As part of our wider social engagement, we participate in several corporate responsibility initiatives. We are proud to see that our sustainability work has been recognized by multiple organizations.

Outokumpu's focus SDGsUN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have chosen six SDGs as the most relevant for our contribution. They are: Affordable and clean energy; Decent work and economic growth; Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Responsible consumption and; Climate action as well as Partnerships for the goals.

Read more about our contribution to the SDGs

Science Based Targets initiative

Outokumpu has been a member of the Science Based Targets initiative since 2016. We are committed to the ambition of keeping global warming below 1.5°C and updated our climate targets accordingly in 2021.

The approval of the Science Based Targets initiative for our climate targets means that the targets are aligned with keeping global warming below 1.5°C and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Outokumpu is the only stainless steel producer to have climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Outokumpu’s new near-term science-based target is to reduce direct and indirect emissions as well as its supply chain emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3) by 42% per tonne of stainless steel by 2030 from a 2016 base year. The new target marks a further 30% reduction from the 2020 level. The updated targets cover Outokumpu’s value chain from raw materials to own production and delivery.

Read more about our actions to mitigate climate change


Outokumpu joined the ResponsibleSteel initiative in 2019 and received the ResponsibleSteel certification for all its manufacturing sites in Europe in May 2024 as the first steel manufacturer in the Nordics. ResponsibleSteel is a global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for the steel industry. The initiative is developing an independent certification standard that helps the steel industry to communicate about carbon footprint and other sustainability aspects of their products and operations to customers and other stakeholders.

Read more about our ResponsibleSteel certification

Responsible mining

Outokumpu operates a chrome mine in Kemi, Finland. We are a member of The Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining, and Kemi mine is committed to the Finnish sustainability standard for mining. Read more about the environmental impacts of the mining operation in our Sustainability Review.

Read more about the Finnish sustainability standard for mining


Responsible Chromium

In September 2021, Outokumpu received the Responsible Chromium award from the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). The award was given to six ICDA member companies with a verified rating from the independent sustainability rating company Ecovadis. Outokumpu has been evaluated by Ecovadis to be within the top 1% of companies in the industry in terms of sustainability.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainability reporting