The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has announced the 2017 Steel Sustainability Champions at its board meeting in Mumbai. Six steel producing companies have been named as Steel Sustainability Champions for 2017.

The newly launched programme aims to recognise steel companies who are leading the way in creating a truly sustainable steel industry and society, clearly demonstrating their commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy, and making measurable and tangible impacts in their activities. It aims to encourage steel companies to increase their efforts, set higher standards and make further progress in their sustainability programmes and business practices.

The 2017 Steel Sustainability Champions are:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Tata Steel Europe
  • Tata Steel Limited
  • Tenaris
  • thyssenkrupp AG
  • voestalpine AG

Edwin Basson, Director General of worldsteel said, “as producers of steel, we know that a sustainable steel industry is crucial for the long-term health of our economy, our society and our planet. And every steel company has a responsibility to help achieve this. Many members of worldsteel have already demonstrated their commitment to sustainable development and made extensive efforts in their sustainability programmes. As an industry, we have made progress. But we need to do more and go further.

Sustainability is a core business requirement, vital to a company’s continuing license to operate. An ethically and socially responsible approach can act as a competitive advantage for forward-thinking steel companies.