Ovako takes responsibility as a leading steel manufacturer for conducting its business in a sustainable manner from all aspects. This includes quality, customer relations, employees, safety, the environment and acting responsibly in the communities in which Ovako operates. This responsibility is set out in Ovako’s long-term strategy, its environmental policy, its health and industrial safety, and in the company’s code of conduct and core values.
Scrap-based steel production
Steel is a material that can be reused any number of times without deterioration in its properties and Ovako is one of the top users of recycled steel in the Northern countries. No new iron ore needs to be mined for Ovako’s steel production.
By having three scrap-based steel mills, Ovako is an important part of the recycling industry, using around one million tonnes of scrap every year. Our well-functioning cooperation with scrap agents assures us first-rate raw material that, through our skills in metallurgy, is melted and transformed into new steel products — and the circle is closed.
Ovako’s units are already certified in accordance with the international standard for environmental management, ISO 14001.
Which gives structure to the environmental work and to the continuous improvements. Every year, quality targets are set for the individual business areas. Discharge from the production processes are regularly measured and reported to the authorities.
The operations are also quality assured in compliance with ISO 9001 and some units are certified in accordance with ISO/TS 16949 for the automotive industry, ISO 50001 energy management system and OHSAS 18001 management system for occupational health and safety.
A growing market for by-products
Today not only scrap is recycled, but also waste and residual products are used as raw material in other processes. Ovako have managed to develop a market for by-products deriving from our manufacturing processes, thereby reducing the need for waste disposal and landfills.
Worldsteel's Sustainable Development Charter
Ovako has signed the worldsteel's Sustainable Development Charter, which means we support the sustainable development policy established in 2002 by World Steel Association. Read more about the commitment here.
Ovako is committed to sourcing responsibly and considers mining activities that fuel conflict as unacceptable. Ovako’s efforts related to conflict minerals are aligned to the work of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Read more here.
Minimising impact on the environment
Investments minimising the impact on the environment make sure that we can live up to the strict demands set by legislation and the requirements of our customers, for example closed water systems, water cleaning, effective use of energy, off-gas dedusting and heat recovery that reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Read more about Ovako environment work
Environmental, health and industrial safety work
Ovako strives to provide attractive workplaces for our employees and contribute to a long-term sustainable society. Based on our policy for environmental, health and industrial safety work (EHS work) we encourage all our employees to take the environment, health and safety into account in their daily activities.
EHS issues also need to be considered when we buy products and services, in order to ensure that the essence of this policy is observed.
Read more about Ovakos safety and health work