Outokumpu receives CARES award
Outokumpu has become the first stainless reinforcing steel producer to be granted by CARES a certificate for Sustainable Reinforcing Steel. The award was given to Outokumpu's production unit in Sheffield, UK in February 2012.
CARES helps to communicate the exceptional sustainability performance of Outokumpu stainless steel reinforcement bar and contributes to the establishment of ever more sustainable construction. The CARES certification allows Outokumpu to offer stainless steel to a wider range of green specified building projects. "Sustainability is an integral part of the decision-making process in today's construction industry. Customers choose suppliers based on cost, schedule, quality and sustainability. The CARES certificate gives us a competitive advantage as we are the first stainless reinforcement bar producer to hold this certificate," says Dr Stephen Jones from Outokumpu. To achieve CARES Sustainable Reinforcing Steel certification, a producer's quality and environmental management systems are assessed, as well as the company's social responsibility and sustainable sourcing practices. "During the certification process, Outokumpu was very committed and obviously highly aware of sustainability issues, both environmental and social", says Lee Brankley, Operations Manager, UK CARES. The CARES Sustainable Reinforcing Steel certification scheme meets the requirements of British Standard BS 8902:2009 as well as a number of private and public sector sustainability initiatives. UK-based CARES is also used widely in other areas, such as Hong Kong and the Middle East.
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