Integrated Policy – Quality, Environment and Safety

SECIL covers the Sustainable Development of its activities in its Integrated Policy for Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety, which either meets or exceeds the legal, regulatory and other endorsed requirements, but it also pledges to continually review its performance in these benchmarks to meet the expectations of all stakeholders in its activities.

The monitoring of its compliance with the objectives set out, and their periodic review, are the subject of regular communications aimed at the transparency, involvement and motivation of all stakeholders, as well as constant updating in the light of the changing standards to be observed.

SECIL believes that its Vision, Mission and Values, which are known and shared by all its Employees, are the benchmark for its position and action towards its customers, shareholders, local communities and other stakeholders.

Sustainability Policy
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Commitments made by Secil

Quality of Products and Services

To employ reliable, systematic methods to guarantee the level of Quality of its products and services required by its Customers and other stakeholders, through the organisation of its processes and the technical capabilities of its Employees.

Accredited Laboratories

To promote internal and external recognition of Accredited Laboratories, for their good professional practice and the quality of their testing and services.

To ensure compliance with the requirements of standards, including NP EN ISO/IEC 17025 and associated documentation, through its dissemination and awareness by all Personnel involved.

Environmental Responsibility

To ensure responsible patterns of behaviour that reconcile the exploitation of natural resources with the maintenance and development of ecosystems where it conducts its activity.

To mitigate the impact of its activities by adopting the best technologies and best practices available and the appropriate training of its Employees.

To promote biodiversity in the territories under its management.

To reduce the carbon impact of its activity, in particular by promoting the use of secondary raw materials and alternative fuels.

To regularly provide data to the public relating to its environmental performance.

Occupational Health and Safety

To minimise the risk of accidents and to prevent the occurrence of injuries and illnesses in its employees, service providers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

To maintain a high standard of Occupational Health and Safety, through training and adequate resources for its continued implementation, including hazard identification, risk assessment and control and the adoption of equipment, operational techniques and organisational procedures.

Prevention of Serious Accidents

To implement and maintain programmes to help prevent the occurrence of serious industrial accidents and to minimise the consequences of any occurrence for the Environment, Employees and surrounding Communities.

Management System

Until very recently, a variety of Management Systems was in place in the companies within the SECIL Group in Portugal.

In all its five business units – Cement, Aggregates, Ready-Mixed Concrete, Mortar and Pre-fabricated Structures – there was a variety of Management Systems and Quality Manuals, specific procedures to deal with the same subject, different forms of organisation of Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety (OHHS) services, various certification bodies, and multiple annual external and internal audits. Consequently, the level of experience and knowledge exchange in the field of Management Systems was low and the systems were highly centralised and poorly supported in the various activities in the SECIL universe.

It was decided to converge into a single Management System in order to organise and enhance the Quality, Environmental and Safety services, integrating the various existing Management Systems within the SECIL Group. For this, we needed to establish identical management dynamics and cycles, and to consolidate and integrate methodologies, tools and practices.

Now, SECIL has, in Portugal, an Integrated Global Management System, a Policy, a Manual, a Map of Processes and a single OHHS structure.

Commitments CSI

The companies participating in the CSI have all signed the CSI Charter. It summarises the individual member actions included in the Agenda for Action, published in 2002. All companies joining the Initiative agree to implement these actions as a minimum requirement of membership, as part of their contribution to sustainable development. The Charter was updated in 2009 and will be renewed as necessary to address developing issues. Since the document was issued in 2002, CSI members have further agreed to begin independent third party assurance of a number of the key performance indicators (KPIs), which are publicly reported. Beginning with 2006, companies carry out assurance of their CO₂ data at least once every two years. They have also committed to independent assurance of their safety data, beginning with data from 2008. Other KPIs will be added over time.


CO2 emissions data

  • Companies will carry out assurance at least once every two years using recognized, independent third party assurance practitioners
  • Assurance practitioners will decide on the number of sites to be visited
  • Assurance statements will explicitly mention the number of sites visited and the corresponding % CO2 emissions covered

Safety data

  • Companies will carry out assurance at least once every three years using recognized, independent third party assurance practitioners

NOx, SOx, and dust emissions data

  • Companies will carry out assurance at least once every three years using recognized, independent third party assurance practitioners

Water data

  • Companies will carry out assurance at least once every two years using recognized, independent third party assurance practitioners
  • Scope of assured data should cover CSI indicator for water: Total water withdrawal by source G4 EN8 for cement plant


Decree-Law No. 150/2015 of 5 August transposed into Portuguese law Directive No. 2012/18/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 4 July 2012 (Directive Seveso III).

Pursuant to the provisions of Article 30 concerning the obligation of the operator to make permanently available to the public, including by electronic means, the information contained in Annex VI, SECIL provides the following information:

Maceira Seveso Communication
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