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Sustainability management in SSAB

SSAB has had a Group-level sustainability function since September 1, 2014 with the mission to strengthen the coordination of sustainability efforts across the company. The aim is both to maximize the business value of sustainability initiatives and minimize the negative impacts of SSAB’s business and operations and to better mitigate risks related to sustainability.

SSAB’s sustainability organization

SSAB’s Executive Vice President and Head of HR and Sustainability is responsible for coordinating and driving sustainability work at the Group level. She is a member of the Group Executive Committee and reports directly to the President & CEO of SSAB. SSAB’s Sustainability Management Team creates a network of expertise within critical sustainability areas, with the responsibility to coordinate and drive SSAB’s sustainability initiatives. Sustainability issues are frequently on SSAB´s Group Executive Committee’s agenda to ensure the close involvement of top management in important sustainability issues.

In practice, sustainability is integrated into the day-to-day work at production sites, global divisions and support functions. Each member of the Sustainability Management Team works closely with relevant people across the organization to ensure the involvement of key experts and divisional representation in the sustainability work.

To support work related to environmental issues, SSAB has an Environmental Council, which includes representatives from each division and the main production sites as well as SSAB’s subsidiaries, Ruukki Construction, Tibnor and Merox. The Council is chaired by SSAB’s Head of Environmental Affairs, who is also a member of the Sustainability Management Team. In issues related to responsible sourcing, the Director of Business Ethics works together with the procurement department.

SSAB ties sustainability issues, such as safety KPIs, to remuneration. For example, internal safety targets are part of bonus plans for selected employee groups and top management. Individual performance targets might also include targets for emissions reductions or other sustainability-related topics for selected employee groups.

Policies and guidelines

SSAB’s vision and values are the foundation for SSAB’s company culture and form the basis for policies and governing guidelines. The Code of Conduct, the Environmental Policy and the Health & Safety Policy are the most important Group policies governing sustainability issues. More information on policies and guidelines are in the Responsible Partner section in Business Review.

Management systems and tools

Management systems and action plans ensure the Group systematically carries out its work on critical sustainability issues. Several different management systems and tools are used to effectively control operations in accordance with SSAB’s Code of Conduct, Environmental Policy and Health & Safety Policy.

Systems developed in-house, as well as third party certified systems, are in place. Safety management systems for systematic health and safety work have been implemented at all production sites. OHSAS 18001 is one of the systems used. Environmental and climate work takes place primarily within the scope of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and through local energy management systems.

SSAB’s internal risk control and internal audits also cover work environment and environmental risks. To encourage reporting on any irregularities and suspected unlawful activities, SSAB has implemented a whistleblower function and business ethics training for all employees. Working with a responsible supply chain, environmental aspects and social issues are integrated into purchasing systems.

Evaluation of the management approach

The management approach of each aspect is assessed as part of SSAB’s sustainability management process and policies, guidelines and processes are improved accordingly to ensure achievement of the targets and to continuously improve SSAB’s sustainability performance.

Risk management

Management systems and action plans ensure SSAB systematically carries out our work on critical sustainability issues. Several different management systems and tools, both developed in house and third-party certified, are used to effectively control operations in accordance with SSAB’s Code of Conduct, Safety Policy and Environmental Policy. Safety management systems for systematic health and safety work have been implemented at all production sites, including OHSAS 18001. Environmental and climate work takes place primarily within the scope of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and via local energy management systems. Work environment -related risks and environmental risks are also covered by SSAB’s internal risk controls and internal audits. Our systems ensure that targets are set, performance is measured and progress is followed up.

SSAB's Safety Policy
SSAB's Environmental Policy