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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

Developing trusted standards

To ensure that our mining business is truly creating value, we need to look at what is happening now - including our focus on structural improvements and costs - while also looking ahead at the needs of our business and our stakeholders, including customers.

In 2016, we launched our Mining Sustainable Development policy, which sets out the principles that define our approach to mining. It is designed to help us build on our focus on land and local relationships, and to reinforce our commitment to being a long-term presence in the areas we work - and one that leaves a sustainable legacy.

With the policy in place and aligned with our global sustainable development outcomes, we are now identifying how and where we can improve our performance, led by 'outcome champions' within senior management.

The launch of our policy comes at a time when we are also playing a leading role in the wider movement towards establishing social and environmental standards for mining that stakeholders - including customers - recognise and value. In our role on the steering board of IRMA (Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance), we have helped in the work of preparing best practice standards that will create an independently verified responsible mining assurance system that improves social and environmental performance. In 2016, IRMA was field-testing its standards; pilots are set to begin in 2017. We expect this to be a major development for our industry - and one we want to lead

ArcelorMittal Mining’s Sustainable Development Policy is supported by Mining’s 10 sustainable development outcomes.

Based on the ArcelorMittal group’s 10 sustainable development outcomes, these outcomes create the sustainable development framework for how ArcelorMittal Mining will create value for itself, for its stakeholders and for society. 

  1. Safe, healthy, quality working lives for our people
  2. Raw materials that accelerate more sustainable transformation and products
  3. Infrastructure that accelerates sustainable development 
  4. Efficient use of resources, minimal waste and high recycling rates
  5. Trusted user of air, land and water
  6. Responsible energy user that helps create a lower carbon future
  7. Supply chains that our customers trust
  8. Active and welcomed member of the community
  9. Pipeline of talented scientists and engineers for tomorrow
  10. Our contribution to society measured, shared and valued

> Access the Mining Sustainability policy 


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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