How We Deliver Sustainability Services
The provision of services related directly to sustainability is worth millions in revenue to SGS. Sustainability services are part of ‘business-as-usual’ for us and are totally integrated into the strategy of each business line, instead of needing a separate ‘sustainability’ strategy and accounting line.
The services we offer reflect customers’ needs. Inevitably during the economic downturn, demand for services directly related to more immediate sustainability concerns, such as product safety, has been higher than for more discretionary services, reflecting end-consumer price sensitivity. In recent years, we have been offering a wider range of sustainability services in developing economies, in response to the growing interest in such services in Africa in particular.
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Other services may have indirect sustainability benefits. For example, we might offer a service which replaces paper-based documentation with electronic versions to increase security and process efficiency, but this will also reduce materials use and transportation of documents. Our non-destructive testing capabilities enable us to test without causing damage, reducing waste. Our corrosion monitoring services for oil pipes and storage tanks prevent leaks and potential sources of pollution. See our case study on how we are supporting sustainable product innovation through the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products Program in our 2014 Sustainability Review.