Answered By: Helga Haraldsson
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014     Views: 144

Industry codes are standardized numeric classifications that are established by governments to categorize industries and services. 

In the United States, there are two basic coding systems:

  • NAICS - North American Industry Classification System (updated in 2012), and
  • SIC - Standard Industrial Classification (updated in 1987) 

Most company profiles in our business databases (e.g. Hoovers, Mergent Online, ThomsonONE, Business & Company Resource Center) will include the industry code(s).

Among the international classification systems are the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) developed by MSCI and Standard & Poor's for the financial community.  GICS codes are used in the OSIRIS, ORBIS and Zepyr databases. 

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