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SSAB is selected for inclusion in the OMX GES Sustainability Sweden Ethical Index. SSAB is a signatory to the UN’s Global Compact and supports its 10 principles within the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment and anticorruption.
SSAB strives to develop and maintain good relations with various stakeholders in our society and actively engages with the communities in which we operate. The way we work with each local community is defined at the site level. In addition our own employees, SSAB engages with politicians, regulators, media and the general public, and people living close to the production sites.
SSAB is also an important partner for local educational institutions and research. We also extensively offer internships and thesis projects to college students.
SSAB also works together with local environmental regulators on site-specific issues. Besides ongoing collaboration with local authorities, SSAB also works together with cities and associations to monitor environmental conditions such as air quality and waterways.
Every year, SSAB hosts important visitors from the community, such as school children, students, customers, subcontractors, various inspectors and regulators.
In the communities in which SSAB operates in Sweden and Finland, we contribute to creating a wide range of recreational activities in which SSAB’s employees, their families and also the local community can participate. Examples include sponsorships of local sports organizations and exchange of knowledge with schools. SSAB also supports associations in which employees are involved, primarily within sports and culture.
SSAB Americas has a long tradition of community involvement. This takes place not only in the form of financial contributions, but also through participation in various initiatives or support projects.
One of the largest organizations supported by SSAB is United Way, a charitable organization which supports the needy through donations, education and volunteer work. Employees’ contributions are matched by the company.
Another example is SSAB’s Foundation for Education, a charity program through which we donate funding of at least USD 100,000 each year to local schools in Alabama, money that is raised through the recycling of scrap tires for use as a raw material in steel production in Mobile. Employees and local partners in Mobile also come together every year for the Fill the Bus program, to collect donations of school supplies for local children in need. In Montpelier, Iowa, SSAB’s employees sponsor and support The Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organization which aims to realize the dreams of sick children. Support from the company in Montpelier also goes to The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, which supports smaller organizations and charitable projects in the region.
Since 2012, SSAB has been working with the SOS Children’s Villages organization to support different charity projects. This appreciated initiative continues and, during the year, SSAB made a donation that was also SSAB’s Christmas gift to our employees in Europe. The donation supports the running of a family center in Brovary outside Kiev. In the center, support is adapted to the needs of each family, and the aim is for children to grow up in a safe and loving environment.
The creative entrepreneurship program for students at Hämeenlinna lyseo high school has for a number of years already included a course realized in partnership with SSAB’s Hämeenlinna Works. According to the course teacher, Anne-Mari Keränen, SSAB’s course has grown in popularity each year, as reflected in the number of students participating. The course is compulsory for students in the entrepreneurship program.
Students have been split into small groups pseach focusing on its own theme such as products, product development, occupational safety, workplace wellbeing, economics, communications and marketing, etc. Each group has a contact person at SSAB to provide them with more information about the subject. The course kicks off with a meeting, where students are told about SSAB, introduced to the contact persons for their own respective group and go on a tour of the site.
At the end of the course, each small group makes and presents a report about its own topic. The report conveys, among other things, what image the students had of the steel industry and SSAB before the course, and how this image changed during the course. This enables SSAB to find out how young people view our corporate image. At the same time, students learn about the company and see how a large company can offer all kinds of jobs on both the production side and the office side.