ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products certified under UK responsible sourcing standard BES 6001
It covers the entire portfolio of ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products, including angles, channels, merchant bars, rails, sections, 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.
“With this new certification, ArcelorMittal is setting an example for the construction market in terms of sustainably sourced steel. UK construction companies prefer to buy from manufacturers who can demonstrate that their products comply with a recognised responsible sourcing scheme such as BES 6001,” said Amit Sengupta, Chief Marketing Officer of ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products. “From now on, UK contractors, designers and fabricators can choose ArcelorMittal long products with the full assurance that they comply with government insistence on sustainably sourced material.”
The certification was obtained in December 2015 with a rating of “Good”. The business unit’s quality, environment, health and safety and upstream supply chain management systems, in combination with the group’s corporate sustainability reports, were audited by BRE during the 8-month assessment process, a challenging and complex task that required a transversal approach through many parts of the organisation.
ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products is ArcelorMittal’s first business unit to have achieved BES 6001 accreditation. At the same time, ArcelorMittal is one of the largest and most complex organisations to be certified under the standard.
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About ArcelorMittal Europe
ArcelorMittal employs more than 100,000 people and produces approximately half of its total steel volume in Europe. With a presence in 17 European countries and around 400 different sites, ArcelorMittal Europe had revenues of €35 billion and a crude steel production of 43 million tonnes in 2014. We supply flat and long steel products for all major steel markets, including the automotive, construction, packaging and household appliances industry – supported by a leading R&D and distribution network with 9 laboratories and 1,000 full-time researchers in Europe.