Today, all of CSN’s integrated operations in steel, mining, cement, logistics and energy are subject to Brazilian laws, regulations, and licenses related to the protection and integrity of health, safety and the environment. Adopting survey procedures for significant Impact Aspects is a commonplace practice in all CSN units.
The Brazilian law on prevention, mitigation and remediation of socio-environmental impacts is ever changing. This includes new parameters for liquid effluent disposal and air emissions, wildlife and flora preservation rules, new regulations on water and solid waste management, new restrictions by environmental agencies regarding business development and expansion, more requirements on the preservation of native forests, and the creation of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN) to compensate environmentally for industrial and mining expansion projects.
CSN - Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, one of Brazil largest multinational companies, operates in a variety of strategic sectors of the economy like steel, mining, cement, logistics and energy.
For CSN, it recognizes the need for sustainable and effective environmental and social intervention efforts of its operations in order to minimize environmental and social risks. The company also recognizes that the quality of its products is as important as the quality of life of its employees and the community. Therefore, the company strives to ensure the socio-environmental balance in the regions in which S.E.M.P.R.E operates.
Susteinable business pratices: Incorporates a social and environmentally sustainable approach in its everyday business decisions.
Transparent company: To permanently maintain open communication channels with government, its employees and the surrounding community with respect to the company‘s environmental and social affairs.
Continuous improvement: Continuously improving the performance of its activities, acknowledging environmental aspects as an integral part of its processes.
Environmental conservation: Developing and encouraging programs aimed to prevent pollution, as well as to identify and manage environmental risks, impacts and opportunities.
Adherence to the Environmental Legislation: To comply with the current environmental laws and regulations, seeking, wherever possible, to achieve superior results.
Environmental education: Instructing and making employees aware of sustainable development and social responsibility concepts in order to encourage them to be committed to CSN’s Environmental Policy adopting an innovative and a proactive approach.
Environmental Management System
Therefore, the Company has an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System running in most of its units, while maintaining an open channel of communication to the internal and external public through the Green Line. All environmental controls are audited to meet the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act, contributing to the mitigation of environmental risks in its operations.
The CSN business units that have ISO 14001 certification are: Casa de Pedra (Congonhas, MG), Presidente Vargas Steelworks (Volta Redonda, RJ), Porto Real (Porto Real, RJ), Mina da Bocaina (Arcos, MG), CSN Paraná (Araucária, PR), TECON (Sepetiba, RJ), Prada Distribuição (Mogi das Cruzes, SP). The other units are in the process of implementing the Environmental Management System (EMS) and have been following a corporate program to progress according to ISO 14001 guidelines.
The development of the EMS falls under the responsibility of an Internal Environmental Management Committee (IEMC), formed by professionals of the environment and operation areas. This group holds monthly meetings to maintain continuous improvement of the implemented Environmental Management System, in addition to detecting and preventing potential environmental impacts.
Environmental Education Program (EEP)
CSN has opened a new front: the Environmental Education Program (EEP), an initiative managed by the CSN Foundation, reaffirming its commitment to transform values and attitudes through new habits and knowledge, especially focused on the Arcos and Congonhas Minérios units. This project zeroes in on issues regarding the historical and natural heritage in the company’s operational sites and issues related to the company‘s activities. It uses art as a communication tool among students of public schools, teachers and CSN employees.
Questions, Suggestions and Complaints
One of the means of communication with stakeholders is the Green Line, an electronic channel (phone and e-mail) available to society for reporting environmental complaints, questions and suggestions related to the company‘s activities. The incoming information flow is as follows:
the community‘s demands are received, they are directed to those responsible for replies, and the answers are given within 15 days by a specialized team. The number of calls is regularly reported to top management.
Phone: 0800 2824440 (toll free)
CSN’s social responsibility projects are created to value the potential of each region where it operates and their respective communities, in partnership with the local government and society. In 2015, it invested R$15.7 million in the educational, cultural, sporting and health areas through CSN Foundation initiatives and projects developed by partner institutions, supported by tax incentives.
The CSN Foundation’s cultural and educational initiatives are evident in the "Garoto Cidadão" project, which provides social and cultural activities for 1,900 socially vulnerable children and adolescents in the communities where the company operates. "Histórias que Ficam" (stories that remain), in turn, is a program to foster Brazilian filmmaking. The program is in its second edition with the production of four documentaries. In addition to financial support, the productions receive expert advice and access to script, editing and distribution laboratories. In the end, the movies participate in a Travelling Exhibition around Brazil.
The CSN Foundation maintains two technical schools in Volta Redonda and Congonhas, which had 1,331 students in 2015, 677 of whom had scholarships, while the Bela Vista Hotel-School in Volta Redonda offers 176 places per year for courses in hotel management, providing professional qualification in various areas.
Among the initiatives sponsored by CSN, we highlight the Unibes Cultural programming, the "Diálogo no Escuro" (dialogue in the dark) exhibition, the DOC SP, the restoration of Palácio Laranjeiras, in addition to sports training projects of Volta Redonda and Audax clubs.
CSN also sponsored projects in the National Cancer Care Support Program and the Health Care Support Program for People with Special Needs (PRONAS and PRONON) and the Senior Citizens’ Fund, as well as the initiatives of the Support Group for Children with Special Needs (AACD) and the Barretos-SP Cancer Hospital.
For more information, please visit www.fundacaocsn.org.br/