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Policies and management systems

The balanced scorecard is the management tool adopted by CORTICEIRA AMORIM to guide and align the subsidiary companies on sustainability matters. To achieve the sustainability targets and objectives the various Business Units (BUs) have adopted policies and certifications of different management systems.

The strategic alignment of CORTICEIRA AMORIM is strengthened by the use of the balanced scorecard methodology. The Board of Directors is responsible for approving the strategic objectives and initiatives. The Group companies, in order to ensure the effective management of the environmental and social components, steered to the achievement of the strategic objectives, have implemented the policies and management systems that are best suited to the non-financial risks that their activities bear.

The policies adopted by CORTICEIRA AMORIM reflect a set of voluntary commitments by the company in the area of ethics and economic, environmental and social responsibility. They embody, as a whole, the set of voluntary responsibilities assumed by the various companies under the scope of a management model that sets out responsible competitiveness. 

Ethical and Legal Responsibility

  • Acting in an ethical and responsible manner, complying with legal requirements, regulations and objectives applying to the activities of subsidiaries;

Responsibility to External Stakeholders

  • Promoting the satisfaction and loyalty of customers by developing differentiating and competitive products and services;
  • Guaranteeing value creation for shareholders in the medium and long-term through responsible competitiveness;
  • Maintaining a relationship of trust with stakeholders, namely suppliers, customers and society in general;

Product Responsibility

  • Guarantee Quality, based on the continuous improvement of processes, products and services made available, and the search for innovative solutions supported by technological development, in order to respond to customer needs with competitive and differentiating solutions;

Corporate Responsibility

  • Develop the qualifications and skills of employees, providing them with a motivating, healthy and safe work environment;

Environmental Responsibility

Corticeira Amorim established its environmental commitment statement in 2013, common to all the BU and subsidiaries, pursuant to the terms presented below. The activity of Corticeira Amorim has unique characteristics in terms of sustainability, providing a rare example of interdependence between industry and an ecosystem, generating wealth and preserving the environment. Corticeira Amorim ensures, by promoting the regular stripping of cork, the viability of cork oak forests in Portugal and in the Western Mediterranean Basin, a natural resource that plays a key role in CO2 fixation, the preservation of biodiversity, regulating hydrological cycles and combating desertification.

Corticeira Amorim, besides benefiting from this gift of Nature - cork -, has ensured its business activity is characterised by the adoption and strengthening of sustainable development practices. However, the transformation processes have associated environmental impacts, as in any other industrial activity. In order to minimize this impact, and consistent with its principles and practices of sustainable management, Corticeira Amorim undertakes to:

  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes, applicable to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services;
  • Monitor significant environmental aspects, contributing to the prevention of pollution;
  • ct proactively identifying, evaluating and putting into practise the suitable preventive measures to minimise the specific environmental impact of each activity, using, whenever feasible, the best available technology and practices.

 Suppliers Chain Responsibility

  • Give preference, wherever possible, to suppliers that provide raw material according to good sustainability, social and environmental practices, in relation to the origin and also the operating procedures.