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 (EMS) achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2005. This certification guaranteed our place as an international industry leader. We were the first property development, investment and management company to obtain such a certification across its entire business.

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, recognising the importance that risks towards people and our assets should be minimised, as well as to achieve excellent levels of safety and health. The S&H Management System (SHMS) was certified by the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard in 2008, making us the first company in our industry in Europe to attain such certification. During 2010 we started the work of integrating both these management systems (SHMS and EMS), and in the beginning of 2011 we rolled out our Safety, Health and Environment Management System (SHEMS) to the entire organisation.

This commitment extends to our shopping centres. We have set a long term objective to obtain a sustainable building certification (such as BREEAM Good, LEED® Silver or DGNB Bronze as a minimum) for all new owned shopping centres and to certify the Safety, Health and Environment Management System (SHEMS) for all Sonae Sierra construction projects and owned assets that we have managed for two or more years, in a maximum period of three years.

ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION AT SHOPPING CENTRES

As of 31 December 2016, ISO 14001 certifications had been achieved by 93% of our shopping centres in operation.

Please find the complete list here.


OHSAS 18001 certifications at shopping centres

As of 31 December 2016, OHSAS 18001 certifications had been achieved by 84% of our shopping centres in operation.

Please find the complete list here.


Certifications at construction sites

As of 31 December 2016, 26 Sonae Sierra construction sites had achieved an ISO 14001 certification, and ten had achieved an OHSAS 18001 certification.

Please find the complete list here.


Sustainable building certifications

We aim for all our new development projects, major expansions and refurbishments where we have direct control to target, as a minimum, BREEAM Good, LEED® Silver or DGNB Bronze. We have also piloted BREEAM In-Use certification at five of our operational assets.

Please find the complete list here.


Global accessibility standard UNE 170001-2

As of 31 December 2016, we had achieved global accessibility standard UNE 170001-2 certifications at ten operational shopping centres (two of which are no longer owned by us).

Please find the complete list here.

In addition, Passeio das Águas Shopping which opened in Brazil in 2013, achieved a national accessibility certification from the Instituto de Cidades e Vilas com Mobilidade (The Institute for Towns and Cities with Mobility) for measures to improve mobility in and around the centre.

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