I am pleased to present to you our latest Sustainability Report for ArcelorMittal Liberia, which shares the company’s commitments and achievements for 2015 in the areas of health and safety, the environment, corporate governance, and engagement with the community and other relevant stakeholders.
When I joined ArcelorMittal Liberia as the new CEO in August 2015, the company was facing some remarkable headwinds. Liberia was still grappling with the horror of more than 4,000 lives lost to the atrocious Ebola disease. At the same time, ArcelorMittal Liberia was suffering the impact of falling iron ore prices, which put ever-increasing pressure on our ability to remain operationally viable.
I was struck then, and continue to be struck, by the commitment, strength and resilience of our incredible workforce here in Liberia, which allowed us to avoid any disruptions to our operations and keep our concessions Ebola-free despite the challenges.
Since we set foot in Liberia, our key priorities have been twofold: first, to ensure the safety of our employees; and second, to play a decisive role in the Liberian economy’s growth and development, through vital tax payments, royalties and fees we pay to the Liberian government, as well as by providing local people with jobs and meeting our social, environmental and community commitments. I am delighted to report that we continued to do this throughout 2015, in the face of extraordinary challenges. Our commitment to Liberia and its people has not
2015 marked the first year that our Liberia operations reported against ArcelorMittal’s 10 Sustainable Development (SD) outcomes, which were first introduced by the company in 2014. These 10 outcomes identify the priority areas we must pursue to achieve our goal of becoming the most sustainable steel and mining company. The 2015 Sustainability Report measures our progress against those goals, highlighting our achievements, but also those areas that will require increased focus in 2016 and beyond. That is the only way to ensure meaningful and
To highlight some of the achievements of the past year: in March 2015, ArcelorMittal Liberia took the decision to form the Liberia Sustainable Development Committee (SDC), establishing a sustainability steering group. Myself and the wider management team are fully committed to this and our main task in 2015 was the preparation of a sustainability plan for Liberia. The core strategy of the plan, which outlines our commitment to be a long-term sustainable development partner of Liberia, is to design and implement actions and activities that will help us achieve ArcelorMittal’s 10 Sustainable Development Outcomes in Liberia. It links the ArcelorMittal Liberia business plan to the sustainability objectives of the overall group. These global sustainability outcomes help shape our corporate responsibility agenda in Liberia and are a very important part of the way we do business in the country.
Extensive environmental works have also been carried out over the past year by a talented team of environmentalists working on our Biodiversity Conservation Program (BCP). 2015 has seen the implementation of quality check dams, revegetation works, nature studies and protection of the East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR).
In 2015, our Community Liaison Unit constructed wells, town halls, an orphanage, a clinic, and a water system. We continued to use international best practices in our resettlement program, paying a total of US$1.56m in resettlement in 2015. Also in 2015, thanks to our partnership with the nongovernment organization VOSEIDA (Volunteers to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa), 300 men and women graduated from our Livelihood Training Program, which
offers beneficiaries free agriculture, cosmetology, adult literacy and furniture making courses.
The present report provides a comprehensive overview of our corporate responsibility performance in 2015, and our ambitions for the future of our operations, our communities, and Liberia as a whole. I hope you enjoy it.
With kind regards,
CEO, ArcelorMittal Liberia