ArcelorMittal sites in Belval, Differdange and Rodange obtained ResponsibleSteel™ certification on July 20th, a major recognition after several months of audits and team mobilization. This announcement was made concrete by the ArcelorMittal Group in a Communiqué (accessible here in french & here for english Press release) and a label award ceremony took place on Tuesday July 20 in Gent attended by Mr. Bastian, General Manager and Vice-President of ArcelorMittal Luxembourg. The Luxembourg sites, with the ArcelorMittal sites in Belgium (Geel, Genk, Ghent and Liège) and Germany (Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt) are the first in the world to have been declared, by independent verifiers, as meeting the equirements 'ResponsibleSteel', the industry's first multi-stakeholder standardization and certification initiative globally.
The ResponsibleSteel audit gives each site the opportunity to demonstrate that its production meets strict standards covering a wide range of social, environmental and governance criteria, including:
- Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
- The conservation of water resources and biodiversity
- Human and workers’ rights
- Relations with stakeholders and business integrity
Certification is based on 12 principles based on a series of underlying criteria and requirements. Any site wishing to be awarded ResponsibleSteel™ certification must undergo a detailed audit conducted by a third-party organization. The final decision is made by an independent certification committee. ArcelorMittal called on the firms Afnor and GUTcert, specialized in assessment and certification services.
During a reception organized by ArcelorMittal Gent in Belgium on July 20 to celebrate the first certifications, Anne-Claire Howard, CEO of ResponsibleSteel™, declared: 'I am delighted that the first steel sites judged by the very criteria. strict ResponsibleSteel™ certification have obtained their certificate. The ResponsibleSteel™ standard was established through the only truly global, multi-stakeholder initiative ever launched by the steel industry - an initiative that gives businesses and consumers the assurance that their steel is coming from a supply and production chain. fully responsible.'
At the end of the initial phase, which therefore takes place in Europe, the program will integrate ArcelorMittal sites all over the world.
In 2021, ResponsibleSteel™ will launch a certification standard for steel products incorporating stringent raw material supply requirements. ArcelorMittal will continue to play an active role in the development of this aspect of the program.
Steel is the most widely used material in the world, and the transportation, automotive, infrastructure, packaging, construction, energy and home appliance industries are increasingly demanding materials. responsible raw materials. ResponsibleSteel, the world's leading certification program for steel supplies, aims to address these concerns.
Managing Director and Vice-Chairman of ArcelorMittal Luxembourg