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2013 saw another year of solid growth fuelled by strong performance in most business lines and an active program of acquisitions. Despite persistent economic challenges in Europe and in the global minerals sector, we achieved organic growth of 4.4% and a stable operating margin of 16.8%. For more information on our economic performance this year, please see our Annual Report.

Our Green Book reveals that in 2013 the sustainability performance of our operations has remained steady against 2012, representing around 7% of revenue in our trend countries, based on costs such as electricity consumption and staff turnover. These costs are being tackled through almost 200 sustainability projects in our affiliates around the world.  

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  • 2013 Progress Against Targets

    Target Achieved? Progress in 2013
    100% of employees completing SGS sustainability e-learning by 2014       In progress    31% of employees have completed the e-learning over the past three years

  • SGS Group Statement of Economic Value Generated and Distributed

    Generated (CHF million)
    Distributed (CHF million)
    Revenue 5,830 Employee wages & benefits 2,871
    Financial income 18 Operating expenses 2,014
    Shareholders and Lenders* 591
    Government 268
    Community 1
    Retained 103
    Total 5,848 Total 5,848
    *Dividends due to non-controlling interests and to shareholders as proposed by the Board of Directors

  • Our Commitments

    • Expand our Green Book to cover external impacts and costs, and share our  learning and expertise with peers, in 2014
    • Address specific sustainability priorities in our affiliates through targeted sustainability workshops in 2014
    • Revise the sustainability e-learning modules in line with our new strategic Plan and sustainability targets, for launch in 2015
    • Launch the “SGS Guiding Principles for Sustainable Business” in 2014