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Tree planting

- Fifty employees in SGS Spain acknowledged European Sustainable Development Week by building bird houses for owls in Garraf Natural Park in Catalonia. Their efforts are helping to preserve endangered species in the area.

- SGS Italy employees marked European Sustainable Development Week by collecting plastic bottles and caps to raise funds for genetic research on lymphatic disease at the Niguarda Hospital in Milan.

- Employees in SGS India’s Telangana offices volunteered to plant trees as part of the Haritha Haram campaign, which aims to increase tree coverage in the state from 24% to 33%.

- Employees at SGS Philippines participated in Subic Bay Area Earth Day celebrations on April 22, 2016, planting trees and mangroves, collecting seeds, cleaning beaches and tagging trees. The affiliate also supported the second Subic Bay Arbor Day, hosted by the Ecology Center of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, by providing bottled water, and volunteering support and contributing two vehicles to help with the logistics involved in planting trees and potting seedlings.

- In April 2016, employees from the Samara and Warminster offices of SGS Russia participated in parkland cleanup activities and visited a social rehabilitation center for disadvantaged children in the local city of Subbotnik.

- SGS Portugal supported the European Day of Battery Recycling in September 2016. Despite there being a network of more than 20,000 used battery collection points across Portugal, awareness of these points and general understanding of the importance of the responsible waste disposal of batteries remains low. The affiliate displayed campaign posters in its offices and promoted a newly developed smartphone and tablet application featuring a geolocation tool to guide people to their nearest battery collection point.

- In October 2016, more than 200 employees in SGS Thailand planted seedlings to restore the mangrove forest area in the Bangpoo resort of the Samut Prakam Muang District. This was the second year in which SGS Thailand employees supported the reforestation project.