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    Steel products are vital to meet society’s needs, and as producers of steel, it is our role to meet the demand for steel in a responsible way.

    With companies all across the world, we face a broad range of challenges and we are committed to taking action, individually and where appropriate together as an industry, to address them.

    worldsteel keeps track of the sustainability performance of the steel industry by reporting annually on eight indicators.

    By regularly conducting materiality assessments, we are able to identify the areas that matter most to the industry and our stakeholders. Our latest assessment has enabled us to confirm seven priority focus areas: air quality, co-products, climate change, product applications, supply chain, recycling and water.

    In 2019, we commissioned an in-depth study on one of these seven areas, the steel supply chain.

    To advance the steel industry towards responsible sourcing and product supply chains, as set out by the OECD Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, we have mapped the environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics of the steel industry supply chain with the aim of understanding and mitigating all potential adverse impacts.

    In a changing society in which the circular economy is crucial for preserving natural resources, steel is fundamental to the circular economy. Not only can steel products be reused and remanufactured, steel is also a permanent material, which can be recycled over and over again without losing its properties.

    The worldsteel Sustainability Champions programme, launched in 2018, recognises member companies who are leading the way to create a truly sustainable steel industry and society and who clearly demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy.

    By carrying out extensive research and analysis, our goal is to further demonstrate the sustainable benefits of steel both as a material and an industry.


    Steel industry sustainability principles

    The member companies of worldsteel are committed to a vision where steel is valued as a major foundation of a sustainable world. This is achieved by a financially sound industry that takes leadership in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

    Our sustainability principles cover 7 areas:

    Sustainable Development Charter

    In 2018, 73 worldsteel member companies signed the steel industry's Sustainable Development Charter. The Sustainable Development Charter affirms the commitment of worldsteel member companies to adopt the sustainability principles as a core business practice, which is vital to a company’s licence to operate.


    U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

    Our seven sustainability principles are aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: