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Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

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Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

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Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

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Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

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Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

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Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

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Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

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Esthetics. ESTHETICS (from the Greek aisthetiké, "sensitive") n.f. 1. Philosophy branch of philosophy that studies the beauty and nature of artistic phenomena; 2. author's own style, time, etc.; 3. harmony of shapes and colors, beauty; 4. set of techniques and treatments that aim to beautify the body.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

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Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

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João de Melo “overjoyed” for a prize that is a “miracle”

The winner of this year's edition of the dst Literature Grand Prize considers the award "a true Portuguese miracle". Despite the announcements of his death, "the book lives and breathes", declares João de Melo.

"The writer João de Melo received yesterday, at Theatro Circo, the 26th dst Literature Grand Prize, an award that this year's winner for the writing of 'Livro de Vozes e Sombras' considers "a Portuguese miracle", for being awarded by a private entity "that dares to subsidise literature with this commitment".

Having won so many awards, João de Melo saw the awarding of the DST Grand Prize as "a moment of celebration".

About 'Livro de Vozes e Sombras', which the jury of the Literature Grand Prize unanimously distinguished among almost 150 works in the competition this year, the author starts by warning that "it is not a historical novel, although it talks about things that are historical among us such as decolonization in Africa, the 25th of April in the streets of Lisbon and a diversion in the history of the Azores, which is the creation of the independence movement Front for the Liberation of the Azores, which used methods of great violence".  The author added that "the book fills this triangle Africa, Lisbon, Azores at the same time with different stories with a final solution that unites them".

The winner of the dst Literature Grand Prize admits that the novel necessarily presents a "very personal vision" of a period in Portugal's history that he "lived intensely". "Being born in 1949, literarily speaking, I came into the world at the right time. In the Azores, I still got to know extreme poverty and Salazarism from the inside. In Lisbon, I learn my Portuguese identity. Much of my work will re-elaborate the times, the ways and the spaces from that personal experience, without being an autobiography", he confessed moments before entering the award ceremony for the dst Literature Grand Prize, at the end of which he rejected the idea of the "death of the book" that "lives and breathes", because "the book is us".


"Bitter" book that revives the Old Man of Restelo

The President of the Jury of the XXVI dst Literature Grand Prize, Vítor Aguiar e Silva classifies 'Livro de Vozes e Sombras' as "bitter, from a certain point of view, that makes known the pages that in the History of Portugal will be stained by hate, violence and lack of ethics".

In a true literature lesson that transformed the statement of reasons that led to the selection of João de Melo's new novel, that academic considered that the writer "highlights the fact that the Portuguese Empire in Africa never really existed".

Vítor Aguiar e Silva states that "João de Melo, with or without intention, when thinking of the Portuguese Empire, of the tragedy and injustice it so often was towards the white and mixed-race populations, revived the myth of the Old Man of Restelo" created by Luís de Camões

Knowing Camões' work like few others, Aguiar e Silva pointed out that "the Old Man of Restelo has been badly read by certain readers who qualify themselves as more progressive" and that this character "is missing in the memory of the Portuguese for its depth and wisdom".

For the President of the jury of the Literature Grand Prize, 'Livro de Vozes e Sombras' "is not a simple book", it has "a grammar that forces the reader to be persistent", with "heteronomies that are the expression of a turbulent period of our History".

For all these reasons, João de Melo “gives a lesson to the Portuguese and Portugal".