Water, Effluents and Waste
Why This Is Important to SGS
GRI Content: G4-DMA
Water and waste management were not among the most material issues identified by stakeholders in our 2016 materiality assessment. However, we recognize that these issues are increasingly important in a wider sustainability context, as the potential impacts of climate change and other factors on water supplies and waste streams become more apparent.
Protecting our water resources and managing waste are both vital to the long-term health and wellbeing of our employees and the communities where SGS is located. Our commitment is to manage finite natural resources more effectively, and to develop innovative ways to reuse, recycle and prevent waste. As a service company, our water consumption is relatively low. We use water in our laboratories, and for drinking, food preparation, cleaning and sanitation. We also produce relatively small quantities of hazardous and non-hazardous (e.g. mixed paper, mixed plastics and mixed organic) waste. A standard operating procedure for water and waste management and minimization has been established as part of the SGS Operational Integrity Management System (OIMS). Audits are conducted regularly by the Operational Integrity team, which assesses conformity to the procedure to ensure best practices are applied.
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