Our company is founded in Rouen, France, by Henri Goldstuck who, having seen the opportunities at one of the country’s largest ports, begins to inspect French grain shipments.
Business takes off and we open new offices in France’s three largest ports: Le Havre, Dunkirk and Marseilles.
Our headquarters moves from Paris to Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1919 we adopt the name Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).
We diversify and begin our Industrial Services business inspecting industrial machines and goods.
Expanding further, we establish services for the oil, gas & chemical sector, minerals industries, and governments and institutions.
In the 70s we begin providing environmental consultancy and remediation services to customers in the oil and gas sector.
SGS goes public. Less than four years later, our sales reach an impressive CHF 1.5 billion.
Booming economies in Asia fuel our growth and we expand our business to China.
Today, we operate across a wide variety of industry sectors with more than 89,000 employees across 2,600 offices and laboratories, and are active in nearly every country in the world.