human rights

During 2016, 97% of SGS employees participated in our Annual Integrity Training, which covers all aspects of the SGS Code of Integrity and includes, among other topics, bribery and corruption and employee relations (including non-discrimination).

Financial assistance received from governments and in-kind contributions to political parties

We do not receive any significant financial assistance from governments. We do benefit from incentives in the form of grants from certain government schemes, for example, energy saving incentives, but these are of low value.

We have a neutral position towards development of public policy to ensure its impartiality; for this reason, we do not provide any financial or in-kind support, given directly or indirectly, to political parties, their elected representatives, or persons seeking political office. This information is based on our global information gathering system. We are not aware of any significant incentives granted by governments or any financial aid granted to political parties at local level during 2016.

Anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust and monopoly practices

In 2016 we have not identified any legal actions related to anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices. This information is based on our global information gathering system based on incidents reported via the SGS integrity helplines. We are not aware of any significant incidents of this type at a local level during 2016.

Non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes

In 2016 we have not identified any incidents of  non-compliance with regulations concerning:

  • Environment
  • Health and safety impacts of our products and services
  • Product and service information and labeling
  • Marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship

This information is based on our global information gathering system, based on incidents reported via the SGS integrity helplines. We are not aware of any significant incidents of these types reported at a local level during 2016.

Violations of the SGS Code of Integrity

  • During 2016, 207 integrity issues were reported via our integrity helplines and 155 investigations were conducted. Of these:
    • 22 incidents reported involved breaches of the Code of Integrity. These resulted in 7 confirmed incidents in which employees were dismissed
    • There were zero reported grievances relating to human rights, labor practices, environmental and societal violations
    • There were zero reported violations of the rights of indigenous people
    • There were zero cases of discrimination reported via our helplines
    • 2 confirmed cases of corruption were recorded. Neither of these resulted in public legal cases brought against the Company or against SGS employees
  • No operations were identified as having a significant risk of incidences of child labor, forced or compulsory labor, or of violating the right to exercise freedom of association
  • In 2016, we have not identified any complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy or losses of customer data. This information is based on our global information gathering system, based on incidents reported via the SGS integrity helplines. We are not aware of any significant incidents of this type occurring at a local level during 2016
  • In 2016 we have not identified the payment or imposition of any significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services across the organization. This information is based on our global information gathering system based on incidents reported via the SGS integrity helplines. We are not aware of any significant incidents of this type at a local level during 2016.

 

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