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Moments after many people in Mexico City had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a quake there had killed thousands, a strong earthquake struck central Mexico once again.

SGS Mexico employees at a school re-construction activity

The epicenter was located 12 km southeast of Axochiapan, Morelos, on the borders of the States of Morelos and Puebla, about 120 km from Mexico City. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake, which occurred during lunchtime on September 19, 2017, claimed the lives of more than 300 people and toppled dozens of buildings in different colonies in Mexico City.

As a consequence of this terrible disaster, SGS Mexico decided to dedicate its Sustainability Day in April 2018 to helping with the relief efforts.

Fifty SGS employees volunteered to paint reconstructed houses and facilities at a local school for low income children, under the direction of El Peñón Foundation. The efforts of El Peñon Foundation and SGS benefited around 600 people who were left homeless after the earthquake.

In recognition of SGS’s efforts, the TOP Companies organization awarded us their Top Reward 2018 prize for our innovative practices and the actions of our employees, which have had a positive impact on society. TOP Companies commented that SGS was an example to be followed by other companies.