ArcelorMittal España Awarded ResponsibleSteel Certification for Asturias Cluster

The ArcelorMittal Asturias Cluster in Spain is the latest to receive a ResponsibleSteel certification, the world’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for the steel sector.

It is the fifth ArcelorMittal cluster to receive certification, following sites in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg last year and France earlier this month. The cluster, comprising sites in Asturias, Etxebarri, Lesaka, and Sagunto, achieved certification following a rigorous, independent audit conducted by DNV GL. The process successfully verified that each site’s activities met ResponsibleSteel’s 12 Principles, covering a range of ESG criteria, including:

·       Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

·       Water Stewardship and Biodiversity

·       Human Rights and Labour Rights

·       Community Relations and Business Integrity

Commenting on the certification, Phlippe Meyran, CEO of ArcelorMittal’s Asturias Cluster, said: “Obtaining ResponsibleSteel certification reflects our commitment to our people, the Community and the environment in which we operate. Society’s expectations are growing and require us to be part of the solution to ensure we leave a more sustainable planet for future generations. Steel is the most widely used material in the world and those using it in sectors such as transport, automotive, infrastructure, packaging, construction, energy and household appliances increasingly require the assurance that the materials they use have been obtained through sourcing and production processes based on responsible practice. The goal of ResponsibleSteel is to satisfy such requirements.”

He continued, “This certification distinguishes us from our competitors and endorses the path we have undertaken to decarbonise our business and make it sustainable for future generations. This is what responsible management is about, management that combines economic development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and transparent governance, in order to contribute to the creation of a more sustainable future for people and the planet.”

Acting CEO of ResponsibleSteel, Ali Lucas, stated: “We are very proud to award ArcelorMittal Asturias Cluster with the first ResponsibleSteel certificate issued in Spain. This cluster of sites has worked very hard to fulfil the 12 Principles of the ResponsibleSteel Standard. It is no easy task – we believe building a responsible steel sector requires a comprehensive approach encompassing a range of criteria across the ESG spectrum. It isn’t enough to only focus on reduced carbon emissions. Certified sites must also ensure that they are fully aligned with our other sustainability objectives, for example, ensuring good water stewardship, creating a healthy and safe workplace, safeguarding labour rights, and engaging with local communities and other stakeholders. We heartily congratulate ArcelorMittal Asturias on this momentous achievement.”

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