JSW Steel, one of India’s leading steel manufacturers, has joined over 130 forward-thinking organisations as a member of ResponsibleSteel™, the only global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for responsibly sourced and produced steel.
JSW Steel is the flagship business of the diversified, US$ 22 billion JSW Group, which is expanding across markets with innovation, digitalization, and sustainability as its key anchors. With efficient integrated operations and a clear vision for the future, JSW is executing its strategic growth plan in line with the growing steel demand. The wide spectrum of innovation, robust ESG commitments, and a drive to be #BetterEveryday, enable JSW to consistently create responsible value, for everyone. JSW has carved asustainability vision and has a sustainability strategy along with key focus areas, which help them steer their way for a sustainable planet.
JSW Steel has set ambitious sustainability targets of reducing its specific CO2 emissions by 42% by FY2030 from 2005, aligning its target with the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and India’s Nationally Determined Contributions.
Seshagiri Rao, JMD & Group CFO says, “The move to join ResponsibleSteel is to collaborate and work with other businesses in creating values, tools, and policies, to accelerate the growth of the steel industry in a sustainable manner and enhance sustainability within our supply chain, so that customers are confident that the steel they use has been sourced and produced responsibly at every stage.
At JSW we understand our responsibility towards making our planet better and are happy to join ResponsibleSteel™ to demonstrate our commitment through participating in the international certification programme.”
Annie Heaton, ResponsibleSteel’s CEO, commented, “We are delighted that JSW has joined ResponsibleSteel as a member and very much welcome the commitment to sustainability standards this represents. It is another great example of leadership in the steel industry, and particularly important to see this in India given its role in driving decarbonisation both at home and globally. By joining us, JSW is committing to achieving certification against the ResponsibleSteel International Standard, which in the world of decarbonisation and ESG has no equal. Certification of a steelmaking site requires hard work across the board to integrate not only decarbonisation plans into the site’s strategy but all material environmental and social improvements, which means investment and technological know-how plus a strong commitment from the company’s management and its employees. We look forward to working with JSW as they move forward on their journey of decarbonisation and sustainable development.”
The writer of this article is Dr. Seema Javed, a known Environmentalist, Journalist and Communications Expert