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Aurecon Sustainability Head wins Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government award


Sonja De Klerk attributes her win to her passion for sustainability, innovation, and mentoring

05 November 2018 – Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon is proud to announce that Sonja de Klerk, Head of Quality, Environment & Sustainability at Aurecon, was chosen as the Country Winner – SADC South 2018/9, in the Business & Professional Service sector of CEO Global’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government Awards.

The award identifies and recognises Africa’s most influential leaders to honour excellence in the public and private sectors.

“I’m honoured to be recognised as the Country Winner, especially in light of the impressive list of nominees this year. I can attribute this award to my passion for sustainability, innovation and mentoring,” says De Klerk.

De Klerk’s latest award follows a long list of impressive accolades. In 2017, she co-authored the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Guide to the Interpretation and Application of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard in the Consulting Engineering Industry. In 2015, De Klerk won the PDCA Women in Quality Individual Achievement Award, which recognises a woman in the quality profession for outstanding achievement and demonstrated leadership, together with a lasting commitment to promoting quality and making a change in her organisation. She was also the Chairperson of ISO TC176 South Africa from 2014 to 2016 and represented South Africa at international plenaries during the development of ISO 9001:2015.

At Aurecon, De Klerk is responsible for fostering and driving a quality and environmental culture throughout the company’s operations worldwide, while monitoring that customer, regulatory and relevant certification/accreditation requirements of the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Standards are met. Also accountable for implementing GRI Standards-compliant Sustainability Reporting, she collaborates across multiple teams, senior executive management and the board of directors.

“I would like to congratulate Sonja de Klerk on this prestigious award. It is a testament to the type of leadership Aurecon attracts and the importance of striving for greatness,” comments Ferdi Nell, Aurecon Managing Director, Africa. 


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