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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

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.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

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.

Photo by , finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

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.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

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.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

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.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

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.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

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.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

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.

dstgroup launches the ‘Art in public space and sustainability’ award


Candidates are invited to propose the development of a work from industrial waste or waste from the construction and demolition of buildings. The winner will have his/her artistic creation displayed in the municipality of Braga.

Helena Mendes Pereira, curator of the zet gallery, José Teixeira, chairman of the board of directors of dstgroup, and Tiago Miranda, executive director of IB-S at the University of Minho, address the initiative.

The dstgroup and the zet gallery presented this Wednesday the first edition of the 'Art in public space and sustainability' award. The winner will receive 7,500 euros and will have his/her artistic creation displayed in a public space in the city of Braga.

Developed in partnership with the Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability Institute (IB-S) of the University of Minho, the initiative intends that candidates “develop and conceptualize new works of art from industrial waste or waste from construction and demolition works”, as Helena Mendes Pereira, the curator of the zet gallery, explains.

The artistic creation of the winner will be offered to the Braga City Council by the  initiative promoters. Mentioning that this will be the 12th work offered by the dstgroup to the municipality, José Teixeira, chairman of the board of directors, explains that there is an intention to “honour the city”.

“From our perspective, those we create wealth should return part of the wealth to the place from which they created it. In this era of the anthropocene, we need public art to make us see that the extractive way in which we live, depending on the resources, must change”, he says, adding that this initiative is included in the“ good idea of the circular economy”.

The prize has the partnership of IB-S, and one of the goals is to promote the protection of the environment.  The executive director believes that “the transmission of the environmental sustainability principles in different ways, in different contexts, with different languages, is very important”. In addition, Tiago Miranda says that this “innovative concept” has two additional advantages: the promotion of culture and new values related to the area.


Applications open until 3 April

The competition consists of a model that is based on the free presentation of proposals related to the theme, which will be assessed by a jury composed of representatives from dstgroup, from the Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability Institute of the University of Minho, from the faculties of Fine Arts from Lisbon and Porto and Lídia Jorge, winner of the last edition of the dst Grand Prize for Literature.

Proposals must be submitted by 3 April by email to the following addresses: info@zet.gallery and curatorial@zet.gallery.

The final result is known on 21 July, and the work is inaugurated on 3 October.