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Through mining, we aim to create sustainable regional development

Sustainable development

Sustainability is one of ArcelorMittal’s core values, and our commitment to the world around us extends beyond the bottom line. 

ArcelorMittal wants to ensure its mining operations leave a positive lasting environmental, economic and social legacy, because mining activities can have an extensive impact on land, habitats and biodiversity. That’s why ArcelorMittal works with communities in the regions where it operates to build local skills and infrastructure for long-term development. 

Our 2014 sustainability report sets out a framework for how the company champions sustainability, and mines responsibly and sustainably, via ten outcomes.

> Access the report here to learn more

Committed for the long term

We 50% stake in Baffinland Iron Mines in the remote Nunavut region of the Canadian Arctic. Our aim for the project is to identify and develop the resources on North Baffin Island safely and efficiently, and unlock their wealth-generating potential for the benefit of all stakeholders. 

We want not only to meet but exceed the expectations of the local Inuit Land Claims Beneficiaries, by providing long-term employment skills. We have consulted with them extensively, as described in previous reports, ensuring everyone has a chance to give us feedback. And we want to protect this ecologically unique habitat. 

We expect to be part of the Baffinland environment for long time, and we are managing our presence and our relationships with all stakeholders with that in mind. That’s why Baffinland was so pleased to win the 2014 Murray Pyke Award at the Nunavut Mining Symposium, which recognises an exceptional contribution to the economic and social development of the Nunavut region made by a mining or exploration company.

Bio-diversity

We seek to protect local biodiversity in the environments where we operate. Whenever we develop a new mine, we carry out detailed environmental impact assessments so as to establish an environmental management plan covering both the life of the mine and what happens to the land afterwards. 

At our Liberia iron ore mines, situated close to both mountain and lowland rainforests, we are engaged in major environmental investments to offset the impact of the project. In April 2014, ArcelorMittal Liberia announced a major landmark in its environmental programme – the first-ever management plan for the East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR), a unique microclimate which is home to a number of endemic species.

Managing fuel consumption

Our mining operations are responsible for less than five per cent of our carbon footprint and the energy consumed makes up half of that.  Our mining division is rolling out fuel management programmes across our sites, which include tighter controls on fuel use, efficiency initiatives for equipment and fuel economy improvements.

Ebola leadership

ArcelorMittal was recognised by the Clinton Global Initiative for its leadership in responding to the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, which is now accepted as the most extensive outbreak in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.

With mining operations in Liberia, ArcelorMittal was at the heart of one of the areas most severely affected by Ebola, but the company resolved to continue business as usual. Working hard to understand the virus and protect its employees, ArcelorMittal hired experts to advise the company, mobilising specialist medical equipment, and putting a management committee, procedures and systems in place.

But ArcelorMittal recognised that the company’s response would be more powerful if it was not acting as a lone agent. To that end, ArcelorMittal founded the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group (EPSMG) – initially a platform for sharing information between companies to help combat Ebola, which quickly grew to include international advocacy for a global response to the Ebola outbreak, and the mobilisation of in-country resources to support humanitarian and healthcare first responders.  At the peak there were more than 100 companies, and almost 50 public bodies and NGOs, participating in EPSMG from a wide range of sectors and countries.

 

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