Safe, healthy, quality lives for our people

Posted on 05.05.15 by




Today’s workplace still suffers from cases of discrimination, unsafe conditions, and unfair treatment. But the most successful businesses are those who understand that attracting and retaining the best talent means ensuring safe, inclusive environments in which every individual can thrive. In this post – the first in our fortnightly series on sustainability – we look at the importance of ensuring safe, healthy, high-quality lives for today’s workforce.


By Alan Knight, general manager, corporate responsibility, ArcelorMittal

At ArcelorMittal, we believe an organisation is only as successful as the people within it. We’re committed to helping the more than 222,000 people we employ worldwide to live safe, healthy, high-quality lives each day.

That’s why people are at the heart of the company’s recently-unveiled 2014 sustainability report, “Steel: the sustainability challenge”, which outlines 10 outcomes ArcelorMittal must achieve for steel to be recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable materials. Within this framework, ArcelorMittal sets out what’s needed to ensure its workforce is safe and healthy, diverse, committed, respected, and able to achieve its full potential.

Safety will always remain our number-one priority, but we still face significant challenges in our efforts to create an environment free from harm, and must continuously look at how we tackle these challenges. With the launch of our sustainable development framework, we’re better equipped to work towards a happier, more creative, and more effective environment.

Here’s a look at some of the ways we champion a culture of safety, wellbeing, and engagement:

Safety. Our ‘Journey to Zero’ campaign, which aims to eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities, has seen our lost-time injury frequency rate fall from 3.1 incidents per million hours worked in 2007, to 0.85 in 2014. But to stay on the path of progress, we need to persuade people to change the way they behave to ensure our team members return home safely at the end of each day.

One way of doing this is looking at how we can replicate success stories like that of ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Zaragoza, which has gone four years injury-free. While “past performance is no guarantee of future success”, this record “was not achieved by chance or sheer luck”, as Tomás Ramos, CEO of Tailored Blanks Zaragoza notes: “Safety is not optional here…proactivity is an intrinsic characteristic of this team”. We are working closely with our business units to determine how we instil this proactive attitude to safety, group-wide.

Outcome-1bHealth. Supported by group-wide standards and policies, health and wellness is managed at a local level. Last year, more than 400 sites ran their own health awareness programme, with around 177,000 colleagues taking part, including some 10,000 contractors.

Engagement. ArcelorMittal has a strong history of open dialogue with our people, enabling all individuals to ask questions and provide recommendations. Communication tools range from formal channels, such as surveys and dialogue with unions, to our monthly newsletter, 1 magazine, our interactive intranet portal, and site visits from topic specialists.

Inclusion. A diverse workforce is more innovative – and ultimately, more successful. Last year, just 10 per cent of our managers were female, down from 13 per cent in 2013 and we are determined to see more women managers going forward. Several initiatives have already been launched to that end, both at global and local level, with more to come this year.

Development. ArcelorMittal University is a valuable, company-wide resource offering everything from career-enhancing management courses, to tailored induction programmes and online language tuition. It plays a key role in strengthening our corporate culture and advancing careers. We spent a total of $101 million on training and development in 2014, and the average full-time ArcelorMittal employee received 50 hours of training during the year.

Respect. At ArcelorMittal, respect for human rights is fundamental to the culture of integrity we want to foster. We treat our employees with dignity and respect, and expect our employees to treat each other the same way. That’s why our human rights policy, launched in 2010, is mandatory training for all employees.

To learn more about our efforts to guarantee a safe, secure workforce:

> Read about the road ahead in ArcelorMittal’s 2014 sustainability report

> Learn about our sustainability outcome: healthy, quality working lives for our people

> Discover how ArcelorMittal marked its 2015 Health and Safety Day