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Why is this Issue Included?

From our materiality matrix, you can see that effluents and waste is not currently seen as ‘material’ to the company. This is because this issue has not yet exceeded our materiality threshold, assessed based on stakeholder feedback and our Green Book analysis. SGS’s network of laboratories produces a wide range of different waste streams, reflecting the variety of industry sectors the company serves. Although the quantities of each waste stream may be small, the local environmental impacts of any effluent mismanagement, and the associated remediation costs and reputational damage, could be high. We have included an overview of effluents and waste management in our 2013 reporting, and will continue to monitor the materiality of this issue.    

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