SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, they employ more than 67,000 people and operate a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.
They 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, they help customers navigate an increasingly regulated world. Their independent services add significant value to our customers’ operations and ensure business sustainability.
They aim to be the most competitive and the most productive service organization in the world. Their core competencies in inspection, verification, testing and certification are being continuously improved to be best-in-class.
Established in 1878, the company started by offering agricultural inspection services to grain traders in Europe. From those early beginnings, they grew in size and scope as our agricultural inspection services spread around the world. On 19 July 1919, the company adopted the name of Société Générale de Surveillance (today, known as SGS). During the mid-20th century, they began to diversify and started offering inspection, testing and verification services across a variety of sectors, including industrial, minerals and oil, gas and chemicals, among others. In 1981, the company went public.
The current structure of SGS, consisting of 10 business segments operating across 10 geographical regions, was formed in 2001. From their beginnings in 1878 as a grain inspection house, they have steadily grown into their role as the industry leader. They have done this through continual improvement and innovation and through supporting their customers’ operations by reducing risk and improving productivity.
They help customers all over the world operate in a more sustainable manner by improving quality and productivity, reducing risk, verifying compliance, and increasing speed to market. Their range of services cover all industry sectors and touch the products and services that consumers around the world rely on countless times in their everyday lives. At the end of the day, our value lies in what our services make possible for our customers and, ultimately, for their consumers.
SGS office, Zagreb