The seal of approval and the certificates are proof of our trustworthiness. The Swiss NGO sector has three different certifications that are widely recognised and applied and therefore particularly important to the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation.
- Foundation ZEWO
- NPO-Label for Management Excellence and ISO 9001 certification
- Swiss NPO-Code
Pestalozzi Children’ s Foundation has been certified by ZEWO since 1953.
The seal of approval stands for:
- the economical and effective use of donations for their designated purpose
- transparent information and true and fair financial reporting
- independent and appropriate control mechanisms
- open communications and fair procurement of funding
The work of the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation (PCF) is transparent and professional. Its resources and donations are being used in an efficient manner. Since 2009, the Foundation has held the NPO-label for management excellence and the ISO 9001: 2008 certification for the quality of its performance and its management system. Continuous excellent compliance with both standards was demonstrated during recertification processes in 2012 and as a result both certificates were reconfirmed.
SQS provides assessment and certification services worldwide and is the market leader in this sector in Switzerland. The certificates of the association are globally acknowledged.
The NPO-Label was developed by SQS in cooperation with the Institute for Association and Non-profit Management (VMI) of the University of Fribourg. Organisations that have received the label are examined once a year. Every three years a new overall assessment is carried out in view of re-awarding the NPO label and the ISO certificate for another three years.
ISO 9001:2008 confirms that predefined standards and requirements are applied in all business areas of the organisation. ISO 9001 concentrates on customer needs and satisfaction, process orientation and continual improvement of systems.
Structure and management of the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation are geared to fulfil the corporate governance guidelines for non-profit organisations in Switzerland (Swiss NPO-Code) as defined by the presidents of Switzerland's large charity organisations. An evaluation mandated by the Swiss NPO-Code confirmed that the Foundation complies with the basic principles of the Code.