On the road to the highest standards
ArcelorMittal wants its stakeholders to be assured that the steel, which is by nature a material with infinite recycling potential, is produced to the highest standards in areas such as health and safety, organisational and management culture, and relationships with the environment - including broad environmental and biodiversity protection. ResponsibleSteel™ is an affirmation of meeting these requirements.
In July 2021, ArcelorMittal announced that its plants in Belgium (Geel, Genk, Ghent, and Liège), Luxembourg (Belval, Differdange, and Rodange), and Germany (Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt) were the first steel mills in the world to be independently audited and found to meet the standards required under ResponsibleSteel™.
In May 2022, the company's plants in Asturias, Spain and ArcelorMittal Méditerranée in France were also certified. In June, France Nord was also certified, covering its plants in Dunkerque, Mardyck, Desvres, Montataire, Florange, Mouzon, and Basse-Indre.
In November of the same year, ArcelorMittal Poland joined the ranks of certified plants as the first such group of plants in Eastern Europe.
ArcelorMittal Warsaw receives ResponsibleSteel™ certification
ArcelorMittal Warszawa (ArcelorMittal Warsaw) is among one of the few companies to have received ResponsibleSteel™ certification. After a successful audit by the DNV Poland certification body (an auditor accredited by the ResponsibleSteel™ organisation), ArcelorMittal Warsaw received its certification on 24 January 2023 confirming that it meets all of the criteria included in the ResponsibleSteel™ standard.
Published: 3 February 2023
The audits are designed to verify that a steel plant's operations meet a set of rigorously defined requirements, which the auditors confirm not only on the basis of the documents they receive, but also through a series of interviews with internal and external stakeholders. They take into account a wide range of social and environmental criteria divided into 12 principles. Social criteria include business integrity, relations with employees and communities, human rights, and labour rights. Environmental criteria include climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, water management, waste and noise emissions, and biodiversity.
The auditing process
The audit was conducted by independent auditors from DNV. The first stage, which took place in May 2022, confirmed the steelworks' readiness for the second stage - the essential certification process based on interviews and documentation. The second stage of the audit took place in September 2022. In addition to an in-depth analysis of documents, it included a series of assessments by the auditors verifying how sustainable steel production works in practice at the plant. The auditors focussed on interviews with the management of individual departments, made visits to production areas, and conducted individual and group interviews with employees, trade unions, and other ArcelorMittal Warsaw stakeholders, including representatives of the local community.