BlueScope obtains ResponsibleSteel™ site certification for Port Kembla Steelworks

BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks in NSW has recently achieved site certification to the ResponsibleSteel™ Standard. ResponsibleSteel™ is the industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification program.

The ResponsibleSteel™ site standard comprises 12 Principles that cover a range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria:

  • Corporate Leadership
  • Social, Environmental and Governance Management Systems
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Labour Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
  • Local Communities
  • Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Noise, Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  • Water Stewardship
  • Biodiversity
  • Decommissioning and Closure

The ResponsibleSteel™ site standard provides a simple, robust and credible framework for organisations in the steel value chain to meet their climate objectives and manage supply chain risks.

John Nowlan, Chief Executive, Australian Steel Products, BlueScope says “ResponsibleSteel™ site certification provides our customers with the confidence that BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks meets the highest ESG performance standards. Certification reinforces our longstanding commitment to sustainability and will continue to support our purpose of strengthening our communities.”

ResponsibleSteel™ aims to provide specifiers and building practitioners with confidence that when you specify or use steel that has been sourced from a ResponsibleSteel™ certified site, you are ensuring the specification of steel from a steelmaking facility that has demonstrated responsible sourcing and production practices.

ResponsibleSteel™ members include the Green Building Council of Australia, Infrastructure Sustainability Council and the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School.

“At the Green Building Council of Australia, we have adopted ResponsibleSteel™ as one of the ways we evaluate materials within our Green Star tool. BlueScope’s leadership in the development of the ResponsibleSteel™ Standard and certification of the Port Kembla Steelworks illustrates their commitment to responsible choices for manufacturing and performance improvement.”

Davina Rooney, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia

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BlueScope - 21 February 2022


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