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Responsible sourcing - Responsible Steel™ & BES 6001 (UK)

Responsible Steel™

ArcelorMittal Belval and Differdange obtained the ResponsibleSteel™ certification on July 20th, 2021, a major recognition after several months of audits. The Luxembourg sites, including Rodange, with the ArcelorMittal sites in Belgium (Geel, Genk, Ghent and Liège) and Germany (Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt) are the first in the world to have been certified as meeting the requirements of ResponsibleSteel, the steel industry's first multi-stakeholder standardization and certification initiative globally.

Besides quality and Health and Safety criteria, the ResponsibleSteel certification encompasses stringent criteria covering a wide range of social, environmental and governance criteria, including:
  • climate change and greenhouse gas emissions,
  • the conservation of water resources and biodiversity,
  • human and workers’ rights,
  • relations with stakeholders and business integrity.
The certification is based on 12 principles subdivided in a series of requirements. The sites undergo a detailed audit conducted by a third-party organization and validated by an independent certification committee. ArcelorMittal called on the firms AFNOR and GUTcert which are specialized in assessment and certification services.

In 2022, ArcelorMittal Poland also obtained the ResponsibleSteel™ certification.

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BES 6001 (UK)

ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products has been certified under the BRE Environmental & Sustainability Standard BES 6001, a responsible sourcing certification for the UK construction market, demonstrating the division’s commitment to sustainable sourcing. It covers the entire portfolio of ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products, including angles, channels, merchant bars, rails, sections, steel sheet piles, rebar, construction bar and wire.

Developed by the UK-registered research organisation BRE (Building Research Establishment), the standard BES 6001 requires manufacturers for the construction industry to prove that their products are made with responsibly sourced materials. A process of third-party independent assessment, covering organisational governance, supply chain management and various environmental and social aspects, is used to verify that manufacturers meet the required criteria. Manufacturers must also demonstrate the sustainable operations of their raw material suppliers.

ArcelorMittal achieved a performance rating of 'good' in its first certification back in 2015, and kept it in the recertifications issued by BRE in the UK in 2019 and in 2021 (valid until December 2022).
Last modified: October 31, 2022
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