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SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA

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 80,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 1,650 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.
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.

Based inSwitzerland (Confederation of)
ITU Global DirectorySGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA
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Chief Executive Officer    
Chris Kirk

Chris Kirk has been Chief Executive Officer for SGS since late 2006.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Chris held many senior roles within the company. He was Vice President for Minerals and Environmental Services, a role he held for three years. Before this Chris was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the South East Asia/Pacific region in 2002. Between 1987 and 1999, Chris held a number of senior positions in Thailand, Ghana, Singapore and Australia. From 1981 to 1987 he undertook a range of different roles in the company, including Operations Manager, Business Development Manager and General Manager for SGS New Zealand.

Chris began his career at SGS in 1981 as an Agriculture Inspector in New Zealand. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology.

Nationality: British

Born: 1956