Following an audit carried out in early April by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, Luís Simões is proud to confirm the transition of the integrated management system, according to the 2015 version of the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards, the two standards of management systems most used worldwide, with significant improvements to the quality and environmental management systems of organizations.
The new version integrates the most advanced techniques used by companies worldwide in terms of Management Systems, which include the integration of risk management practices in the planning of activities and a reinforcement of the involvement of top management in the use of the system management.
This certification, which guarantees the transition from LS to the new versions of the standards, was obtained as a result of the audit to the General Directors of the Logistics, Transportation, Reta and Diagonal businesses, and to the Processes and Compliance Department, thus confirming the positive evolution of the audited processes.
In total, LS has 39 centers (corporate, logistics operations and transportation operations) certified with ISO 9001 (Quality) and 16 certified centers with ISO 14001 (Environment). The number of centers certified by ISO 9001 is 24 in Portugal and 15 in Spain. The ISO 14001 standard certifies 9 centers in Portugal and 7 in Spain.
According to Pedro Ventura, Processes and Compliance Director of Luís Simões, “the process of transition to the 2015 version of the standards allowed LS to capitalize on some of the advances made by the organization in previous years in terms of competencies in the areas of Sustainability and Risk Management. On the other hand, it was possible to increase the capacity of the strategic and tactical planning tools of LS in order to fulfill its mission of guaranteeing efficient and competitive solutions of Transport, Logistics and auxiliary services, promoting the satisfaction of customers and society in general, from the economic, social and environmental point of view”.
The new versions of these standards were published on 15 September 2015 and require organizations to adapt their management systems accordingly by September 2018.
For LS, obtaining these certifications gives a seal of quality and confidence to its processes, services and performance, both in business and in terms of environmental sustainability.