ArcelorMittal receives the ResponsibleSteel certificate
ArcelorMittal has received the ResponsibleSteel certification for the Asturias Cluster after passing the audit process completed in November 2021. This audit process, carried out by the entity DNV GL, is aimed at verify that the Company’s activity complies with a series of rigorous standards defined in a wide range of social, environmental, corporate governance criteria and the relationship with its stakeholders, which include:
- climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
- water and biodiversity management
- human rights and labour rights
- community relations and business integrity
The standard is based on 12 principles which contain various criteria and requirements. To receive ResponsibleSteel certification, each plant must undergo a rigorous external audit, the report of which is reviewed by an independent Certification Committee that makes the final decision.
Phlippe Meyran, CEO of the Asturias Cluster of ArcelorMittal, said: “Obtaining the ResponsibleSteel certificate is a reflection of the commitment acquired with our people, with the Community and the environment that surrounds us. Society’s expectations are ever greater and require us to be part of the solution to leave a more sustainable planet for future generations.
“Steel is the most widely used material in the world and those who use it in sectors such as transport, the automobile, infrastructure, packaging, construction, energy and household appliances increasingly require the certainty that the materials they use have been obtained through processes of supply and production based on responsible practices. ResponsibleSteel aims to respond to these requirements.
This certificate distinguishes us from the competition and endorses the path we have taken to decarbonis our business and make it sustainable for future generations. That is responsible management, which combines economic development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and transparent governance, to help build a more sustainable future for people and the planet.”
Ali Lucas, Acting CEO of ResponsibleSteel, noted: “We are very proud to grant ArcelorMittal’s Asturias Cluster the first ResponsibleSteel certificate issued in Spain. The plants that make up this cluster have made a great effort to ensure compliance with the 12 Principles contained in the ResponsibleSteel Standard.
It’s not an easy task: we are convinced that the creation of a responsible steel sector requires a comprehensive approach that encompasses a wide range of criteria related to all social, environmental and corporate governance aspects.
It is not enough to focus solely on reducing carbon emissions. Plants that obtain certification must also ensure full compliance with other sustainability objectives, such as ensuring adequate water management, create a healthy and safe work environment, ensure respect for labour rights and maintain positive relations with the surrounding communities and with other interest groups.
“We sincerely congratulate the Asturias Cluster of ArcelorMittal for this extremely important achievement.”