Producing Cleaner Steel for a Sustainable Future

Our Commitment to ESG

As the largest flat-rolled steel and iron ore pellet producer in North America, Cleveland-Cliffs makes a vital contribution to modern society. We recognize that all aspects of steelmaking, from the extraction and processing of the earth's mineral resources to the manufacture and finishing of steel, must be accomplished in a responsible manner that minimizes impacts on the environment and creates value for our stakeholders and society. Environmental stewardship is an essential element of our sustainable business strategy and is at the heart of our efforts to earn and maintain our social license to operate.

We seek to create shareholder value by implementing ESG (environment, social, governance) strategies that enhance this license to operate, improve safety and environmental performance, and reduce operating costs. Embedding these fundamentals into our business not only helps achieve environmental and social sustainability goals but helps ensure that we remain economically viable in a highly competitive industry. Through this approach, we look forward to generating opportunities for future generations.

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Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We acknowledge that one of the most important issues impacting our planet is climate change. The American steel industry is already among the cleanest and most energy-efficient in the world. That being said, Cleveland-Cliffs plans to do more. With Cleveland-Cliffs’ newly expanded footprint, we recognize our increased role in this important mission to address climate change.

Cleveland-Cliffs has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2030 from 2017 levels. This goal represents combined Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emission reductions on a mass basis combined across all of our Cleveland-Cliffs operations.

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Producing High Quality HBI: A Case Study in Sustainable Manufacturing

In 2020, we began production at our new Direct Reduction Plant in Toledo, Ohio. Our journey to bring the Direct Reduction Plant from idea to operation showcases Cleveland-Cliffs’ approach to sustainable development. The plant is:

  • The most modern, efficient and environmentally responsible Direct Reduction Plant in the world
  • Generating economic value with 140 full-time jobs and $17 million in annual wages and benefits
  • Contributing to our GHG reduction goals
  • Engaged with community partners and stakeholders
  • Operating with state-of-the-art environmental controls
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Strategically Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

At Cleveland-Cliffs, our commitment to the environment is central to our sustainability strategy. Our efforts are wide-reaching and comprehensive, as we strive for compliance and push for continuous improvement. We have set targets and are implementing programs to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, increase our energy efficiency, minimize waste and promote recycling and reuse, and continue to be good stewards of our natural resources.

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Creating Sustainable Value for Society

As the leading producer of flat-rolled steel in North America, we are a major employer and an engaged partner in the communities where we operate. Cleveland-Cliffs is focused on providing a safe work environment and quality jobs for our employees, and we partner with stakeholders who live and work around our facilities to support healthy, vibrant communities.

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Remaining Transparent About Our Business

At Cleveland-Cliffs, sound principles of ethical corporate governance are critical to obtaining and retaining the trust of all stakeholders, including investors, employees, customers, suppliers, and the communities in which we operate.

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Our Products

Our Products

Steel: A Sustainable Material

In advancing a more sustainable world, our product – steel – has a critical role to play. Our modern society depends on the inherent durability and recyclability of steel. Through technical innovations in our manufacturing processes and in the products we make, we are maximizing the sustainable value of iron and steel to benefit our customers and society as a whole.

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