The ISO 9001:2008 standard allows the Organisations to acknowledge their commitment as regards quality and the satisfaction of their clients, reinforcing institutional image and the follow up of a constantly evolving market. It is focused on eight quality management principles: client-driven approach; leadership; people’s evolvement; processes of approaching; management system approach; continuous improvement; decision making based on facts; relationship with suppliers on a win-win situation. The ISO 9001:2008 standard certifies the performance of a company that pursues the continuous general improvement of Quality Management Systems and procedures that leads to the general improvement of performance with a positive influence on the organisation’s results.
The OHSAS 18001 specification is a referential that contains requisites for Management of Safety, Hygiene and Safety at Work jointly developed by a group of international Certification Organizations, national Normalization Organizations and other involved parties. Its strategy aims at identifying and controlling health and safety risks, minimizing potential accidents, complying with the current legislation and improving the general performance, protecting labour force and the workers wellbeing. A new version of OHSAS 18001 standard, issued in July 2007, was more result-driven. Also much more aligned with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, it aims at encouraging the integration of Management systems, and it also includes modern and proven concepts of Safety and Health at Work Management with more advanced elements and definitions.
The ISO 14001:2004 certification – Environmental Management Systems intends to ensure a correct management of the environment aspects of the activities each business develops and covers environmental protection, pollution prevention, compliance with the legal regulations related therewith, and social and economic needs. It expresses the organization’s commitment with environmental protection, reinforcing institutional image and following up the constant market evolution. The international consensus around ISO 14001:2004 standard increases the prestige of any Organization, supporting the compliance with environmental legislation and the reduction of the risk of sanctions and legal actions. It evidences a real commitment with environment.
The chain of custody certification PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is a technical norm that defines a system of traceability of raw materials from the forest ensuring the tracking of the origin of wood, cork and other non-wood forest products throughout its manufacturing/transformation process. The norm promotes sustainable Forest Management, increasing environmental awareness and aims at strengthening and improving the image of forests and its resources. It is essentially designed for environmentally friendly companies and to encourage consumers to make responsible purchasing decisions. PEFC is a management and information process about the origin of forest products that enables us to issue clear and traceable statements about the certification of the material and to guarantee its origin from a well-managed and certified forest.
Is an initiative of IAPMEI (Institute to support small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation) aimed at distinguishing Portuguese SMEs which stand out for the quality of their economic and financial performance, in partnership with Tourism of Portugal. The SME Excellence prize is awarded to companies with financial stability levels which have successfully maintained high competitive standards, developed strategies of innovation and international entrepreneurship and which contribute actively to the dynamics of growth and employment in different regions.