The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the consensus reached among global leaders in 2015 on what needs to be done by 2030 to ensure peace and prosperity for people and planet. Our own 10 SD outcomes were informed by the SDGs as they were being developed in 2014. We believe our best way of contributing to the 17 SDGs is to pursue our 10 SD outcomes.  

Our deeper assessment of our relationship with the SDGs looks at both in our ability to contribute positive value as a business and an employer, and our potential to reduce any negative impacts we have, such as air emissions. 

Our assessment of the SDGs, and their alignment with our 10 SD outcomes, has led us to conclude that there are four SDGs where we plan to make the most significant contributions to SD in the coming decade.

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities
our products and solutions – all designed to have a positive sustainability impact - are a vital part of the systems and infrastructure that provide sustainable, high-quality living standards for a growing and urbanising population:

  • Renewable energy systems, from solar to hydrogen;
  • safe, clean transport systems including electric vehicles;
  • smart designs for low-emissions buildings;
  • scientific instruments for the modern economy;
  • flood protection and water treatment systems;
  • safe, durable, recyclable packaging.

You can read more about this here.

SDG 12 Responsible production and consumption
Working for a better world implies having open and honest conversations about our social and environmental impact on our stakeholders and the planet, and working hard to transform this into positive long-term outcomes. We have been a driving force behind the creation of ResponsibleSteel , a social, environmental and governance standard created through a multi-stakeholder process. Steelmaking sites can now be audited against this standard, and customers can drive change by requiring the steel they buy is certified.

See SDG target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.

SDG 13 Climate Action
we are transforming the environmental impact of steelmaking by developing breakthrough low-emissions technologies, and working with a range of partners, policymakers and thought leaders to identify and build the conditions that will enable low-emissions steelmaking to become a reality. Whilst SDG 13 is aimed at national governments, ArcelorMittal works with policymakers, as well as customers and investors and relevant initiatives such as ResponsibleSteel and the Science-based Target Initiative, to establish what mechanisms are needed to facilitate the low-emissions transition for the steel industry, in line with this target.

See SDG target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning. 

SDG 17 Partnership for the goals
Together with our collaborative approach to innovation and standard-setting, our open way of working with local communities emphasises the importance of partnership in our approach to sustainable development. We have a range of low-carbon technology partnerships in progress, partner with local communities on initiatives such as the Sustain our Great Lakes programme and work closely to strengthen stakeholder collaborations such as IRMA, TSM and ResponsibleSteel™. Read more about this in our

See SDG target 17.16.1: Enhancements in multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals. You can read more about this here.