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Delivering Competitive Advantage for Mining Companies

By Antonio Gozain | Mon, 04/04/2022 - 18:02

Q: How does SGS drive regulatory compliance, health, safety and integrity on mine sites?

A: SGS is a leader in the mining industry. We offer solutions that focus on health, security and the environment. The company listens to the needs of its customers and adapts its services accordingly.

SGS offers integrated inspection, certification and consultancy services. Digital tools further help to create the right approach toward environmental protection. SGS also leverages its global network of experts to ensure it meets all regulatory standards and responsibilities.

The mining sector faces many social and political issues, which the company can help mitigate. Furthermore, we help miners cut their energy costs and to deal with the notorious lack of infrastructure in some working environments. SGS helps them to improve security and process efficiency, including the development of appropriate sustainability goals.

 

Q: How does SGS help miners better manage their resources?

A: We work on improving the quality of life of people around mining sites. SGS helps improve access to infrastructure, healthcare, public services and education. We work with miners to make sure the site complies with all relevant regulations. Regarding the environment, SGS helps companies to control their CO2 emissions. Energy efficiency is key. We enable mining companies to analyze noise pollution and control contamination and the quality of water.

In addition, sustainability plays an important role in the supply chain. In this regard, SGS helps companies to verify their suppliers. We also help our clients improve their competitiveness.

 

Q: How important is sustainability for the mining industry?

A: The focus on sustainability is a reality that mining companies need to adapt to. Several companies listed on stock markets face investors that issue stringent environmental, social and governance-related demands. Both our local and international teams work closely to improve our clients’ environmental impact, while ensuring they can protect their employees.

 

Q: What are the top priorities for SGS in 2022?

A: SGS will work to maintain its leading position in the sector in terms of inspection, certification and testing. We want to make sure that our solutions and services are innovative and best-in-class. Our offer includes the use of more digital tools to foster optimal quality, security, efficiency and productivity in client operations. This is how SGS stays on top of the market. We maintain the trust of our clients and make sure all their projects are as sustainable as possible.

SGS is the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company. With over 96,000 employees and a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories, the company works to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.

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Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst