Following a successful audit completed by SRI Quality System Registrar (USA) ArcelorMittal Dofasco has become the first ArcelorMittal site in North America to achieve ResponsibleSteel certification against V1.1 of our Standard.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco employs over 5000 workers and contractors and actively engages with the local community through its Community Liaison Committee. The site has implemented strong management systems in line with the ResponsibleSteel Standard, particularly in the areas of health and safety, biodiversity and water management.
Annie Heaton, CEO of ResponsibleSteel commented, “Becoming the first steel site in Canada and the second in North America to achieve certification against the ResponsibleSteel International Standard is an enormous milestone. Having been founded over a century ago, this site has a long history within the community. This certification is a real testament to the dedication of the site’s workers and leadership, and their willingness to invest in a responsible future. Today, ArcelorMittal Dofasco produces over 100 different grades and around 4.5 million tons of steel and has taken the initial steps to become the first site in North America to transition from coal to DRI by 2028, reducing emissions by around 3 million tonnes. Alongside this, the site has used the ResponsibleSteel Standard to strengthen its management systems and environmental action plans. We look forward to working with Dofasco as it progresses on all fronts in the years to come.”
In 1954, Dofasco became the first site in North America to start using a basic oxygen furnace. Now, the site is working towards becoming the first integrated site in North America and one of the first globally to transition from coal. The removal of coal by 2028 will result in around a 60% decrease in emissions, keeping the site on track for net-zero by 2050.
Commenting on the certification, Ron Bedard, ArcelorMittal Dofasco President and CEO said: “Earning this ResponsibleSteel certification is a commitment to all our stakeholders. Increasingly, our customers have expectations that the materials they work with are produced by sites that respect the highest social and environmental standards. Similarly, our employees, suppliers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community partners and members have the same expectations around responsibility, transparency and accountability. Our certification is a big first step and from here we will look to drive continuous improvement.”
ArcelorMittal continues to drive responsible practices through certification. Dofasco joins over 40 ArcelorMittal certified sites across Europe and South America.
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