worldstainless and Sustainability

The world stainless association and its members are committed to a sustainable world.

Sustainable Stainless Charter of the world stainless steel industry

The members of the world stainless association 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.
Safety and Sustainability Awards

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

Safety Award 2024

For awarding companies in the Safety section, the jury looked for practical innovations that reduce the number of safety incidents in the workplace and/or develop transferrable countermeasures to avoid specific injury types and develop both controls and workers skills / cultural mindsets to directly reduce the number of safety incidents. The winner of the Gold Award in this section was Aperam for the Global Machinery Safety Roadmap. This action plan is specifically created to improve Machinery Safety within Aperam. The result of the project can be seen in the decrease in the number of alerts reported and the increase in knowledge at all levels of the organisation. Discover the Safety Roadmap here.

The Silver Award was for Columbus Stainless for the Grinding Wheel Tilting Solution (click here). The Bronze Award went to Roldan S.A. for the Colour and sign signalling to improve identification of overhead crane movements (click here).

Sustainability Award 2024

In the Sustainability Category, the Gold Award went to Nippon Steel Stainless Steel Corporation for the Shikishima Water Tower in Maebashi, Gunma. Japan's water utilities are facing a number of issues, including decreasing revenue from the amount of water being distributed due to the declining population. In particular, renewing aging facilities and strengthening resistance against earthquake damage have become urgent issues as the number of severe disasters have been occurring more frequently in recent years. Stainless steel water reservoirs are sustainable and resilient water facilities, and is one solution to the problems which Japanese water utilities are facing. The Shikishima Water Tower is recognized as a safe and durable facility that can serve as an important base for emergency water supply activities during disasters. Discover the Water Tower and its advantages here.

The Silver Award in this category was for Acerinox Europe for the Reduction of environmental pollution in the external areas of the Steel plant (click here) and the Bronze Award was for Bahru Stainless for their Sustainable packing material for continual re-use (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, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

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