Social Responsibility and Environment

Social Responsibility

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 through projects developed by partner institutions, supported by tax incentives.

The CSN Foundation’s cultural and educational initiatives are present in the "Garoto Cidadão" project, which provides social and cultural activities for 1,900 socially vulnerable children and teenagers 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 attend production, script, editing and distribution laboratories. In the end, the movies participate in a Traveling Exhibition around Brazil.

CSN Foundation maintains two technical schools in Volta Redonda and Congonhas, which had 1,331 students in 2015, 677 of whom on 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 (dialog 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.

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Environmental Responsibility

Fully committed to developing its activities in a sustainable manner, CSN invests continuously in environmental management and in maintaining relations with its surrounding communities. Most of its operations have received ISO 14001 environmental certification and it maintains an open communication channel for its employees and external publics through the Linha Verde (Green Line). All its environmental controls are audited for compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), thereby helping reduce the environmental risk of its activities.

Underlining its commitment to the constant management of its industrial areas’ environmental liabilities, as well as the restoration of areas damaged by mining operations, the Company promotes environmental rehabilitation through technological innovation, as well as tried and tested methods, always in compliance with the applicable legislation.

In 2014 CSN received environmental licenses for the expansion of the Casa de Pedra mine, TECAR and Transnordestina Logística S.A. It also develops environmental education and historical and natural heritage renewal projects, especially in relation to the Arcos, Casa de Pedra, NAMISA and TLSA units.

CSN has been undertaking an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions in line with GHG Protocol guidelines, in order to provide input for the development of a strategy for managing carbon, mitigating risks and adapting to climate change. With the threat of water shortages, especially in the Southeast, the Company has been proceeding with various initiatives to ensure the more efficient use of water in its production processes, exemplified by a water reuse ratio of more than 90% at the Presidente Vargas Steelworks (UPV). It also participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), reporting aspects related to the management of greenhouse gases in the UPV, as well as the Ethos Institute Climate Forum, organized by the Ethos Institute for Social Responsibility, and the working groups of the Getulio Vargas Foundation’s Sustainability Studies Center (FGVces), which develop public and corporate sustainability management strategies, policies and tools at local, national and international level.

Finally, CSN has been constantly mapping its stakeholders and the social, economic and environmental indicators of all its operations in line with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, permitting an objective diagnosis of its social and environmental performance, thereby strengthening its sustainability strategy.