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Why is this Issue Material to SGS?

Major news events this year have brought issues such as supply chain integrity and safe working conditions back into the mainstream. There is an increasing expectation from society that private companies should help build a more sustainable future. Our stakeholders, particularly the socially responsible investment community, tell us that they are not only interested in what we do in our own operations, but also how our services can contribute to sustainability.

Confidence in sustainable production and consumption can be undermined by uncertainties, such as about the activities of suppliers, how a regulation should be implemented and the credibility of a company’s eco-claims. The waste inherent in many business systems is another barrier to a sustainable future. At SGS we put ensuring trust and increasing efficiency at the heart of our services. We believe we are making an important contribution to a more sustainable future through the help we provide to our customers, many of whom are in industries or territories which face considerable sustainability challenges. We expect demand for these services to increase as the expectations of society continue to grow.

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