In Spain, sites in Asturias such as Avilès and Sagunto successfully passed the third-party audit carried out by DNV GL and based on the ResponsibleSteel™ standard, which is the first global certification initiative for the steel industry focused on social, environmental and corporate governance (ESG) aspects. In France, ArcelorMittal sites in Fos-sur-Mer, Saint Chély d'Apcher, Dunkerque, Mardyck, Desvres, Montataire, Florange and Mouzon also successfully completed the audit process, which was carried out by international auditing firm AFNOR, which specializes in assessment and certification services. This completes previous ResponsibleSteel™ certifications in Belgium (Gent, Liége, Genk and Geel), Germany (Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt) and Luxembourg in 2021 and Brazil (Tubarao) in January 2022.
The audits are designed to verify that a steel site’s activities meet a set of rigorously defined standards across a broad range of social, environmental and governance criteria and stakeholder relations, including:
The standard is based on 12 Principles which, in turn, include a variety of criteria and requirements. To achieve ResponsibleSteel™ certification, each site must undergo a rigorous third-party audit, with the resulting report reviewed by an independent Certification Committee which makes the final certification decision.