Answered By: Helga Haraldsson Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014 Views: 161
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.