2015 Performance

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Metric Unit Performance
Crude steel production tonnes (million) 91.2 93.1 92.5
1. Safe, healthy, quality working lives for our people   2013 2014 2015
Number of employees - total   232,353 222,327 209,404
Number of contractors - total     - 45,914
Fatalities - total number 23 23 27
Fatalities - steel number 19 21 24
Fatalities - mining number 4 2 3
Lost-time injury rate - total per million hours worked 0.85* 0.85* 0.81
Lost-time injury rate (mining) per million hours worked 0.63 0.56 0.74
Lost-time injury rate (steel) per million hours worked 0.91 0.91 0.82
Accident severity rate - total per thousand hours worked 0.09 0.08 0.08
Accident severity rate (steel) per thousand hours worked 0.09 0.08 0.08
Accident severity rate (mining) per thousand hours worked 0.06 0.06 0.10
Absenteeism rate - total % 2.3 2.17 2.48
Absenteeism rate (mining) % 1.24 1.19 0.95
Absenteeism rate (steel) % 2.48 2.33 2.78
Employee turnover rate % 3.1 2.6
Industrial operations (including mining) certified to OHSAS 18001 % 95 97 97
Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements % 94 - 90
Number of formal consultations with the European Works Council number 20 15 23
Number of strikes exceeding one week in duration number 2 2 0
No. training hours per employee hours 49 50 58
Managers that are female % 13 10 11
2. & 3. Products that accelerate more sustainable lifestyles and create sustainable infrastructure        
Research and development spend $ (million) 270 259 227
4. Efficient use of resources and high recycling rates        
Raw materials used by weight:        
- Iron ore million tonnes 113.3 110.4 115.7
- Pulverised coal injection (PCI) and coal million tonnes 42.0 45.9 43.9
- Coke million tonnes 28.0 28.8 29.2
- Scrap and direct reduced iron (DRI) million tonnes 36.8 39.8 36.8
Steel scrap recycled million tonnes 31.0 31.1 28.1
CO2 avoided from steel recycled million tonnes 40.0 40.0 36.5
Production residues and by-products re-used (steel) % 81.0 81.0 79.2
Production residues and by-products re-used (mining) % 11.8 10.0 9.8
BF slag to cement industry million tonnes 10.4 11.0 8.0
CO2 avoided from slag re-use in cement industry million tonnes 7.9 8.0 6.1
5. Trusted user of air, land and water        
Environmental and energy capital expenditure $ (million) 207 375 176
Industrial operations certified to ISO 14001 (steel only) % 98 98 98
Air2, 5        
Dust emissions (steel) per tonne kg/tonne of steel 0.64 0.60 0.66
NOx (steel) per tonne kg/tonne of steel 1.20 1.13 1.18
SOx (steel) per tonne kg/tonne of steel 1.92 1.96 1.85
Total dust emissions (mining) thousand tonnes 5.6 5.3 5.1
Total NOx (mining) thousand tonnes 17.6 17.0 15.5
Total SOx (mining) thousand tonnes 18.0 13.2 9.4
Land        
Production residues to landfill/waste (steel) % 9 6 8
Production residues to landfill/waste (mining) % 24 33 36
Water        
Water intake (steel) m3 per tonne of steel 23.1 23.3 24.0
Net water consumption (steel) m3 per tonne of steel 4.2 4.7 5.1
6. Responsible energy user that helps create a lower carbon future        
Energy intensity (steel)* GJ/t liquid steel 23.6 23.8 23.9
Primary energy consumption (steel) million GJ (PJ) 2,142 2,221 2,205
Total CO2e emissions (steel and mining) million tonnes CO2e 207 206 205
- Scope 1 CO2e (steel and mining) million tonnes CO2e 169 174 176
- Scope 2 CO2e (steel and mining) million tonnes CO2e 21 17 16
- Scope 3 CO2e (steel and mining)6 million tonnes CO2e 13 15 13
Total CO2e emissions (steel)* million tonnes CO2e 195 195 198
Total CO2e emissions (mining) million tonnes CO2e 9 8 7
CO2 emissions per tonne* tonnes CO2 per tonne of steel 2.14 2.09 2.14
7. Supply chains our customers trust        
Global procurement suppliers evaluated against code for responsible sourcing number 243 181 424
8. Active and welcomed member of the community        
Estimated direct economic contribution3 $ (million) 78,019 78,839 63,316
of which:        
- Corporate income tax $ (million) 102 337 398
- Royalties  $ (million) 63 73 73
- Local taxes $ (million) 538 544 465
- Employee salaries, wages and pensions $ (million) 12,588 12,718 10,880
- Supplier and contractor payments $ (million) 59,349 59,062 46,569
- Capital expenditure $ (million) 3,452 3,665 2,707
- Community investment spend (including STEM spend) $ (million) 33 17 19
- Other payments $ (million) 2,592 2,423 2,205
Number of beneficiaries of community projects million  3.06 0.53 1.10
9. Pipeline of talented scientists and engineers for the future        
Investment in STEM projects4 $ (million) - - 8
10. Our contribution to society measured, shared and valued        
Number of country level corporate responsibility/sustainability reports number 15 20
19
Country level reports adhering to GRI % 33 55 74
Transparent good governance        
Number of Board self-assessments   1 1 1
% of employees completed code of business conduct training % 84 76 81
% of employees completed anti-corruption training % 86 82 80
% of employees completed human rights training % 86 76 81
Number of operations with a local confidential whistleblowing system number 30 30 30
Complaints received via Internal Audit number 103 99 175
Complaints received via Internal Audit and resolved % 100 100 100

*Assured by Deloitte Audit

"NB LTIFR was assured up to and including 2014 data"

For methodologies used to calculate these metrics, see our Basis of Reporting.

1 The indicators in this table were developed over the period 2007-2013 as part of our approach to reporting under the four pillars of investing in our people, making steel more sustainable, enriching our communities, and transparent governance. This data table has evolved in line with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative. In 2014, we adopted 10 new sustainable development outcomes, and although these indicators were not selected to measure progress against these outcomes, they are listed here under our 10 outcomes.

2 From 2014 onwards we report dust, NOx and SOx emissions per tonne of steel produced as a more meaningful indicator than the absolute volume generated.

3 Estimated economic contribution includes the items detailed. 'Other payments' include payments to creditors, shareholder dividends and R&D. NB Community investment has been subtracted to meet this definition.

4 STEM = Science, technology, engineering and maths. This amount is included in, and not additional to, the Community investment figure in outcome 8. 2015 was the first year in which this was measured, following the identification of outcome 9.

5 Data for dust, NOx and SOx have been restated to apply appropriate footprint. Differences are not material.

6 Data for CO2 footprint (steel and mining) for 2013, 2014, 2015 has been amended to fully implement the Greenhouse Gas protocol regarding the treatment of exported upstream iron ore pellets. The amendments are made in the first instance to CO2e footprint (mining) for each year, and variations relate directly to the volume of iron ore pellets the company produced in that year. As a result of these amendments, data for CO2e footprint (steel and mining) is affected and has been amended accordingly. Reductions to this footprint relate only to changes in the methodology used and not to any carbon efficiencies. There are no changes to our CO2 data for steel production.