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Sustainability is both integral to our strategy and has become critical to all our stakeholders.

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At SGS, we are committed to adding Value to Society through our own operations to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world. We also seek to use our global reach and expertise to support our customers on their own sustainability journey, whatever their level of maturity in this process.

To highlight our commitment to sustainability we introduce our Sustainability Solutions, unifying our comprehensive range of services under one framework. This gives greater visibility to our customers of our services that add Value to Society across value chains. It also enables us to quantify and track revenue from sustainable activities and helps in our process of measuring the value to society that these services provide.

The TIC industry is at an early stage in its development of new sustainability solutions. Our framework will include our existing Sustainability Solutions and our key focus areas for the development of new services: ESG Assurance Services, Energy Transition and Responsible Supply Chain and Traceability.

Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS, said: “We are proud to have gained global recognition for making sustainability integral to the way we do business. We recognize that sustainability is now critical to all companies and can no longer be treated as an add-on to an organization’s value proposition.

“As more and more consumers, investors and employees demand that companies go beyond simple compliance, we will increase our focus on supporting our customers on their sustainability journey through our existing services and by launching new services into our key focus areas. I look forward to updating you on progress as these business models develop.”

Sustainability Solutions: A Framework

Supporting our customers to implement sustainable, safer and efficient processes within their value chains, our Sustainability Solutions are framed across six sustainable pillars: Resources, Energy, Production, Infrastructures, Living and Business Practices.

Sustainability Matrix Pillars

This framework is aligned with the Principles for Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are emerging as the basis for a common language for companies to evaluate their positive social and environmental impact. We will also align it to the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities when the criteria of inclusion becomes clear.

Sustainability Matrix

Having a detailed view on the revenue we generate through our Sustainability Solutions positions us a step closer to our ultimate goal of quantifying in monetary terms our Value to Society in a holistic way, across our supply chain, operations and services, and helps us to take more integrated decisions.

SGS’s Approach to Corporate Sustainability

Over the past seven years, we are proud that we have consistently earned global recognition as one of the most sustainable companies in the world. As one of our Business Principles, sustainability is embedded in our culture and the way we do business.

Our Sustainability Solutions framework is a natural extension of this, enabling the categorization and quantification of revenue across the six capitals of the Integrated Reporting Framework (Human, Natural, Financial, Manufactured, Intellectual and Social & Relationship capitals).

Paula Ordoñez, Global Head of Corporate Sustainability, SGS, said: “As a purpose-driven company, our goal is to add long-term value to society across our whole value chain. This means that we are committed to using our scale and expertise to spread positive impacts beyond our company and accompany our clients on their own journey towards value creation. Ultimately, this is at the heart of our purpose of enabling a better, safer and more interconnected world.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Investors: Toby Reeks
SVP, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Sustainability
t: +41 79 641 83 02

Media: Daniel Rufenacht

Group VP, Corporate Communications and Sustainability
t: +41 78 656 94 59

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About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.