Our services can help you whether you are eligible for the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), have a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project or simply want to report to one of the growing number of voluntary or state-based initiatives. Our climate change program will help facilitate your trade in GHG emissions. By promoting the standardization of verification procedures, it will allow you to participate in international schemes. We are committed to ensuring that GHG emissions and emission reductions are reported in a complete, consistent and accurate manner. We validate projects to ensure they comply with the relevant eligibility criteria. Our emission verification determines compliance with caps and for voluntary reporting. We also certify emission reductions. With offices in over 1,100 locations in 140 countries, we are sure to be close to your project. Call us today to find out about climate change services to suit your industry and give a competitive edge to your activities.

Company details

1 Place des Alpes , Geneva , 1211 Switzerland

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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Air and Climate - Climate Change
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1878
Employees:
Over 1000

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Wherever you are in the world, in whatever industry, you can rely on our international teams of experts to provide you with specialized business solutions to make your business faster, simpler and more efficient. We partner with you to offer independent services that will help you reduce risk, streamline your processes and operate in a more sustainable manner. You can find out more about how we can help you reach your objectives by viewing our corporate video.

Our group profile

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

Established in 1878, SGS transformed grain trading in Europe by offering innovative agricultural inspection services. 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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Our four year strategic plan, launched in 2010, aims to drive the company’s revenues to CHF 8 billion by 2014.

Developed in close cooperation and with the full support of the Board of Directors, the 2014 Plan defines the strategic lines that we will pursue to strengthen our already dominant position in the testing, inspection and certification marketplace. The plan demonstrates how we will deliver strong organic growth while using acquisitions to expand certain areas of our service offering and geographic coverage.

In addition to the increased revenues, we aim to achieve an operating income* of CHF 1.6 billion (20% operating margin) and earnings per share of approximately CHF 140, while maintaining strong annual operating cash flows of 15% to 17% of revenues.

At SGS we strive to grow and further extend our range of services and their geographic availability to our clients. In addition to organic growth we actively acquire companies that strengthen our business and support our vision. Acquisitions are an important element of enhancing our ability to develop and maintain the market leading services you have come to expect.