Zuva Petroleum has bagged three latest International Standards Organization (ISO) certifications from the British Standards Institution (BSI) becoming the only energy firm in the country to reach this feat as it moves towards strengthening its management systems, 263 Chat Business can reveal.
The certifications include ISO 9001/ 2015 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 /2015 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001/ 2018, the new standard for Occupational Health Safety Management.
“Our Vision as Zuva Petroleum is to be the energy brand of choice in Zimbabwe in the region and beyond. With such a vision, international recognition and certification was something that we long desired. So in pursuit of this vision, in July 2017 we embarked on a journey to ISO certification,’ Zuva chief executive, Bethwell Gumbo told stakeholders at the unveiling of the latest certification Friday night.
The development comes at a time when most companies in the country are not certified, and it is estimated that only one per cent of firms operating locally is certified with ISO.
The certifications have been credited as a testimony of Zuva’s capacity to perform its blending projects and other industry related activities using an environmentally friendly template, in the wake of environmental hazards associated with energy companies operations.
Energy and Power Development Minister, Jorum Gumbo encouraged more local companies to get a certification as this helps strengthen their management systems and service provision.
“We are, in particular, excited about the standards that Zuva has chosen to pursue as they reflect the ministry’s area of focus. The focus areas of customer service, environment and occupational health are topical matters in the fuel industry today,”
“it is the desire of Government to see all Zimbabwean companies not just those in the energy sector producing goods and services that meet internal standards in order to be competitive on the global market,” said Gumbo.
Most Zimbabwean companies are failing to break into export markets owing to poor quality of goods and services which has an adverse effect on their competitiveness, experts say.