Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Metals Products Sector

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Louis Coppola

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Sustainability – What Matters in the Metals Products Sector
22-metals-productsRecent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Metals Products Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 14 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.
The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Metals Products Sector are:

  1. Materials
  2. Overall (Environmental)
  3. Water
  4. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  5. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  6. Indigenous Rights
  7. Security Practices
  8. Child Labor
  9. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  10. Anti-Competitive Behavior

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
Organizations included in the Metals Products Sector study are:
Acerinox SA, Acindar Grupo Arcelor Mittar, Alcoa, APERAM, ArcelorMittal, ArcelorMittal USA, BHP Billiton, Componenta, CSC STEEL HOLDINGS BERHAD, Elval, Essar Steel, Franke Artemis Group, Halcor, Inscape Office Furniture Corporation, JSW Steel Ltd., La Farga Group, Metair Investments Limited, METALLOINVEST,NLMK (Novolipetsk Steel), Novelis, NUCOR Corporation, Nyrstar, OutoKumpu, PELLICONI, Qatalum, Qatar Steel Company, Rautaruukki, SABAF, SAIL, Sandvik, SKF Group, SSAB, STX Metal, Talvivaara, Tata Steel, The Doe Run Company, Umicore, USIMINAS, V & M do Brasil, Xstrata, Copper Canada, Xstrata Copper Peru, Yamana Desenvolvimento Mineral
About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (

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