Help for certification of environmental management systems

Severstal was the first metallurgical company in Russia to develop, implement and certify the Environmental Management System (EMS), which complies with international requirements and Russian environmental safety regulations.

ISO 14001 certificate was granted to Severstal for its multi-year environmental policy, which goes back to late 1980s when the first long-term Environmental Program, unique for the metallurgical industry at that moment, was approved. It was approved by the scientific research institutes. The key message of the Program, which, as the enterprise developed, was filled with new goals and objectives, remains the same – constant reduction of environmental stress during production.

In 1999, to make the EMS of Severstal comply with international requirements ISO 14001:1996 the company formed a work group, which consisted of representatives from Occupational Health and Safety and Strategic Planning departments of Severstal, as well as representatives from the regional Center “Ecological Epidemiology”. This type of management system was being developed for the first time at Severstal.

In September 2001, the BVQI international certification body conducted audit at Severstal to certify the compliance of the company with ISO 14001:1996. According to the results of the audit, Severstal’s EMS was recognized as well-functioning at all process cycles and meeting the requirements of standard ISO 14001:1996. Severstal was granted an International Certificate of Conformity.

In 2005, a new version of the international standard ISO 14001: 2004 was introduced. According to the results of the surveillance audit conducted in December 2005, the enterprise's EMS was found to comply with the requirements of the new version of the international standard.

The advantages of the company being certified to ISO 14001 are as follows:

  • more precise distribution of authority and responsibility within the company;
  • optimization of internal resources and control of using them;
  • fair shot to advertise their own products in media.

Additionally, there is a set of other factors (economic, social and environmental) to motivate the company for certification:

  • requirements of international partners for the EMS to be certified to ISO 14001;
  • requirements of investors (an environmental certificate is required to confirm environmental consistency);
  • relations with state supervisory bodies and public relations. When the EMS is up and running, the company better meets the requirements of state supervisory bodies.

Since 2001, the company has annually been undergoing external surveillance and recertifying audits of its environmental management system (EMS). The company also holds internal audits from time to time to measure the EMS performance, elicit non-conformities and check whether corrective actions are followed-up on from previous audits.

The latest recertifying audit was done in May 2018. The company proved that it fulfilled the obligations to maintain and improve the EMS, which conformed to the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and was recommended for re-certification (new Certificate of Conformity granted).