SGS is the world’s leading inspection, testing, verification and certification company. From testing for micropollutants to ensuring compliance with new greenhouse gas emissions regulations, SGS can help your business optimize its relationship with the environment. SGS is accredited to certify US, EU, Australian and many other local environmental standards including JI, CDM, EU ETS and voluntary emissions reporting. We offer not only reliable and accountable data, but also an extremely advanced and cost effective certification process. With offices in over 140 countries, most of the time SGS will be closer to your project and more in tune with local standards than anyone else.

Company details

1 place des Alpes , Geneva , 1211 1211 Switzerland

Locations Served


Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000
100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

Our core services can be divided into four categories:

  • Inspection: our comprehensive range of world-leading inspection and verification services, such as checking the condition and weight of traded goods at transshipment, help you to control quantity and quality, and meet all relevant regulatory requirements across different regions and markets
  • Testing: our global network of testing facilities, staffed by knowledgeable and experienced personnel, enable you to reduce risks, shorten time to market and test the quality, safety and performance of your products against relevant health, safety and regulatory standards
  • Certification: we enable you to demonstrate that your products, processes, systems or services are compliant with either national or international standards and regulations or customer defined standards, through certification
  • Verification: we ensure that products and services comply with global standards and local regulations. Combining global coverage with local knowledge, unrivalled experience and expertise in virtually every industry, SGS covers the entire supply chain from raw materials to final consumption.

We are constantly looking beyond customers’ and society’s expectations in order to deliver market leading services wherever they are needed. As the leader in providing specialized business solutions that improve quality, safety and productivity and reduce risk, we help customers navigate an increasingly regulated world. Our independent services add significant value to our customers’ operations and ensure business sustainability. For further information, download our Group Profile brochure.

As well as delivering services that promote sustainable development, our values also show a commitment to corporate sustainability. For us, sustainability is about managing a long-term profitable business while taking into account all the positive and negative environmental, social and economic effects we have on society. You can find out more about our sustainability policies and program in our Corporate Sustainability section.

Our vision

We aim to be the most competitive and the most productive service organization in the world. Our core competencies in inspection, verification, testing and certification are being continuously improved to be best-in-class. They are at the heart of what we are. Our chosen markets will be solely determined by our ability to be the most competitive and to consistently deliver unequalled service to our customers all over the world.

Our values

We seek to be epitomized by our passion, integrity, entrepreneurialism and our innovative spirit, as we continually strive to fulfill our vision. These values guide us in all that we do and are the bedrock upon which our organization is built.

Our history

Originally founded in 1878 in Rouen as the French grain shipment inspection house, the Company was registered in Geneva as Société Générale de Surveillance in 1919. Shares were first listed on (SWX) Swiss Exchange in 1985. Since 2001, we have only one class of shares consisting of registered shares.

The current structure of our company, consisting of ten business segments operating across ten geographical regions, was formed in 2001. From our beginnings in 1878 as a grain inspection house, we have steadily grown into our role as the industry leader. We have done this through continual improvement and innovation and through supporting our customers’ operations by reducing risk and improving productivity. Read more about the foundation of SGS in our Group History brochure.

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ISO 14001:2004 Registration:  Customers, consumers and shareholders are increasingly demanding environmentally responsible products and services. They expect companies to comply with environmental standards and demonstrate their commitment to the environment in all day-to-day operations. Clients increasingly want proof of this commitment, and it's an opportunity for companies to leverage their sincere environmental beliefs.SGS is a world leader in registration to the ISO 14001:2004 standard.

ISO 9001:2000 Registration:  Customers are becoming increasingly quality-conscious. They frequently expect that suppliers pro-actively comply with the highest product and service quality standards. They also want this information up-front, in addition to being assured that your company will continue to meet their needs now and in the long term. The ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certification enables you to demonstrate your commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, as well as continuously improving your quality systems and integrating the
realities of a changing world.

OHSAS 18001:  More and more organizations are concerned about demonstrating their commitment to Occupational Health & Safety. This is crucial for employees, but also for customers, stakeholders and the corporate image. In addition, stricter legislation demands that organizations show a clear, pro-active commitment towards health and safety. The OHSAS 18001
certification enables you to demonstrate your commitment to occupational health and safety, as well as continuously improve your corporate image.

Customized Audit Solutions:  SGS Customized Audit Solutions will provide you with the independent set of eyes and ears that will assure you that your organization and partners are maintaining and improving the quality standards you have set. Our auditors not only have the specific industry and business knowledge relevant to your organization, but are also immediately operational at a fraction of the cost it would take to develop equivalent internal resources.