NLMK Group’s environmental policy is based on production efficiency with minimal environmental impact. NLMK Group’s Environmental policy is seen as a long-term declaration of the top management, guiding the Company’s efforts to ensure the environmental safety of its operations in the regions where the Company has a presence and creating the foundation for environmental goal-setting.
Most NLMK Group production sites are compliant with the requirements of international environmental management standard.
NLMK Lipetsk's Environmental Management System was awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification in 2002. In 2005, 2008 and 2011 the plant successfully passed recertification audits performed by TÜV CERT (Germany) certification authority, which confirmed the compliance of its Environmental Management System with the standard. In 2013, NLMK Lipetsk initiated the change of the companies’ certification body to a single internationally recognized certification authority - BSI (British Standards Institution, UK) - that successfully conducted the 2014 certification audit and confirmed the compliance of NLMK Lipetsk’s Environmental Management System with the ISO 14001:2004 standard.
Stoilensky’s Environmental Management System was awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification by Det Norske Veritas (Norway) certification authority in late 2007. In 2010, Stoilensky's Environmental Management System passed a recertification audit, later on BSI carried out the certification audit in 2014.
In 2011 SOUZSERT (Moscow) awarded GOST R ISO 14001-2007 (ISO 14001:2004) certification to Dolomit's Environmental Management System, which passed a recertification audit performed by the same body in 2014.
Stagdok’s Environmental Management System was awarded GOST R ISO 14001-2007 (ISO 14001:2004) certification in 2011 by the Lipetsk State Technical University certification body, and passed a certification audit conducted by Moscow-based Techcentre-Register certification authority in 2014.
VIZ Steel’s Environmental Management System was awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification by SGS (Switzerland) in 2012. In 2013, BSI certification authority confirmed the compliance of VIZ Steel with ISO 14001:2004 standard. Later on, in 2016, BSI certification authority conducted a recertification audit.
In 2015, NLMK Russia Long launched the Environmental Management System at NLMK Metalware and NLMK Ural. BSI, NLMK Group’s single certification authority successfully completed the certification procedures at these companies and issued ISO 14001:2004 certificates of compliance.
In 2016 Altai-Koks completed the implementation of its Environmental Management System which was certified by BSI certification authority for compliance with ISO 14001:2004 standard.
In 2015 a new version of international standard ISO 14001:2015 “Environmental Management Systems. Requirements with guidance for use" was introduced, which establishes a systematic approach to environmental management, based on the concept of continuous improvement (PDCA model) and the methodology for assessing and managing environmental risks. In 2016, NLMK Group's Russian companies developed programmes to implement the new version of the ISO 14001 standard.
In 2017, BSI certification authority within an umbrella certification process has been conducting audits of Environmental Management Systems for compliance with ISO 14001:2015 among NLMK Group's Russian companies. Umbrella certification is designed to issue a single compliance certificate for all NLMK Group's production sites located in Russia.
To date, BSI has confirmed the compliance of Stoilensky and NLMK Kaluga (in 2016 in the framework of pilot projects), NLMK Lipetsk, Altai-Koks, Dolomit, VIZ Steel with ISO 14001:2015 requirements. In October 2017, they will be joined by NLMK Metalware and NLMK Ural. While in 2018, BSI, NLMK Group’s single certification authority, will audit Stagdok's Environmental Management System to confirm its compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.