Russia's largest steelmaker has been honoured with the title of Sustainability Champion byThe World Steel Association (worldsteel). The title is awarded annually to steel companies that have proven their commitment to the principles of sustainable development, and is the main industry award in the field.

Contenders are evaluated based on their performance on such indicators as the use of recycled materials, atmospheric emissions, injury rates, investment in employee training and investment in new products and processes that support sustainable development.

In 2020, the company also joined Step Up, worldsteel’s decarbonisation programme, which aims to reduce the industry’s environmental impact, and prepared data on the life cycle of the resources it uses in the production process.

NLMK's high recognition was also prompted by the fact that it was shortlisted for the Excellence in Sustainability nomination at worldsteel's annual Steelie Awards. The company reached the finals with its slag processing project at NLMK Lipetsk, which involved recovering 25 hectares of its territory, processing 6Mt of secondary raw material, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85kt.

Worldsteel initiated its Sustainability Champions Programme in 2018 in order to support steel companies in the field of environmental protection, social policies, and corporate governance.

• NLMK operates production facilities in Russia, Europe, and the United States. The company’s steel production capacity exceeds 17Mt/yr.