Social sustainability

The steel industry is committed to the goal of an injury-free and healthy workplace. All injuries and work-related illnesses can and must be prevented.

Also, as part of its social responsibility work, worldsteel provides resources for the education of employees and the public about steels and the production of steels.

Steel producers’ investment in local communities also support infrastructure and various health-improving initiatives, and take an interest in the social implications of steel products in society.

Safety and health

Employee safety and health is fundamental to sustainability. The steel industry is committed to the goal of an injury-free, illness-free and healthy workplace, and believes that all injuries and work-related illness can and must be prevented.

Employment

Steel contributes to the creation of employment, which goes beyond the steel industry. Around 6 million people work for the steel industry. Considering steel’s position as the key product supplier to industries such as automotive, construction, transport, power and machine goods, the steel industry is at the source of employment for many more millions of people.

Employee training

The steel industry is committed to offering employees the opportunities to further their education and develop their skills. Not only is this a way of enhancing quality of work and productivity but it also boosts employee satisfaction. Some steel companies have set up close associations with academic institutions, to provide specialised training to employees. Other run their own centres. For example, TenarisUniversity and ArcelorMittal University, are corporate universities that offer training to employees, customers and suppliers. steeluniversity, an initiative of the World Steel Association, is an industry university, delivering education and training to current and future employees of steel companies and related businesses. The goal of steeluniversity is to inspire and motivate students and steel industry people about the value of working in the steel industry so as to lead change for realising a more sustainable industry that serves a more sustainable world. Visit steeluniversity.org for more information.

Investing in communities

The steel industry makes products that society needs, provides employment, and contributes to economic development. It is not only employees, contractors and customers who are affected by the activities of steel companies, but also suppliers and residents in the vicinity of steel plants and related steelmaking sites.

Many steel companies build roads, transport systems, ports and hospitals in the areas around their sites. In developed markets surplus land within sites is often offered to benefit the local community. Some donate products to help rebuild communities in the wake of disasters such as earthquakes and fires.

These investments show how the steel industry exercises its commitment to social sustainability and corporate social responsibility.