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Industeel achieves ResponsibleSteel™ Certification for its mills in Charleroi, Le Creusot and Chateauneuf.

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Published on : 16/01/2024

Industeel, a global player in stainless, carbon and low alloy specialty steel heavy plates, part of ArcelorMittal, has been successfully certified to be operating at the ResponsibleSteel™ Standard. Committed to maximizing steel’s contribution to a sustainable society, Industeel underwent, over the last 12 months, a rigorous international audit process carried out by accredited auditors from AFNOR that delivered, on November 17th, 2023 the certificate which confirms that it fulfills the criteria required to earn the certification.

ResponsibleSteel™ is the only global multistakeholder Standard and certification program in the industry. Mr. Alex Nick, Chief Executive Officer for Industeel, said: « ResponsibleSteel™ is critical to our goal of striving for leadership in environmental excellence. We have one of the smallest carbon footprints in the industry and strive to adopt best practices in terms of ethics, governance, community engagement and corporate citizenship. This certification reinforces our commitment to sustainability, since it is part of our mission to offer the market steel solutions produced in a responsible manner. »

The ResponsibleSteel™ Standard, which was designed together by business partners and NGOs with the aim of promoting steel as a responsible material of choice, contains 12 principles with more than 200 requirements that set the benchmark for responsible steel production. The audit examined such sustainability topics as:

– Governance and ethics

– Health & Safety and other labour and human rights

– Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity

– Water stewardship and other environmental impacts

– Stakeholder engagement and local community relations.  

In accordance with the standard process, Industeel received numerous technical visits that led, in many cases, to adjustments and even changes in course. The analysis was completed by extensive exchanges with our external stakeholders, including officials, neighbors, associations, subcontractors, employees and unions. An independent Assurance Panel reviewed the final audit report and agreed with the audit team’s conclusion that Industeel meets the ResponsibleSteel™ criteria.

Mrs Annie Heaton, Chief Executive Officer ResponsibleSteel™, commented: ‘We’re delighted that ArcelorMittal’s Industeel business division, comprising Industeel Belgium, Industeel Creusot and Industeel Loire, has achieved site certification against the ResponsibleSteel International Standard. This achievement underlines ArcelorMittal’s continued dedication to show leadership in sustainable steel production in every region in which they operate. The certification of these sites fills another gap in the value chain, paving the way for a responsible supply chain from the furnace to the end customer.’

Industeel is a global player in stainless, carbon and low alloy specialty steel heavy plates, with customers in over 40 countries. Industeel’s production is organized around three sites, Industeel Belgium, Industeel Creusot and Industeel Loire (the three mills awarded with the ResponsibleSteel™ certificate).  Industeel operates three electric arc furnaces in France and Belgium and is a leader in high value specialty products. Industeel places sustainability at the heart of its business, helping customers worldwide to excel in the circular economy.

For further information, please refer to our website at www.industeel.arcelormittal.com.

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