Organization of sustainability work
The Board of Directors has the highest decisionmaking
authority in sustainability and issues
related to climate change. SSAB’s Board
of Directors is collectively responsible for
strategically managing risks and opportunities
related to climate change, including SSAB’s
transition to fossil-free operations.
SSAB’s Board of Directors approves the Code of
Conduct, as well as the sustainability strategy
and sustainability and climate-related targets.
The Board of Directors regularly monitors the
development of SSAB’s performance in relation
to the sustainability strategy and targets,
including climate-related issues.
SSAB’s Group Executive Committee (GEC) is
responsible for outlining the company’s strategic
approach to sustainability and climate change,
including adopting material topics, and regularly
monitors the development and implementation
of sustainability. Sustainability and climate
issues are frequently on the agenda of SSAB’s
GEC to ensure the close involvement of top
The Head of Sustainability is a member of the
Group Executive Committee and is responsible
for strategy development and coordination of
sustainability at Group level as well as health and
safety and ethics and compliance for the Group.
The Head of Sustainability leads a Sustainability
management team, which is a network of people
with expertise in different sustainability areas,
including representation from the divisions and
subsidiaries, with the responsibility to coordinate
and drive SSAB’s sustainability initiatives.
In the Group Executive Committee, there are
several executives responsible for implementing
different parts of SSAB’s fossil-free transition.
For example, the Chief Technology Officer
is responsible for environmental issues and
manages the HYBRIT implementation. The Head
of Sustainability manages operational initiatives
towards SSAB becoming fossil free; the CFO
manages SSAB’s Risk Enterprise Management process, which includes assessment of
climate risks, and investments and financial
matters related to climate change mitigation
and adaptation. The heads of divisions are
responsible for driving sustainability and climate
work in line with the overall business and
Governing documents and principles for sustainability
The SSAB Way and our values define who we
are and how we act. The Code of Conduct,
the sustainability strategy and the governing
documents at Group level regarding
sustainability (e.g. environment and safety) are
our most important documents. Our sustainability
governing documents are available here
Management systems and action plans ensure
that SSAB systematically works on critical aspects
of sustainability. 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 and governing documents.
Management systems for systematic health and
safety work, according to ISO 45001, have been
implemented at all production sites. Environmental
and climate work takes place primarily within the
scope of ISO 14001, and all production sites are
certified according to the standard.
SSAB is a signatory to the UN Global Compact,
and we continually work to protect and respect
its 10 principles within the areas of human rights,
labor standards, the environment and anticorruption.
We are also committed to conducting
our business in line with the development laid
out by the Sustainability Development Goals
and the Paris Agreement. SSAB also supports
the International Bill of Human Rights, ILO
Core Conventions, the OECD Guidelines for
Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding
Principles on Business and Human Rights.