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8. Active and welcomed member of the community 

The communities where we operate are far more than just the physical locations of our facilities. These communities are made up of our neighbors and key stakeholders. They are also the places where our employees choose to live and raise their families, and where our future workforce is educated and trained. It is important to us to be both an active and a welcomed member of our communities. 

Why is this important to us?

Often, we are the largest employer in the communities where our facilities are located. As a result, these areas are directly impacted by our operations. We are committed to being a responsible and sustainable corporate citizen by understanding and addressing the needs of our community stakeholders. 

The commercial imperative

What kind of challenges do we face?

Our goal is to develop and maintain the trust of our local stakeholders, allowing us to be a welcomed member of each community. Operating under our legacy companies, our facilities have been a major presence in their respective communities for generations, in some cases over 100 or 200 years. ArcelorMittal is a relatively new brand in the steel industry, having been established in 2007. As a result, we must work even harder to build our stakeholders’ trust. Our facilities make positive contributions to our local communities in many ways. From the economic contribution through employment and taxes to community investment programming and employee engagement, ArcelorMittal is a contributor to every community where we operate. 

What do we need to do?

We must work in partnership with our community stakeholders to address local opportunities and challenges as they arise. We encourage open and transparent stakeholder dialogue through stakeholder meetings. We also engage with our stakeholders to affect positive change locally and believe in having 360-degree partnerships, including financial investments and employee volunteerism. Our grant and volunteer initiatives are strategically aligned with the community needs we have the ability and expertise to address. These initiatives include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, environment, and health and safety initiatives.    

What is the potential to create value?

By being an engaged member of our communities, we create value for our stakeholders and the company. Through our partnerships, we are able to respond to stakeholder issues and strengthen the overall community. As a company, we benefit through enhanced trust and a strengthened reputation.  

Bringing cutting edge STEM curriculum to local classrooms

Water monitoring engages public-private partners in Mobile Bay

Bringing cutting edge STEM curriculum to local classrooms

ArcelorMittal’s signature community investment initiative is our support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. In 2015, 42 percent of our U.S. grant funding was invested in STEM nonprofit organizations and programs. This includes support to programs that are based within schools and in out of school settings and that span the educational continuum from elementary school through college.
 
We invest in STEM education because we know this funding is not only critical to the future sustainability of our business, but also to our communities. Not only do STEM workers earn more than individuals in non-STEM fields, but STEM careers also provide significant benefits to society, including the development of new technology and sustainability efforts that improve quality of life.
 
One of our largest STEM partnerships is with Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is a national nonprofit that provides transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Currently, more than 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.
 
ArcelorMittal’s partnership with PLTW launched in the fall of 2015, making $300,000 in grants available to 16 middle and high schools for the 2016-17 school year, while 8 middle schools will be implementing or enhancing the PLTW Gateway program. In addition, 8 high schools will be launching or enhancing the PLTW Engineering program. These competitive grants are being implemented in the communities surrounding our operations in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It is anticipated that these grants will impact 1,000 children during the 2016-17 school year.
 
In early 2016, our partnership deepened with our commitment to be the Environmental Sustainability sponsor of PLTW’s national conference – PLTW Summit 2016. The summit is a professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators implementing the PLTW curriculum in schools across the country. As part of this sponsorship, ArcelorMittal is making an additional $25,000 in grants available to schools that are implementing PLTW’s Environmental Sustainability course within its high school engineering curriculum.
 
“ArcelorMittal recognizes the need to properly educate our young people and encourage careers in manufacturing as a step toward a sustainable future for our company, our employees and communities, and our nation’s economy,” said John Brett, chief executive officer, ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon. “We are proud to partner with Project Lead The Way to strengthen our efforts in developing a pipeline of talented young men and women who possess the skills and knowledge needed to deliver on our mission of producing safe, sustainable steel for generations to come.”
 
”Project Lead The Way is grateful for the generous support of ArcelorMittal and their deep commitment to high-quality educational experiences for our nation’s students,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Because of their support, thousands of students will have access to hands-on, rigorous curriculum that prepares them with the knowledge and in-demand, transportable skills that will help them thrive in our rapidly advancing, high-tech world.”

Water monitoring engages public-private partners in Mobile Bay

In 2014, ArcelorMittal and joint venture partner Nippon Sumitomo Metals purchased an advanced steelmaking facility near Mobile, Alabama. Named AM/NS Calvert to represent each of the partners involved and the small town the facility is nearest to, the facility immediately began engaging in the corporate responsibility initiatives of ArcelorMittal, the joint venture’s managing partner. ArcelorMittal has a long history of environmental sustainability work in our communities, and a record of success in creating public-private partnerships to achieve this work.
 
In the Mobile area, Director of Communications for AM/NS Calvert, Scott Posey, immediately suggested a partnership with well-known environmental nonprofit organization Mobile Baykeeper. With more than $30,000 in grantmaking in 2014 and 2015, AM/NS Calvert proudly funded the creation of Baykeeper’s SWAMP program – short for Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program.
 
SWAMP is an education and water monitoring program that seeks to broaden the understanding of watersheds, water quality and how citizens impact the two. The program educates both adults and high school students on the basics of water monitoring, and then provides concrete action steps to solve pollution problems after they are discovered.
 
The SWAMP program is partnering with the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) and AlabamaDepartment of Environmental Management (ADEM) to ensure volunteers are properly trained on water quality, shoreline and pollution monitoring. Volunteers will select convenient and strategically important points for monitoring and will be able to report data and upload data via a web tool accessible by mobile
devices. The creation of this web tool and the mobilization of volunteers in the area will expand an extensive and complex water monitoring program administered by ADEM and help the government agency respond to key areas of pollution identified by volunteers more quickly.
 
As the SWAMP program grows, it also expands to drive increased interest in STEM education, specifically environmental science, for high school students. In various high schools in the Mobile School District, high school students are participating in the program and working both independently and with Baykeeper staff to learn about environmental management and pollution control in the Mobile Bay watershed.
 
Scott Posey of AM/NS Calvert says, “The SWAMP program is bigger than just watershed pollution. It solves that problem in many ways, but on an even larger scale, this program introduces the next generation to the importance of environmental sustainability and long-term goals for our watersheds. Programs like these ensure the Mobile Bay and the entire Gulf Coast will be healthy places to live and work for generations to come.”



2015 Highlights


OUR COMMITMENTS OUR PROGRESS NEXT STEPS

Direct stakeholder engagement

Engage all facilities in the creation of a comprehensive corporate responsibility/sustainable development plan 

Held 661 meetings with stakeholders, including employees, peers, customers, local public officials, community members and nonprofit organizations

Continue to build upon each facility’s corporate responsibility/sustainable development plan  

Continue tracking stakeholder engagement meetings monthly

Community investment

Maintain sustainable investments in our communities

 

Awarded $6.9 million in grants to nonprofit partners working in our communities

Identify qualified partners and investment opportunities both nationally and locally focused on STEM education, environment, and health and safety

Employee engagement in the community

Ensure employees are able to proactively engage in their communities through collaboration with nonprofit organizations on key social issues

U.S. employees provided $2.2 million to our local communities through the company’s Give Boldly employee matching gifts program

Continue participation in the Give Boldly matching gifts program and partnering with nonprofit organizations through financial grants and volunteerism