SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With 36’000 employees, SGS operates a network of about 1’000 offices and laboratories around the world. Originally founded in 1878 in Rouen as French grain shipment inspection house, the Company was registered in Geneva as Société Générale de Surveillance in 1919. Shares of SGS were first listed on (SWX) Swiss Exchange in 1985. Since 2001, SGS has only one class of shares consisting of registered shares.