CSN releases its new Sustainability, Environment, Health, and Safety policy

01/03/2021

CSN’s CEO approved, on December 10th, 2020, the reformulation of the Company’s Sustainability, Environment, Health, and Safety Policy. Based on the acrostic “SEMPRE” (“ALWAYS”), the integrated policy reinforces the Company’s commitment to the following themes: Sustainability of Business; Ethic, Transparent and Inclusive Company; Make Continuous Improvements; Protection of the Environment, Prevention of Pollution and Accidents; Respect for the Legislation; Education and Training.

The new policy reflects the integration of the Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety sectors, which have been comprised into the same Corporate Department since last year. It applies to all companies in CSN Group, which will incorporate the principles and guidelines of the policy to their internal processes.

The revision of the policy is aimed at reflecting the evolution of the Group’s commitments to sustainability through global references, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from United Nations. With the new policy, CSN enhances practices that already are part of its corporate action: being an ethic, transparent and inclusive company that promotes innovative initiatives to continuously improve its products and processes, without renouncing safe and preventive conduct and the protection of the environment and biodiversity.

- We have decided to revisit “SEMPRE” policy, which has been a symbol of our environmental concern, in order to update and enhance it along with all our other commitments. It is not about only demonstrating what we plan for the future, but also translating the initiatives that already are rooted in our essence of “Fazer bem, Fazer mais e Fazer para sempre” – says Helena Guerra, Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety Director.

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CSN – “Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional”, based on its values and essence of “fazer bem, fazer mais e fazer para sempre”, aligned to the needs and expectations of its stakeholders, propositionally acts in the development of innovative and sustainable solutions that are capable of adding value to the businesses of Steel, Mining, Cements, Logistics and Energy. Through the proactive incorporation of environmental, social, competitive, ethics and governance practices in its decisions and the enhancement of the culture of preventing and controlling risks to health and safety, respecting the environment and getting its direct and indirect employees to behave ethically and safely, CSN ALWAYS (“SEMPRE”) commits to:

Sustainability of business  to contemplate sustainability in the decisions of CSN Group as a principle to guide its businesses within all their life-cycle, considering the protection of the environment and biodiversity, the conscious use of natural resources and actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change as differentials to act in the forefront of the development of processes, products and innovative solutions, in order to prevent and mitigate negative impacts and to enhance the generation of positive impacts on local communities. Besides, to align its practices to national and international commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as well as to maintain, through its leadership, each employee as responsible for environment protection and for its own performance in Health and Safety, through self-care and safe behavior.

Ethic, Transparent and Inclusive Company – to clearly, transparently and timely communicate its performance on matters related to environment, health, safety and its social actions, aiming at preserving the relationship with the communities based on dialogue, reconciling the feasibility of businesses with local development, materialized in investments in social and environmental projects and programs that collaborate in the conservancy of environment and the improvement of life quality in the locations we are present. To follow the principles of good governance, ethics and integrity, respecting human rights and proactively acting against child, forced or compulsory labor, harassment and discrimination in all forms along our entire value chain. To stimulate a diverse and inclusive work environment, the respect to free union association and the right to collective labor agreement, keeping communication channels with internal and external audiences open and internalizing their demands.

Make continuous improvement – to guarantee all its employees and partners to search for continuous improvement of their performance in activities through safe, healthy and life quality work and to consider environmental aspects, health and safety risks and innovation as an inherent part of their tasks, in a way that the efforts to reach constant improvement may also be reflected on work conditions and general well-being, complying with acknowledged standards for health, environmental protection, life quality and safety at work.

Protection of the Environment, Prevention of Pollution and Accidents  to consider protecting the environment and to prevent the occurrence of accidents and negative environmental impacts as strategic pillars in the construction of its goals and targets, seeking to influence the entire production chain. To develop and encourage programs aimed at protecting the environment and preventing pollution, fostering circular economy through sustainable and conscious use of natural resources and the preservation of biodiversity. To manage, in a structured way, aspects and controls to mitigate impacts and risks to the environment, health and safety at work.

Respect for the Legislation  to comply with the current legislation regarding the protection of the environment, health and safety at work and seek, whenever possible, to exceed our obligations, anticipating challenges arising from potential regulatory changes.

Education and Training  to train, capacitate, educate, raise awareness and encourage our employees to adopt innovative, participatory and committed behavior for the high performance of their activities, with a vision of sustainable development and social responsibility, through the implementation of a culture that encourages them to constantly experience the concern for the environment, biodiversity, health and safety for all.