Brian Aranha, executive vice president of ArcelorMittal, accepts the award at the worldsteel board meeting in Madrid; Credit: worldsteel

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has designated the Luxembourg multinational steel manufacturing company ArcelorMittal a Steel Sustainability Champion for the second consecutive year.

Worldsteel's Steel Sustainability Champion programme recognises steel companies who are leading the way in creating a truly sustainable steel industry, clearly demonstrating their commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy through tangible actions. It aims to encourage other steel companies to increase their efforts, set higher standards and make further progress in their sustainability programmes and business practices.

This designation reflects ArcelorMittal’s dedication to worldsteel’s sustainable development charter, with the company’s regular and transparent reporting on its environmental, social and economic performance, its commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for steelworkers and its double success in 2018’s Steelie Awards, where it won the "Excellence in sustainability" and "Excellence in life cycle assessment" categories.

Brian Aranha, executive vice president of ArcelorMittal, commented: “It is an honour to be in Madrid and accept the award on behalf of ArcelorMittal. As the world’s leading steel company, we recognise the importance of sustainability for our business and the steel industry because it sits at the heart of securing a license to operate. Securing sustainability champion status for the second year in a row is a confirmation of our dedication to making sustainable development a priority for our business.”

Worldsteel represents steel producers (including nine of the world’s ten largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Its members account for about 85% of global steel production.