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Our value to Society

We look back at another solid year in which we continued to show leadership in building a better and safer world.

Letter to Shareholders

Peter Kalantzis and Frankie Ng

2018 marked 140 years for SGS. In the face of changing market conditions, the essence of what we do remains the same and the passion and dedication of our people have led to our continued success and leadership.

Dear Shareholders,

In 2018 our total revenue increased to CHF 6.7 billion and the majority of business lines performed well, in line with our expectations. We also reached a new milestone in the SGS Group history as we surpassed CHF 1 billion in adjusted operating income. Consistent with our guidance, the Group delivered solid organic growth, higher adjusted operating income margin, robust cash flow and best-in-class return on invested capital. These results underline our Mission 2020 objectives and support the creation of long-term value for our customers, shareholders and for society.

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See the full letter in our 2018 Annual Report

This webpage is a selection of our highlights and achievements from the year and is not audited. The PDF is our official audited Annual Report.

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SGS at a Glance

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.

  • 140Years of adding value to society
  • 97,000Employees Around the World
  • 2,600Offices and Laboratories
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SGS – A Leading TIC Industry Player

SGS is active in virtually all sectors of the economy. The scale of our global footprint is a critical competitive advantage for SGS. We have expertise everywhere our customers need it. We use our business and industry knowledge, combined with our local country insights, to present a single global network across our customers’ supply chains.

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Our Business Principles

The SGS Business Principles are the cornerstone on which all of our activity rests. They are held to be fundamental, overarching beliefs and behaviors that guide our decisions and allow us to embody the SGS brand in everything we do.

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Our Value to Society

We aim to deliver value to society through our operations, supply chain and services.

We add more than just financial value to society. Through our integrated leadership approach, we strive to become an ever more sustainable company and maximize the positive impact we can have.

Our business activity is designed to create value for and through our six main stakeholders: investors, customers, governments and industries, consumers, employees and suppliers, communities and the planet.

The following case studies illustrate how we have added value to society in 2018.