Sustainability

We are at the heart of moving society towards more ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable solutions.

Outokumpu contributes to a more sustainable world by producing stainless steel – a material with superior durability, longevity and recyclability. But it is not only about what we produce, but how we produce it.

Sustainable stainless steel production

Outokumpu is the global leader in sustainable stainless steel. Our product is at the very core of our sustainability approach. Sustainability is integrated into all of our operations, activities, and decision making. See the story of our Tornio stainless steel mill in Northern Finland and how it works in harmony with nature.

Our approach to sustainability

Protecting the climate

Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges the world is facing today. Outokumpu aims to protect the climate with our sustainable stainless steel. We are developing our operations to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. We are already on track to meet our short-term target of reducing our emissions by 20% by 2023. We work closely with our customers to help them develop solutions that further decrease their carbon footprint and reduce burden on climate.

Environmental impacts

Protecting the environment in the locations where we operate is our highest priority and a part of our licence to operate. We have made significant investments in environmental protection over the past years and we will continue to develop our processes even further. We aim to have a minimal impact on nature and biodiversity.

People and society

Outokumpu is deeply connected to the wider society through our employees, contractors, investors, local communities and other stakeholders. The safety and wellbeing of our employees is our highest priority and we conduct our business with the highest ethical standards. We also contribute to the wellbeing of communities through our economic impact.

Circular economy

Outokumpu uses high amounts of recycled materials. Stainless steel is endlessly recyclable without any loss in quality. It is also the most efficient way to reduce the environmental impact of production processes enabling us to produce sustainable stainless steel. So, we continuously aim for higher recycling rates in our operations. Currently, Outokumpu's rate of recycled content is the highest in the industry, over 85%.