ISSF and Sustainability

The International Stainless Steel Forum and its members are committed to a sustainable world.

Sustainable Stainless Charter of the world stainless steel industry

The members of the International Stainless Steel Forum adhere to the following principles on sustainability:

  • We operate our business efficiently and in a financially sustainable way, to supply stainless steel products and solutions that satisfy customer’s needs and provide value to stakeholders
  • We strive to optimise the eco-efficiency of products throughout their life cycle. We promote the recovery, reuse and recycling of stainless steel.
  • We foster the well-being of employees and provide a safe and healthy working environment
  • We promote values and initiatives that show respect for the people and communities associated with our business
  • We conduct our business with high ethical standards in our dealings with employees, customers, suppliers and the community.
  • We engage our stakeholders and independent third parties in constructive dialogue to help fulfil our sustainable development commitments.
  • We build and share our knowledge of sustainability through open and active communications. We help others in the supply chain to implement sustainable practices.
ISSF Safety and Sustainability Awards

Every year the ISSF awards members for good practices and novel ideas in the areas of safety and sustainability.

Safety Award 2020

For awarding companies in the safety section, the jury looked for practical innovations to reduce the number of safety incidents in the workplace, develop transferrable countermeasures to avoid specific types and develop workers skills to directly reduce the number of safety incidents.

Gold Award

Outokumpu, for the “Hands are not tools” project (click here)

Silver Award

Aperam, for the “Think outside of your Chair” project (click here)

Bronze Awards

Nippon Steel Stainless Steel Corporation, for the introduction of safety passages and blind spot cameras in their outdoor loading area (click here)

JFE Steel Corporation, for the use of safety training facilities (click here)


Sustainability Award 2020

In this category, the jury was looking for new developments that delivered one or more of the following improvements: a clear reduction in operational emissions (GHGs), a clear reduction in production energy intensity, an improvement in material efficiency, an investment in new processes and/or products that have a positive environmental impact, the development or enhancement of the company environmental management system.

Gold Award

North American Stainless, for the Development of ceramics (click here)

Silver Award

Outokumpu, for the Recycled household plastics to improve slabs storage (click here)

Bronze Award

Acerinox, for the Emission reduction improving office lightning by applying new technologies (click here)


For all entries, please click here.

For the entries of previous years, please click on the year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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