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Consultancy with a view to certification

In an increasingly competitive market, successful organizations are those that assert themselves with a culture based on principles of safety, quality, ethics, confidentiality, integrity and transparency. Since the creation of a methodology based on management by processes and the construction of procedures with a view to continuous improvement, the preparation for certification with international recognition is essential and useful to the business.

To meet these needs, PKF offers its customers a wide range of services, related to management systems:

At the international level, the ISO 9001 normative reference is directed at the organizations' management systems, ensuring that they respond effectively to the expectations of customers and stakeholders and are prepared for change.

PKF has a multidisciplinary team that supports customers in the implementation, monitoring and transition of quality management systems to the 2015 version.

Ensuring a safety culture, based on risk management and control, promotes a healthy work environment and reduces the likelihood of accidents and unexpected events with direct costs for organizations.

OHSAS 18001 is an international normative reference (series of evaluation of health and safety at work), transposed to the Portuguese system through NP4397. PKF supports the preparation of the entire OHSAS 18001 / NP4397 certification process, which allows organizations to improve the effectiveness of their performance through controlled management of operational risks.

Different normative references related to food safety have been developed and recognized internationally, with a view to guaranteeing product quality and safety, from production to consumption. Examples of this are: ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, BRC, IFS.

The certification decision, when there is no requirement on the part of the client, always needs analysis taking into account the Organization's activity and the markets where it operates, as well as the associated investment, the level of competitiveness and the business orientation. PKF supports its clients in making decisions regarding priority certifications, as well as in the development of all necessary processes and procedures up to the third party audit phase and response to findings.

The demonstration of high levels of environmental compliance in tenders, international contracts and in the expansion of the business, assumes itself as a competitive factor of the Organizations whose activity causes an environmental impact.

PKF guides the activities of implementing an environmental management system, in accordance with the ISO 14001 normative framework, ensuring the existence of regular and compliance assessments, taking into account environmental protection, pollution, legal compliance and socio-economic needs, promoting risk reduction and increased stakeholder confidence.

The existence of information assets and the dependence of organizations on information systems implies a high level of vulnerability and exposure to security threats. In this context, the safeguarding of information, the identification and classification of assets and the systematic assessment of risks allow Organizations to determine appropriate methodologies that demonstrate the guarantee of confidentiality, integrity and availability of assets to customers, consumers and interested parties generally.

NP ISO / IEC 27001 is an international normative reference that determines the requirements of an Information Security Management System suitable for each Organization, with the objective of ensuring that the information is not used by third parties in an improper way and is not irretrievably lost.

To support its customers in minimizing negative impacts due to loss or damage of relevant information, PKF supports the implementation of a management system with a view to certification.

In an era when business is done on a global scale, organizations are required to consider the environmental, social and ethical impacts of their activities and policies. Organizations that are able to demonstrate a responsible approach to business sustainability, will gain competitive advantages and the trust of shareholders, customers, local communities and consumers.

Social concerns such as the rights of equality between women and men, equal opportunities, wage justice, child labor, forced labor or discrimination, the combination of personal, social and professional domains, environmental concerns and the fight against corruption require actions that go beyond the organization's sphere of direct influence, extending throughout the entire production chain. As social concerns increase, monitoring and ensuring external recognition that the Organization assumes itself as socially responsible becomes more important.

PKF guides, advises and assists in the development of fundamental practices to comply with the requirements of international standards and guidelines, such as ISO 26000 or SA 8000.