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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate governance is a high priority for Sims Metal Management. We review and audit a wide range of resource usage across our business, whilst our core business of metal recycling benefits society as a whole. Recycling helps to preserve scarce natural resources, lessen water usage, reduce pollution and cut dependence on landfill.

Sims Metal Management’s Sustainability Commitment

Sims Metal Management has a corporate commitment to measure and report our sustainability performance in the following areas:

  • Energy use
  • CO2 emissions
  • Water consumption
  • Waste generation
  • Key Health & Safety indicators
  • Employee numbers and training

In fiscal year 2011, we improved our operational efficiency reducing carbon dioxide produced per tonne of metal recovered.

These key performance indicators, together with our reporting on fiscal parameters and corporate governance, form the basis of our response under the benchmark guidelines as set out in the Global Reporting Initiative. During 2011, Sims Metal Management participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP6) for the sixth consecutive year, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the forth time. We also participated in the CDPs inaugural Water Disclosure Report.

Reducing environmental impact

As part of a number of initiatives to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment in the UK we adhere to the globally recognised ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification.

The Global Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list identifies companies which consistently demonstrate superior leadership and performance on a range of environmental, social and governance policies relative to their industry peers.

Companies on the list are considered better equipped than their competitors to thrive and succeed in the longer term due to the sustainable approach used to manage their business.

Visit the Global 100 website for more information.

During fiscal year 2011, Sims Metal Management handled over 14.3 million tonnes of metal worldwide. The energy saved by recycling this metal rather than extracting virgin materials prevented the emission of more than 14.7 million tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere, almost enough to neutralise the carbon emissions of Sweden.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using recycled steel instead of primary ore in steel production reduces:

  • Energy consumption by 74%
  • Air pollution by 86%
  • Water consumption by 40%
  • Water pollution by 76%
Get in touch

Email or call 0800 008 7223 for further information about the Sims Metal Management approach to corporate social responsibility.