03 July 2018

Top marks for Tata Steel’s sustainable building products

Achieving responsible sourcing certification is a challenge for most companies, but for a multi-national, integrated steel manufacturer like Tata Steel with one of the most complex supply chains and one of the widest and diverse ranges of products, the task is all that much greater.

The internationally recognised British Standards Institute (BSI) has just completed Tata Steel’s latest BES 6001 responsible sourcing audit review, and have confirmed accreditation in responsible sourcing for all the steel products made in the Netherlands for all market sectors. Tata Steel now has the widest portfolio of responsibly sourced products and associated supply chains.

The BES 6001 certification is valid for three years and as part of the certification process BSI audited Tata Steel’s main steel making site at IJmuiden, Netherlands and  as well as manufacturing facilities in Oosterhout, Zwijndrecht, Maastricht, SAB Profiel IJsselstein and SAB Profiel Nieuwegein. The comprehensive audit process included review and assessment of site operations, organisational management, supply chain management, environmental and social criteria. 

BES 6001 is an internationally recognised standard for responsible sourcing. Bauke Hoekstra Bonnema, Senior Manager, Tata Steel Marketing Construction said: “It demonstrates we want to be a responsible and sustainable manufacturer and require this throughout our supply chain, from how we source our raw materials such as iron ore, how we make our products more sustainably right up to how we transport our finished products.”

Successful achievement of BES 6001 responsible sourcing certification for all UK and Dutch construction products including insulated panels, decking, and structural hollow sections, provides customers with continued assurance that Tata Steel’s sustainable developments are supported by independent verification, and the knowledge materials used in the manufacturing of construction products have been responsibly sourced.

Many customers want their buildings to stand out by being accredited to sustainable building schemes such as BREEAM. Our certification helps them to demonstrate they have a responsible supply chain.

Barry Rust

Marketing Manager, Tata Steel Energy & Sustainability


This internationally recognised certification provides our clients and stakeholders with confidence that Tata Steel are acting responsibly in our procurement and operations.  In an age when organisations need to ensure that their supply chains are operating responsibly and that their brands are protected, this certification provides piece of mind for both our customers and stakeholders.

BSI, the company which carried out the audit, awarded Tata Steel with certification at the “Very Good” level, just a few marks short of “Excellent”, the standard’s highest level. “It is a real achievement for a multi-national, integrated steel manufacturer like Tata Steel with a highly complex supply chain and a diverse range of products,” said Peter Quinn, Head of Environmental Policy and Strategy for Tata Steel in Europe. “It is also a great example of what we can achieve together.”

To find out more information on responsible sourcing and who to speak to if you have a question, or even to join Tata Steel’s sustainability network visit: https://www.tatasteelconstruction.com/en_GB/sustainability/Responsible-sourcing/Responsible-sourcing

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