Certifications

On this page you can read about the sustainability certifications we have received for our Safety, Health and Environment Management System, as well as the sustainable building certifications achieved at our shopping centres, construction sites and other projects.

Our corporate sustainability certifications

Sonae Sierra has a unique Safety, Health and Environment Management System (SHEMS) that is certified by both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

We have been committed to the environment since 1995 when we launched Projecto Horizonte. We developed our Environment Policy in 1998, and Sonae Sierra's Environment Management System (established in 1999) achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2005.

Our safety and health (S&H) culture began to be built with the Personæ project which was implemented between 2004 and 2008, and which helped us to establish the pillars for our S&H Management System (SHMS). In 2004, we approved our Safety & Health Policy, and our SHMS achieved OHSAS 18001 certification in 2008.

This guaranteed our place as an international industry leader. We were the first property development, investment and management company to obtain an ISO 14001 certification across its entire business, and we were the first company in our industry in Europe to attain an OHSAS 18001 certification.

This commitment extends to our development projects and shopping centres. Our full SHEMS - based on ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards - applies to all construction sites and owned shopping centres where our partners have agreed to its implementation. It is part of our policy to seek third party audit and certification of the SHEMS for these projects. For all our owned new development projects, major expansions and refurbishments we encourage our partners to target BREEAM Good, LEED® Silver or DGNB Bronze certification.

ISO 14001 certifications at assets in operation

As of 31 December 2019, 36% of our retail real estate assets in operation had an ISO 14001 certification. In total, we have achieved ISO 14001 certifications at 52 assets since 2005.

Please find the complete list of all ISO 14001certifications (past and present) here.


OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 certifications at assets in operation

As of 31 December 2019, 36% of our retail real estate assets in operation had an OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 certification. In total, we have achieved OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 certifications at 48 assets since 2008.

Please find the complete list of all OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 certifications (past and present) here.


Certifications at construction sites

As of 31 December 2019, 27 Sonae Sierra construction sites had achieved an ISO 14001 certification, and 11 had achieved an OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 certification.

Please find the complete list here.


Sustainable building certifications

For all our own new development projects, major expansions and refurbishments we encourage our partners to target BREEAM Good, LEED® Silver or DGNB Bronze certification. As of 31 December 2019, we had sustainable building certifications at six retail real estate assets in our current owned portfolio and we have certified in the past two construction sites.

Please find the complete list here.


Global accessibility standard UNE 170001-2

As of 31 December 2019, 2 retail real estate assets of our owned portfolio had a global accessibility standard UNE 170001-2 certification. To date we have achieved this certification at ten shopping centres.

Please find the complete list here.

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