ResponsibleSteel Awards its First-Ever Site Certification in North America to U. S. Steel’s Big River Steel

United States Steel Corporation announced that its Big River Steel mill in Osceola, Arkansas has achieved the first-ever ResponsibleSteel™ site certification in North America.

Big River Steel received the site certification after SRI Quality System Registrar (SRI) conducted an independent third-party audit and determined the mill met the stringent requirements of the ResponsibleSteel Standard, the industry’s only global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative. The rigorous audit consisted of gathering comprehensive materials, onsite visits and worker and stakeholder interviews.

The ResponsibleSteel Standard is based on 12 principles with a wide range of criteria covering topics such as: health and safety, greenhouse gas emissions, water stewardship and biodiversity, human rights, labor rights and community relations. It sets a global benchmark for leading practices in environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility for steel production.

As an innovative steel producer, Big River Steel is setting a new gold standard for North America. Customers want rigorous standards that have been independently verified to help them achieve their own sustainability goals, and ResponsibleSteel provides the common platform for all assets of the steel value chain.

S.T.E.E.L. Principles – Safety First, Trust and Respect, Environmental Stewardship, Excellence and Accountability, and Lawful and Ethical Conduct—represent the core foundation of U. S. Steel and align with ResponsibleSteel’s 12 principles. This certification under ResponsibleSteel demonstrates our commitment to keep raising the bar on providing high grades of steel more sustainably and to keep operating ethically.

Courtesy of U.S. Steel.

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Sara Mathov is a feature editor contributing to Fugitive Emissions Journal, Stainless steel World Americas, and other related print & online media.