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In 2018, SGS Russia became the first affiliate to pilot the SGS Supplier Code of Conduct and implement a program to screen, analyze and audit its suppliers against defined procurement and sustainability criteria.

A total of 152 suppliers actively engaged in the process by completing the SGS Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Many participants used the assessment as an opportunity to align with SGS’s expectations across ethical, social and environmental dimensions while also strengthening their knowledge and management practices. In fact, a number of suppliers expressed interest in working with SGS to find improved ways of managing sustainability issues. For example, one supplier of laboratory equipment engaged SGS’s help in achieving certification to the ISO 90001 standard to ensure that its internal management systems were in line with global best practice standards.

After completing the pilot phase, SGS Russia plans to extend the Self-Assessment Questionnaire to its network of 2,300 suppliers during 2019. This will ensure that an increasing number of suppliers to SGS Russia will be working to align themselves with the SGS sustainable procurement criteria and meet the requirements of the SGS Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, since November 2018, SGS Russia has been integrating the SGS Business Principles into its supplier contracts, ensuring that suppliers to SGS Russia are contractually obliged to meet our standards of responsible business conduct.