The ArcelorMittal site, located in João Monlevade in the state of Minas Gerais, has recently been certified against the ResponsibleSteel Standard following a year-long process involving a rigorous audit conducted by DNV (Det Norske Veritas).
Founded in 1937, the Monlevade plant produces long carbon steels with special characteristics for the manufacture of auto parts such as steel cords for tyres, bars for shock absorbers, helical springs, fasteners, steel wool, cables, and welds. Its steel is present in three out of four tires used in Brazil.
ResponsibleSteel CEO Annie Heaton commented, “this is an exciting accomplishment which has been a long time in the works. It’s a reflection of the dedication and hard work ArcelorMittal Monlevade has put in to ensure they are meeting the highest standards of responsible steel production. In addition to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, they have set an interim commitment of reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 10% by 2030. They have also taken great care to meet the needs of workers and the local community and to implement practices which protect the surrounding natural environment.”
DNV Brasil’s auditors visited all the facilities of the Monlevade site and interviewed stakeholders and the site’s leadership to assess the operations and processes according to the principles of the ResponsibleSteel Standard. They interacted with employees, contractors, representatives of the City Council and social projects, and community leaders, among others.
“The ResponsibleSteel certification is one of the most complex to be achieved. It assesses governance standards, from decarbonization of processes to respect for human rights, local communities and employees, from the safety of employees and processes to the responsible use of natural resources,” explained Fabiano Cristeli, head of operations at ArcelorMittal Monlevade.
He continued, “the Biodiversity Master Plan, the high rate of water recirculation, which is 98.77%, as well as the suppliers’ training on conduct and anti-corruption policies outstood. Other actions were well rated in the report, including the fight against child labour, the preparation of teams of volunteers, and the support for social projects in the region, such as the Chords project, which consists of teaching classical music to children and youngsters.” The company’s goals of having 25% of women in leadership positions by 2030 and of being carbon neutral by 2050 also drew the auditors’ attention.
The Monlevade site will also be receiving investments of BRL 2.5 billion by 2024 to facilitate its expansion. The expansion is expected to increase production capacity from 1.2 million tons to 2.2 million tons of steel per year and create 650 jobs onsite, plus generate further jobs during the expansion process. The investment will enable the implementation of another sinter plant and a new blast furnace, in addition to other improvements. Following the expansion, the Monlevade plant will be one of the largest long carbon producers in the country.
The audit report was reviewed by an independent Assurance Panel and the certificate is valid for three years. It is the second one obtained by an ArcelorMittal operation in Brazil following the certification of the Tubarão site in March 2022. ArcelorMittal’s goal is to certify all plants in Brazil by December 2023.
Read the full press release here or watch the video announcement by ArcelorMittal South America Long CEO Jefferson de Paula here.back to news