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SGS has published an annual sustainability report for the past seven years, and we are committed to providing stakeholders with accurate and timely updates on our activities and our performance. Stakeholder and societal interest in sustainability continues to accelerate, with existing and prospective employees, customers, investors, suppliers and business partners interested in learning about the detail of what SGS is doing to deliver value to society.

We are continuing to evolve our reporting in line with our business activities and stakeholder interest in sustainability at SGS. In recent years, we have increased access to our reports by making content available online, and, while we accept that we have more work to make the content more accessible and user-friendly, we are pleased to be able to provide comprehensive reporting that is aligned to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) ‘G4’ Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

2015 is the first year that we have not published a separately designed sustainability review. Instead, we have integrated more sustainability content in the SGS Annual Report 2015 and we have restructured and updated our online sustainability report and accompanying data bank and case studies.

As a business, we support the principles of integrated reporting and are committed to working towards this goal. We have made solid progress on measuring our value to society, and this intelligence will form a critical part of our integrated reporting going forward.

We are excited by the prospect of transitioning our reporting to an integrated format, but we have much to learn along the way. We will be consulting our stakeholders in the years to come, to ensure that our reporting evolution is informed by the information needs of our key stakeholders and wider audiences. In the meantime, we remain very interested in your thoughts on our Report this year, and we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete our short Feedback Survey.



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  • Reporting Scope

    The scope of the Report covers all regions and business lines of the SGS Group for the 2015 calendar year (see pages 200-207 of the Annual Report  for a full listing of affiliates). Unless stated otherwise, our data reporting scope covers the Group business. Prior to 2015, the scope of our sustainability data reporting covered trend countries (which, by 2014, represented around 90% of Group revenue and 90% of headcount). With the change in our data reporting scope for 2015, we have recalibrated the figures from previous years to enable comparability of data.

  • Reporting Standards

    We strive to produce a report that is fair, transparent and balanced, and meets the needs of our stakeholders. This report has been developed using the AA1000 Accountability Principles Standard and the Global Reporting Initiative’s ‘G4’ guidance to help us identify, prioritize and respond to sustainability challenges, and facilitate comparison with other organizations. For the second year running, we have prepared our Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Guidelines, Comprehensive option – see Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for more details.