24 August 2020

Tata Steel makes further commitment to responsible steelmaking around the globe

Tata Steel announced it has joined forces with global steel-making standards organisation ResponsibleSteel, giving customers and consumers even more confidence the company is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as creating jobs and protecting communities

All of Tata Steel’s operations in 26 countries have signed up to ResponsibleSteel the industry’s first globally-present standards and certification scheme for sustainability. Tata Steel is one of the largest steelmakers in the world to become a member.

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Tata Steel already has the largest portfolio of Responsibly Sourced products in accordance with the international responsible sourcing framework, BES 6001.  BES 6001 supports construction clients in their sustainable development and accrues points under globally recognised building certification schemes.

This move is a further demonstration to the company’s customers of its commitment to acting responsibly in all of its activities, from looking after its workforce to managing the environmental impact of its steelmaking operations, from respecting and supporting its local communities to greening its supply chain. Through this early membership, Tata Steel will be supporting the further development of the ResponsibleSteel standards used to guide the sector’s future actions.

Paul White, head of marketing for construction and infrastructure at Tata Steel Europe said: “A critical part of our work in the construction sector is supporting our customers, and the construction supply chain, in sustainable development.  Whether that’s driving transparency and reporting, through our responsible sourcing certification and our unique environmental product declaration programme, or our decarbonisation work.  Our membership of responsible steel is another step in our work to realise our mission to become ‘sustainable in every sense’.”

Ali Lucas, Executive Director, ResponsibleSteel, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Tata Steel as a business member of ResponsibleSteel. As one of the world’s leading steel producers, Tata Steel brings huge depth, breadth and influence to help us achieve our mission and goals.”

She added: “Working within the world’s largest materials industry - responsible for more than 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions - ResponsibleSteel represents members from every stage of the steel supply chain. Businesses from multinational mining organisations, global steel producers, processers and end users, as well as civil society, are working with us to find solutions to producing steel in a responsible way. As the world’s only multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for the steel sector, we work by building collaborative relationships that create real impact for both the planet and society. We know that the clock is ticking in both finding and implementing solutions to the global environmental crisis. Working with Tata Steel will help us significantly accelerate our vision towards a world where only responsible low CO2 steel is produced.”

Read our blogs below to find out more about:

How Tata Steel are building value for tomorrow to support the transition to a more circular economy

How you can create a more sustainable environment by using BES 6001 certified products and LCA 

How we launched our product-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) programme


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