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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.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

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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The most powerful: 40th - José Teixeira


At the age of 6, he was already crushing gravel, to sell and help his mother, in the quarry founded by his father, Domingos da Silva Teixeira (DST), who supplied materials for the construction of the old 1° de Maio Stadium, in Braga. And at 10 he discovered the Itinerant Library of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, developing his compulsive taste for reading as a food to escape poverty. 

Hence the defense of the symbiosis between economy and culture, believing that this constitutes the differentiating factor to make the group he leads - since his father's death in 2010 - more competitive. "Culture is the salvation of the economy", defended José Teixeira, recently, in remarks to Negócios. 

Providing almost three million euros annually for this purpose, promoting two literary awards and another for photography among many other initiatives, DST group is considered one of the biggest patrons of Culture in Portugal, with a budget that rivals that of the largest national foundations. 

This is how the strength of DST's economic culture can be seen: on Rua de Pitancinhos in Braga, the campus - the group's headquarters - is an authentic open-air museum: scattered within an area of more than one million square meters, among immense manufacturing units, there are more than two thousand works of art, including the faces of José Teixeira's parents sculpted by Vhils. 

And immense artistic installations, an airplane suspended by a steel cable, "spots" that invite meditation, contemplation and reading. Inspired by writers, poets and philosophers, such as Pascal, Nietzsche or Espinoza, Teixeira had DST's pathways, corridors and facades screen-printed with some iconic maxims, such as a famous one by Samuel Beckett - "No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”, which is inscribed on a mural at the DST campus. 

Or this one by Bernardo Soares, semi-heteronym of Fernando Pessoa, which can be read in a creative container "We all live in this world on board a ship, sailing from one unknown port to another. We should treat each other with a traveler's cordiality." 


Theater, psychology and anti-wrinkle cream for workers 

Friendliness times 70 is the metric for the benefits of those who work here. Some examples: a health center with free general practice, dentistry and psychology appointments, a library with thousands of books, a restaurant with daily varied meals, hairdressing, manicure and minor plastic surgery services, including wrinkle treatments and Botox injections. 

Another glamorous detail: the women's changing room of one of the group's companies, Bysteel, was transformed into something like a flashy dressing room for Hollywood stars. Additionally, DST workers can also enjoy football, tennis and padel courts, a fitness circuit, various rest and leisure spaces, and even a laboratory space that was converted into a discotheque. 

The group from Braga was distinguished as one of the best to work for by the Top Employers Institute, the most recognized international company for certifying the best human resources practices in organizations around the globe. 

Result: at DST, which currently employs 2,964 people, the birth rate is double the national average, which does not exceed 7.6 births per thousand inhabitants. And, at the beginning of this year, the minimum wage at the group was increased to 800 euros. 

At issue is a group where, imagine, the performance evaluation includes trips to the theater and visits to exhibitions, with even mandatory breaks for reading during working hours. And it recently launched the second edition of the Philosophy course, for more than 500 employees, as well as specialized courses in First Aid, in Mental Health and Neuroscience. 


Without Efacec, but with Agendas, TGV and trains 

"We were artisan masons and now we are digital masons. We are a very restless company, which is only well where it is not at, to use an expression that influences us a lot, which is from António Variações", said José Teixeira to Negócios, when DST was still in the race to acquireEfacec. 

Later, when faced with the delay in the emergence of "white smoke" in the company's reprivatization process, he responded: "I use the poem 'Inquietação', by José Mário Branco, in the part where it says: 'Now that I've put the boat to sea, I'm not going to fall by the wayside, [free quote]' We're going to fight hard to buy Efacec." 

An inglorious struggle, having the negotiations with the Government ended unsuccessfully last October, with the company based in Matosinhos being sold to the German fund Mutares. 

After closing 2022 with a turnover of 477.2 million euros, 66 million more than in the previous year, with foreign markets - France, Monaco, Angola, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands - generating around 20% of that total, DST group keeps its foot on the accelerator. With this distinction: the continuous development of around 90 innovation projects, in which around 500 workers participate. 

Working in the areas of engineering and construction, environment, renewable energy, telecommunications, real estate and ventures, it leads two of the so-called Mobilizing Agendas, within the scope of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, in an aggregate investment of 454 million euros - one aims to build a model housing “cluster”, the other aims to create an ecosystem for the electric battery industry. 

Among other projects, the DST consortium with French company Alstom is well positioned to win the race to supply 117 trains to CP, in a tender valued at 819 million euros. And it formed a consortium with the Portuguese branches of the Spanish company Sacyr and ACA to compete for the construction of the Portuguese high-speed train line, which is budgeted at 11 billion euros. 


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