Policy and Management

In July 2007, ArcelorMittal launched its environmental policy; an important step towards honouring the Group's commitment to the brand value of Sustainability .

The policy sets out our approach towards the environment through the definition of the ten main principles that will guide ArcelorMittal practices worldwide. The policy was approved by the Group Management Board.

ISO 14001, the internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) forms the basis for our management arrangements. ISO 14001 certification is a mandatory objective for ArcelorMittal production facilities. Furthermore, a number of our non-production plants have gained certification.

ISO 14001 includes an independent compliance audit cycle. Non-compliance is reported and resolved. Internally, compliance is monitored quarterly to ensure that all relevant procedures are applied. Furthermore, the ArcelorMittal Board of Directors and Group Management Board are kept regularly informed on a quarterly basis.

Overall, our target is to achieve certification of 162 sites, including both production and non-production facilities. By the end of 2007, 141 ArcelorMittal sites attained certification, with the remaining sites planned to be certified by the end of 2008.

We have also created an online information exchange tool which will provide up-to-date information to environmental managers across global operations on the environmental legal framework; measurements; best practice techniques; cleaner production processes; biodiversity management and relevant research studies.