ResponsibleSteel is a global standard and certification program that promotes environmental and social responsibility in steel production. Borçelik has positioned its Gemlik plant as the first Turkish steel producer to receive this certification.
Borçelik, Türkiye's largest and highest quality galvanized steel producer, has been awarded the prestigious certification provided by ResponsibleSteel for its production facility in Gemlik. ResponsibleSteel is an internationally recognized standard and certification program for the steel industry that promotes the reduction of environmental impacts and more sustainable use of natural resources. Borçelik became the first steel producer in Türkiye to receive this certification with its Gemlik production facility.
"Borçelik is committed to complying with the highest sustainability standards"
Speaking about Borçelik's achievement, which is the first of its kind in the industry, Annie Heaton, CEO of ResponsibleSteel, said: "The fact that a production facility operating in Türkiye has been awarded ResponsibleSteel™ certification for the first time demonstrates Borçelik's commitment to being a leader in the Turkish steel industry and, more importantly, the company's commitment to implementing the strictest criteria for sustainability. The company is committed to reaching its environmental net zero emission target by 2050 and is currently implementing many energy efficiency projects at its production facility to support this journey. In this context, the company also plans to utilize renewable energy with the installation of wind and solar power plants. The plant is implementing its own water management program to monitor efficient water use and prevent future water scarcity. It exceeds expectations with efforts to minimize its environmental impact. In terms of the value given to people, the facility is committed to ensuring the rights and safety of employees and equality in the workplace."
Borçelik became a ResponsibleSteel™ member in 2020, joining the ranks of the world's largest steel production companies. Following the adaptation process to the ResponsibleSteel™ standard, the company was audited by leading independent audit company UK CARES before being awarded the ResponsibleSteel™ certificate.
Among the world's leading steel producers
Kerem Çakır, General Manager of Borçelik, stated that Borçelik carries out important and innovative works in line with its sustainability goals, which they carry out comprehensively in the focus areas of climate, people and innovation, and added: "As one of the leading and pioneering companies in our sector, we carry out our activities in a way that is committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. We are very proud that this approach, which we realize in all our business practices, has been verified with the ResponsibleSteel™ certificate. With this certificate, we are very proud to have achieved another first in our country. As a responsible industry leader, we aim to inspire change in the steel industry and contribute to a more sustainable world in all areas."
"We successfully completed a very detailed and challenging audit process lasting 14 days"
Stating that with the ResponsibleSteel™ certificate, Borçelik prioritizes its environmental and social responsibilities and proves its leadership role in the field of sustainability, Serkan Ürkmez, Borçelik Sustainability Leader, said: "As Borçelik, together with our Sustainability Committee, we had a very intensive preparation period to comply with ResponsibleSteel™ standards. The standard has very high environmental and social transformation expectations. At the end of this preparation period, we successfully completed a 14-day, very detailed and challenging audit process conducted by the leading independent audit company UK CARES. At the end of the process, we were happy to become the first ResponsibleSteel™ certified company in our country. We will continue to set an example for our sector with our activities."
"Smarter steels for people and the planet"
As a world leader in the steel and mining industry, ArcelorMittal's sustainability principle is "smarter steel for people and planet". This principle is at the heart of the company's purpose. By using innovative processes that use less energy, emit significantly less carbon and reduce costs, ArcelorMittal aims to produce cleaner, stronger and reusable steel products, and to produce the steel products needed for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure to support the social transformation envisioned for this century.