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Why This is Important to SGS

GRI Content: G4-DMA, G4-12

Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 1, Goal 5, Goal 8

Supply chain sustainability was identified by SGS stakeholders as being a material issue for the Company as defined in our 2016 Business Materiality Matrix.

As a significant buyer of goods and services (with an approximate spend of CHF 1.9 billion), SGS plays an important role in economies all over the world. With more than 90,000 employees and operating in a network of more than 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world, we acknowledge that our more than 77,000 suppliers globally play an integral role in helping us provide superior services to our clients. Our supply chain includes global, regional and national sourcing and logistics suppliers who epitomize not only quality and value for money but also sustainability and innovation.

Our business lines have distinct and often specialized supply chains to meet customer needs, such as temperature-controlled transport and storage for the life sciences industry, or specialized movement of heavy freight for the oil & gas and automotive industries. We also make many small shipments of test samples, further adding to the complexity of our supply chain. In addition, with over 90,000 employees, our procurement of IT equipment, such as laptops and mobile phones, is considerable.

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