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SGS COMMITS TO SUSTAINABILITY WITH OVER 18,500 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK

SGS COMMITS TO SUSTAINABILITY WITH OVER 18,500 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK
12/09/2019

In 2018, 5,592 SGS employees across the globe took part in 18,544 hours of volunteer work, as part of the company’s and employees’ ongoing commitment to creating value for local communities and the planet.

SGS COMMITS TO SUSTAINABILITY WITH OVER 18,500 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK One of SGS's core business principles is "Sustainability" and a commitment to add long-term value to society. The company's sustainability strategy is built around four pillars: professional excellence, people, environment and community. Volunteering is part of the community pillar and provides an effective way for SGS to add value in the communities in which it operates.

As part of its 2020 sustainability ambitions, SGS aims to increase its investment in communities around the world by 30% against a 2014 baseline, with a focus on volunteering. In addition to creating value for the communities where its employees volunteer, these activities also create value for SGS employees, including:

Physical and emotional benefits Professional satisfaction The opportunity to put skills to use outside the work environment Improved relationships with peers Improved networking skills All SGS employees are entitled to one day of paid leave each year to focus on voluntary work. Staff have been actively involved in a wide range of projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, including promoting access to food and health, environmental sustainability and education.

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