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Corporate Sustainability

    Our Approach

    Our sustainability vision is to manage a long-term, profitable business while taking into account all the positive and negative environmental, social and economic effects we have on society. To reach this vision our global sustainability programs inspire a wide range of initiatives across our affiliates, which are supported by our sustainability management system.

    Our management system

    Our sustainability management system is the framework by which we:

    • Identify our sustainability impacts
    • Set targets
    • Conduct audits
    • Implement programs
    • Measure our progress
    • Review our performance
    • Improve our approach
    • Communicate with stakeholders

    The system is built around four pillars: professional excellence, people, environment and community. Each is supported by goals which are the responsibility of everyone in the company. These ‘shared goals’ define our strategy and direction in support of our sustainability vision. We combine a top-down and bottom-up approach to embedding sustainability throughout our global business. As an industry leader, we are committed to upholding the highest standards to ensure our business operates in a sustainable way. We align our management system to ISO 26000, and our data monitoring and reporting on material issues to the AA 1000 Principles and the Global Reporting Initiative’s “G4” Guidelines.

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    SUSTAINABILITY AT SGS
    PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
    PEOPLE
    ENVIRONMENT
    COMMUNITY

     

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    SUSTAINABILITY AT SGS
    TRUST LIES AT THE HEART OF THE VALUE WE DELIVER TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND SOCIETY. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY.

    AIM

    To excel in the way we do business.

    2014 SHARED GOALS
    • 100% of employees completing SGS sustainability e-learning
    MANAGEMENT
    • Our employees are trained in our Code of Integrity each year. Violations of the Code will not be tolerated, and there are clear channels for reporting any breaches
    • The quality and integrity of our services is continually reviewed by various teams, e.g. Compliance and Operational Integrity
    • Our performance on integrity is ultimately overseen by the Professional Conduct Committee
    • Training for our employees on sustainability is included in an e-learning module which is part of our onboarding program for new recruits, SHINE
    • Read more about our approach to our sustainability services, economic performance, managing ethical conduct, human rights and responsible supply chain in our 2013 Sustainability Report
    OUR PEOPLE ARE OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET. WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR EMPLOYEES ARE SAFE AT WORK, TREATED FAIRLY AND WITH RESPECT, AND ARE ABLE TO FULFILL THEIR POTENTIAL.

    AIM

    To improve our social performance.

    2014 SHARED GOALS
    • Equal opportunity ratio: 1.0
    • Natural turnover: <14%
    • Training costs as % of total employment costs: 1.0%
    • 100% of employees receiving regular performance reviews
    • Sickness absence rate: <1.5%
    • Total recordable incident rate: <1.0
    MANAGEMENT
    • Our Code of Integrity upholds the principles of equal opportunity and respect for human rights, with no tolerance of discrimination
    • Our Employment Policy enshrines our commitment to ethical and safe labor practices
    • Our onboarding program, SHINE, provides a structured approach for new recruits to learn about the Company
    • Our global learning and development strategy uses an integrated approach to helping our people to reach their full career potential while driving high performance business results
    • We seek employee feedback though our annual engagement survey, CATALYST
    • The Corporate Reward team partners with Regional HR teams to ensure consistency of reward and remuneration across the Group
    • We operate a number of joint management and employee health and safety committees and use incident reporting tools to monitor our performance
    • The SGS Rules for Life are 12 non-negotiable health and safety rules that help save lives
    • We have a Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) policy and an Operational Integrity Management System to drive our health and safety performance
    • Read more about our approach to occupational health and safety, talent acquisition and development, and diversity and equal opportunities in our 2013 Sustainability Report
    WE ARE COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE GROWTH WHILE MANAGING OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, UNDER OUR AIM TO "DO MORE WITH LESS". WE ALSO RECOGNIZE OUR ROLE IN SUPPORTING OUR CUSTOMERS TO IMPROVE THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE. WE SUPPORT THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO MEASURE AND REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.

    AIM

    To reduce our environmental impact.

    2014 SHARED GOALS
    • Carbon intensity (people): -10%*
    • Carbon intensity (revenue): -10%*
    • Building energy intensity in SGS-owned offices: -10%*
    • Building energy intensity SGS-owned laboratories: -10%*
    • Complete waste inventory and reduction plan for SGS operations

    *against a 2010 baseline

    MANAGEMENT
    WE WELCOME LOCAL TALENT AND KNOWLEDGE TO OUR BUSINESS. WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH WE OPERATE AND LIVE.

    AIM

    To involve our people in supporting the communities in which we live and work.

    2014 SHARED GOALS
    • 100% of community projects and investments aligned to SGS Group Community Policy and Guidelines
    MANAGEMENT
    • Our Community Guidelines guide our employees who want to initiate new community projects or raise money for worthy causes
    • We encourage initiatives that support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
    • We conduct an annual Community Survey to monitor the overall progress of the program
    • Read more about our approach to local communities in our 2013 Sustainability Report

    Contact

    • Brazil - Barueri - SP

        SGS do Brazil - Barueri - SP

      • Av. Andrômeda, 832
      • Barueri - SP, SP, 06473-000
      • Brazil
      • t   +55 11 3883-8800
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    • Brazil - São Paulo - SP

        SGS Academy - São Paulo - SP

      • Av. Paulista, 807 - 17º andar
      • Bairro Bela Vista
      • São Paulo - SP, SP, 01311-100
      • Brazil
      • t   +55 11 3254-7833
      • f   +55 11 3254-7835
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