Our Approach to Diversity and Equal Opportunities
The SGS Code of Integrity and Employment policy underline our commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in our employment relationships.
We focus on finding the right person for the right job and base all aspects of our employment relationships on the principle of equal opportunity. All SGS employees must be treated and evaluated solely on their job-related skills, qualifications, behavior and performance. Discrimination is not tolerated.
The Chief Compliance Officer has overall responsibility for managing compliance with the Code and performance is reported to the Professional Conduct Committee. See Our Approach to Human Rights for more information on our processes for reporting and managing non-compliance with the Code.
The Senior Vice President Human Resources is responsible for managing compliance with the Employment policy and ensuring that the company maintains up-to-date records on recruitment, training and promotion which provide a transparent view of opportunities for employees and their progression within the organization.
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All employees and managers are trained in the principles of non-discrimination as part of our mandatory annual integrity training. In certain affiliates, for example in South Africa, formal training on non-discriminatory practices will be covered as part of the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment requirements.
We encourage employees and other stakeholders to report suspected cases of discrimination through our global integrity helpline. In addition, we have a confidential hotline dedicated to reporting potential cases of discrimination in the US. Where cases of discrimination are identified, we conduct investigations and provide recourse for employees.
Cases of suspected discrimination reported via our integrity helplines are monitored by the corporate Compliance team and data is presented to the Professional Conduct Committee. In 2013, no cases of discrimination were reported via our helplines.
Our Investigation Network investigated two suspected cases of sexual harassment at work. Of these, none were upheld.
SGS establishes programs to promote diversity across our global network. For example, our HR Discovery Pass fast-tracks high potential HR professionals through a series of six-month placements in different regions to experience our diverse network of skills, languages and cultures. Some regions also engage in programs designed to empower women. For example, SGS in North America supports MOMENTUM, an established organization which identifies top-level candidates and addresses the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. Through skills-based training and mentoring, MOMENTUM helps to build the capabilities of emerging leaders by offering best practices for top-level managers.
To read about our programs promoting diversity, see our 2013 Sustainability Highlights report.
Through our community initiatives we aim to encourage and support efforts to build a climate of tolerance and equal access to opportunities such as adult education programs and health and childcare services.
- The SGS Community Outreach Program on Education (SCOPE) – an initiative by SGS Singapore giving primary school children the chance to meet professionals in their work environment
- SGS India celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013 through a series of events aimed at improving self-esteem and self-awareness. The region also held a series of ‘Pretty Tough’ workshops for female employees across all sites to teach self-protection skills
- SGS Canada is promoting women’s empowerment through Momentum, a global network aimed at inspiring and elevating the professional potential of women executives through developing leadership skills and increasing their number, effectiveness and visibility. An open forum has been established for Momentum members within SGS to exchange information. In addition, keynote speakers from within and outside the company are invited to share their achievements. Over 50 women in managerial roles have joined Momentum within SGS Canada