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 works to minimize the negative impacts of its operations, in addition to investing in preservation and environmental education initiatives, ascertaining its commitment to the quality of life of future generations. Thus, in order to ensure both a healthy and safe working environment and a supply of high quality products, the Company manages its operations in accordance with its Environmental Policy, SEMPRE, which means ‘always‘ in Portuguese and is also an acronym for:
Business Support: Incorporate environmental factors as part of every business decision.
Transparent Company: Keep permanently open communication channels with the government, employees and the community with respect to the Company‘s environmental issues.
Continuous Improvement: Continuously improve the environmental performance of its processes.
Pollution Prevention: Develop and encourage programs aimed to prevent pollution in its generating sources.
Adherence to the Environmental Legislation: Meet the current environmental laws and other requirements, seeking, wherever possible, to achieve better results than required.
Addressing of Non-Conformities: Identify and address environmental non-conformities in its activities.
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)