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  • WHO WE ARE

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    The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. A second office in Beijing, China, opened in April 2006.

    worldsteel is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production. 

    It was founded as the International Iron and Steel Institute on 10 July 1967. It changed its name to the World Steel Association on 6 October 2008. The association celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

    Our goals

    • To act as the focal point for the steel industry providing global leadership on all major strategic issues impacting the industry, particularly focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability
    • Deliver benchmarking analysis and drive global improvement initiatives in the areas of environmental protection, technology, safety and people development
    • Promote global market development opportunities for steel and promote steel to the world at large
    • Provide on a timely basis world-class economic data and analysis on the global steel industry and its value chain, as well as assessments on life cycle aspects of steel
    • Increase awareness, understanding and support for the steel industry amongst all external stakeholders and key target audiences worldwide
    • Promote market competition that is free of government interventions preventing fair trade.
       

    Our activities

    • Automotive
    • Climate  change and environment
    • Communications
    • Construction
    • Education and training
    • Life cycle assessment (LCA)
    • Raw materials
    • Safety and health
    • Steel market analysis
    • Sustainability
    • Technology

    To find out more, click here.
     

    Our relationship with international organisations
     

    worldsteel maintains relations with several international organisations, including:


    Our history

    1967

    • The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was established on 10 July 1967.
    • In the beginning, there were 18 founding members from seven European countries and from Australia, Canada, Japan and the US.

     

    1970s 
    • Geographical coverage increases rapidly, with companies from India, Brazil and Argentina joining our membership.
    • POSCO (Korea) joined as an associate member.

     

    1980s 
    • China Steel Corporation (Taiwan,1980) and Hyundai - originally Inchon Steel - (Korea,1985) joined as associate members.

     

    1990s
    • It was a slow decade for recruitment of regular members but a large number of associate and affiliate members joined.
    • 1993: Sustainable development policy agreed.
    • 1994: Federations in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech and Slovak Republics, and Slovenia become members.
    • 1996: IISI took over the Ultra Light Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) programme.
    • 1997: Publication of the first steel industry life cycle inventory (LCI) analysis to ISO standards.

     

    2000s
    • 2000: Nucor (US) joined as the first electric arc furnace member company.
    • 2001: The first Russian steel-producing member (Severstal) joined the association.
    • 2002: steeluniversity was launched and the climate change policy agreed.
    • 2004: Formal entry of the five largest Chinese producers as members (Baosteel, Anshan, Handan, Shougang, Wuhan), plus CISA (China Iron and Steel Association).
    • 2004: The first Sustainability Report was published and the Living Steel programme started; the second major Russian company (Evraz) joined.
    • 2006: The safety and health principles were agreed and launched; the Beijing office was opened.
    • 2008: IISI changed its name to World Steel Association (worldsteel).
    • 2009: Climate Action, a CO2 data collection programme, was initiated.

     

    2010s
    • 2010: The first Steelie Awards ceremony was held at worldsteel's annual conference.
    • 2011: Ian Christmas retired as Director General of worldsteel and was succeeded by Dr Edwin Basson.
    • 2014: worldsteel and its members held their first Steel Safety Day on 28 April and committed to make it an annual event.  
    • 2016: Steel - the permanent material in the circular economy campaign was launched.
    • 2017: worldsteel celebrated its 50th anniversary. A Royal recognition is conferred by His Majesty Philippe of Belgium, seventh King of the Belgians.
    • 2018: worldsteel introduced its Sustainability Champions Programme to recognise members who clearly demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy.
    • 2019: worldsteel launched step up, a programme aimed at improving the operational efficiency of steel plants with a view to reducing CO2 emissions.