Responsible Sourcing and Material Consumption
Qatar Steel’s Governance Charter and Procurement Policies enforce best practices in governance and supply chain management, facilitating fruitful collaboration, both within the company and with external stakeholders.
Qatar Steel is committed to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its operations, including throughout the supply chain. This commitment starts with the responsible sourcing of raw materials. The iron ore used for our production is sourced from globally reputable companies, all of which are certified by ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. Companies with this certification tend to have clear environmental objectives and processes in place to achieve them.
In 2019, Qatar Steel completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on its products through a third-party evaluator, BRE Global, in accordance with the requirements of EN15804:2012 and A1:2013. By applying Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to its products, Qatar Steel is fully aware of the environmental impacts of its products throughout all stages of their life cycle, from mining to manufacturing, transport, use and recycling or disposal. This “cradle-to-grave” analysis is required to meet the international accreditations in manufacturing for the company’s high-grade steel. We aim to take full advantage of steel’s infinite recyclability by recycling steel scrap generated in Qatar, to further reduce the environmental impacts of our main products. The LCA also provides the company with the necessary data to benchmark the environmental performance of the main products and acts as structural support for our environmental decision-making. Understanding and improving the lifecycle performance of our main products are crucial ways in which we can contribute to a more sustainable economy.
Additionally, Qatar Steel has achieved a Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products certificate from CARES. The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which quantifies the environmental impact of products, is publicly available on www.greenbooklive.com. This EPD certificate was renewed in 2019 after the CARES Audit and valid until 20th October 2022.
Qatar Steel holds BRE BES 6001 Issue 3.1 responsible sourcing certification from CARES since 2016.The BRE standard BES 6001 has been published for construction product manufacturers to ensure and then prove that their products have been made with materials that have been responsibly sourced. The standard includes a framework for various aspects such as the organizational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social aspects that must be addressed in order to ensure the responsible sourcing of construction products. In 2019, Qatar Steel has added a new feather in its cap by achieving a performance rating of “VERY GOOD” is continuously working to further enhance the rating.
Qatar Steel’s materials management was used to prepare a case study entitled “How Qatar Steel promotes responsible materials management” and published in April 12, 2021(Case study: How Qatar Steel promotes responsible materials management – Sustain Case – Sustainability Magazine)on the Sustain case website.
In 2021, the process of drafting the policy relating to responsible sourcing was started. The policy aims at defining how Qatar Steel will work with its suppliers and sets the minimum standards Suppliers have to satisfy in terms of compliance to Sustainable Development principles. The topics addressed in the policy relate to Fair Business Practices, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, and Human Rights.
Furthermore, in 2021 mapping of all the Tier 1 suppliers was carried out, and the evaluation of their performances over selected kpis relating to Quality Management, Environmental Protection, Social behaviour, Economic contribution to society, Ethical Behaviour, and Sustainability Reporting.
On the raw material souring front, Qatar Steel procures iron oxide pellets from globally reputed pellet producers and can be traced back the history of production up to the palletization plant. Similarly, steel scrap procured locally can be traced up to the supplier/trader level.
Qatar Steel’s Tier -1 suppliers mapping with sustainability topics is as below.