SGS SA (Public, VTX:SGSN) is a Swiss holding company that, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of certification, inspection and inspection services, outsourcing and risk management services, as well as testing, technical consultancy and training services. The Company is active in 10 business segments: agriculture; automotive, consumer testing; environment; governments and institutions; industrial services; life science; minerals; oil, gas and chemicals, and systems & services certification.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had 127 wholly owned subsidiaries in Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China and Chile, among others, and 15 majority owned subsidiaries in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Malaysia, Madagascar and Lebanon, among others. The Company also had, as of December 31, 2009, six minority owned subsidiaries in Tunisia, New Zealand, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran and Indonesia
First 'marine monument' created in the Atlantic United States
The United States Government has created the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument, saying that the new protected area was a needed response to risky climate changes, ocean dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices.
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