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Since December 2017, the more than 200 employees of SGS Ireland have had access to the company’s free employee assistance program, which is led by the HR team.

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Available through an online portal, mobile app and phone, the program provides confidential counseling services and offers information and advice on financial and legal matters. The service is accessible 24/7 through a specialist independent healthcare provider.

As part of our employee wellbeing strategy, we hosted a wellness week in May 2018, which included a series of lunch and learn events featuring guest speakers who covered workplace related topics such as integrity, safety and security. We also provided head massages and other activities designed to encourage employee participation and interaction.

Additionally, in our Galway office, we created a chill-out room, equipped with board games, where employees can take a break and relax. We have received positive feedback from participants, and our HR team will continue to work with the Operational Integrity team and managers to ensure that more employees can benefit from the support available to them to promote employee wellbeing both inside and outside of work.