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“We worked very hard with Philips during the last couple of months, but due to our open relationship and the drive to deliver optimal results on both sides we succeeded,” said Malcolm Reid, Executive Vice President, SGS Systems and Services Certification.
The “Partners for Growth” strategic supplier relationship management program aims to develop closer, stronger relationships with key suppliers to encourage continued business growth. It is one element of a transformation program started in 2004 that creates value for Philips by leveraging the company’s purchasing power and transforming the purchasing function into a strategic supply management role. Though representing diverse industries, Award recipients are integral to growth in key geographical regions like Asia, and key business areas like Healthcare and Lighting.
“Close partnerships with strategic suppliers are essential in our transformation to best-in-class supply management and to encourage innovation and growth,” said Barbara Kux, Chief Procurement Officer of Royal Philips Electronics and member of the Group Management Committee.  
The Awards were presented in Shanghai, China, as part of the Philips Supply Management Leadership Meeting. This Meeting was themed around and hosted in China, one of Philips’ key growth markets. SGS was one of the five awarded suppliers.
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 48’000 employees, SGS operates a network of almost 1’000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS is the market leader in management systems certification services against a variety of standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, diverse food safety schemes, Social Accountability certification (SA 8000), IECQ HSPM 080000 and customer-specific audit solutions.
Group photo (from right): Jeff Dowson, International Sales Manager, SGS Systems & Services Certification Malcolm Reid, Executive Vice President, SGS Systems & Services Certification Barbara Kux, Chief Procurement Officer of Royal Philips Electronics   Frank Dingen, Philips PGP For further information, please contact:
Jeff Dowson
SGS United Kingdom
Systems & Services Certification
Tel: (+44) (0) 7889 939 725
Email Notes for Editors: The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 48,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.